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SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATE  May 16, 2020
Posted: May 16, 2020

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SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK
COVID-19 RESPONSE
UPDATE 
May 16, 2020

 

 

The province has set out a plan to reopen the Ontario economy.  Relying on the best health advice in the world, a plan to bring us back to a state of normalcy, while 100% engaged in prevention, is being laid out.  This is a sign of the beginning of a recovery from the first wave the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is a sign that the efforts of everyday people have paid off; it tells us that the measures are working and people are in fact the way this pandemic will be resolved. 

Sagamok Anishnawbek is following its own calculated path.  To date, there have been 0 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Sagamok community.  Thanks for this goes to every member and resident of our Sagamok community who stayed home when asked to do so, who practiced social distancing when they wanted contact with their loved ones.  Thanks goes to everyone who gave a little of themselves so that we could all get through this. 

It is because of everyone that we have remained safe from COVID-19.  It is because of everyone that we can relax a little on some of what has been asked of everyone.  This notice details recent decisions of the Sagamok Chief and Council and Emergency Operations Control Group (EOCG).

 

Public Opinion Surveys to inform policy making

Be advised that Chief and Council would like to be informed on the array of public opinion concerning 2 important upcoming decisions. 

Weekly Trips Survey     In this week’s home delivery, households have received a paper survey to complete and return a survey drop box located at the main roadway access checkpoint.  This survey will seek the opinions of Sagamok community members of residents on the subject of increasing the number of weekly essential travel passes for each household from 1 per week to 2 per week.  Community members are asked to provide either a “yes” or “no” response to the question and any comments and feedback are also welcomed on the survey form to help inform a decision by the Chief and Council. 

Online Poll—Elections    An online poll (Survey Monkey format) will ask members of Sagamok Anishnawbek to provide an opinion concerning this summer’s upcoming Chief and Council elections.  In light of the current pandemic and expected continuation of physical distancing requirements, do you think that the Sagamok Anishanwbek Chief and Council election should remain as scheduled for early August of 2020 or be postponed until late fall?  Community members are asked to provide either a “yes” or “no” response to the question and any comments and feedback are also welcomed on the survey form to help inform a decision by the Chief and Council on Thursday, May 20. 

 

Harvester’s Travel Passes Reinstated

Be advised that travel passes are now available for harvesters to leave the Sagamok community to hunt, fish and gather foods and medicines from Sagamok lands and waters outside the Sagamok Anishnawbek reserve boundaries. 

· For families, vehicle day trips for harvesting are limited only to the number of working seatbelts in a vehicle going out. 

· For friends and family from different households, vehicle day trips for harvesting are limited to 2 persons per vehicle. 

Harvester passes can be obtained by calling Marilyn Jones at (705) 8032761 or emailing jones_marilyn@sagamok.ca from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 4:30pm.

 

Essential Workers Living Away From Home for Extended Periods no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days upon return

Be advised that those who must leave the Sagamok community to attend work, whether daily to an off-reserve work location or for extended periods of a week or more will no longer be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return to the Sagamok community. 

This decision comes after consideration of verification from the workplaces identified by our community residents that they have in place suitable measures in place to detect potential COVID-19 infections, such as temperature scans for fever and other workplace protocols in place to manage infections. 

 

Travelers to High Risk Areas for medical care no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days upon return

Be advised that those going to Sudbury or any other high-risk area with confirmed cased to access medical care will no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return to the Sagamok community, provided they use extreme precautions and  care when out to minimize exposure to the COVID-19 virus, including:

· Continuing to observe physical distancing and washing of hands

· Using hand sanitizer before entering and exiting your vehicle

· Using personal protection equipment (PPE), like gloves, masks and gowns, and carefully removing and disposing of PPE in a sealed garbage bag immediately after removal.

· Refraining from making any non-medical or health related stops while out

· Drivers should not accompany their passengers into a hospital or other health care treatment facility and instead remain with their vehicles and prepare to assist their passenger with disinfection when their visit is completed.

 

Still no access for Non-Resident Visitors

Be advised that entry into the Sagamok community will be granted to residents and essential service workers and deliveries only.  Anyone who is not a resident of Sagamok Anishnawbek is not permitted access to the Sagamok community.

To our off-reserve members who want to come home to stay:   

We love you and want you to be at home with us, but if you do come home, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and because you will be staying with someone, all the residents in the home you will be staying at will also be required to self-isolate. 

To our off-reserve members who want to visit family and friends:   

We love you and want to see you, but the risk of potential transmission is still too high.  Please have patience and continue to maintain contact with your loved ones through phone and online platforms.  The love you show us here in Sagamok by staying away for now is greatly appreciated.  The day will come soon when you can come home safely for everyone and we look forward to celebrating that day with you.  

To our off-reserve members who want to visit their cottages:   

It is still not safe to allow visitors into our community by non-residents.  You are one of our members, our family, but your entry into Sagamok even to check on your cottage still poses great risk to all our residents.  The time is coming soon when the risks will be smaller and we will welcome you back.  We look forward to that day, but it is not here yet. 

 

Elliot Lake now “safe” with no active COVID-19 cases

Be advised that Elliot Lake is no longer a restricted area for Sagamok shoppers to obtain their essential items.  After reporting confirmed cases in early April, Elliot Lake has seen these cases resolved and has reported no new cases for a 2 week period and now confirmed by the EOCG as a “safe” destination to visit for essential business. 

 

Fire Restriction Lifted for Campfires

Be advised that Sagamok (and now Ontario) has lifted the fire ban restriction that has been in place since April 3, 2020.  Campfires are now permitted in the Sagamok community.

Please exercise caution and only light a fire if you know that you can ensure you will be there to continually monitor it until extinguished.  Please do not make a fire in high winds and keep your campfire a safe size.  Finally: continue to observe social distancing.  Campfires are not social events.  Enjoy them with your family, not with your neighbours and friends. 

Be advised that Fire Permits will be required after Tuesday, May 19 for open burning at a cost of $5, available at the Fire Hall located in the Sagamok Administration Building. 

 

Miigwetch for your continued diligence making our community safe.

 

 

 

 


SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK

COVID-19 RESPONSE

PO Box 610   Massey, ON  P0P 1P0

(705) 865-2421      (800) 567-2896