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Notice of Positive COVID-19 Cases in the Sagamok Anishnawbek community [November 18, 2021]
Posted: Nov 18, 2021

Notice of Positive COVID-19 Cases in the Sagamok Anishnawbek community

[November 18, 2021]

Please be advised that the Sagamok Anishnawbek EOCG has been informed of two (2) positive case of COVID-19 associated with residents of the Sagamok community.  

Sagamok Community Wellness is working with Public Health Sudbury & District to contain the spread of the virus in our community and support individuals and families in the Sagamok communities in accessing testing  and providing for their needs in the event they need to isolate themselves. 

Our Community Wellness Teams will work to identify those in the Sagamok community who may have come into a high risk exposure.  High-risk exposures will be contacted and advised if they need to self-isolate, self-monitor and get tested for COVID-19.  If you are not contacted, you have not been identified as a high-risk exposure.

Please be aware that those calling about contact tracing are doing so remotely and their phone calls may display a phone number from outside our region or a private listing.  Please answer your phones to determine who is the caller. 

 

Further precautionary measures have now been put into place to protect our community from the potential spread of COVID-19, including:

· Limiting services delivered by the Sagamok Anishnawbek organization to essential and critical services only.  A contact listing for these services will be provided to community members in a home delivery scheduled for tomorrow. 

· Suspending operations of the Sagamok Bingo for the time being. 

· Informing incoming traffic that Sagamok Anishnawbek is now closed to visitors with a sign installed coming into the community off the bridge in Massey. 

· The closure of the Multi-Educational Centre to the public until further notice.  Please note that the Food Bank remains accessible through their respective entrance on the south side of the building. 

· Requiring the use of medical-grade face masks for employees and visitors to our public buildings and workspaces.  Please be aware that if you come to one of our workspaces with a cloth mask, you will be provided with a medical grade face mask. 

· Visitation will be suspended to the Elders Eagle Lodge until further notice.

· A strong request made to community residents to Stay At Home as much as possible for at least the next two weeks..  All community residents are strongly encouraged to help contain the potential spread of the virus throughout our community by staying home as much as possible and not visiting other households in-person. 

· A reminder to community businesses to be extra diligent in ensuring that their patrons practice safe behaviours, including wearing masks and managing capacity limits.

 

Residents and visitors to the Sagamok Anishnawbek community are urged to remain diligent in protecting themselves and others from COVID-19.  It is imperative that we all continue to follow public health guidance to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in our community, including washing hands, physical distancing and wearing a face covering that fully covers the nose, mouth and chin, and staying within our households as much as possible. 

Please be reminded that though you may have received your two doses of a vaccination, this does not mean that you cannot get COVID-19 or that you cannot be a carrier of the virus that could potentially be passed on to others.  If you have not yet received your full vaccinations, you are highly encouraged to do so.  For your convenience, you can get your COVID-19 vaccine every Wednesday at the Public Health Sudbury Districts offices located in the Espanola Mall.  Our Health Teams are currently working on plans to bring another vaccine clinic and booster shot clinic to the Sagamok community soon.  Please look out for clinic schedules. 

Families are also encouraged to revisit their own household isolation preparedness plans and ready them in the event that they are needed.  Every member of our families should be aware of symptoms of COVID-19 to watch out for, what their plans for isolation are an how to arrange for testing. 

Please be advised that COVID-19 tests must be done at a testing centre and must not use a rapid test.  To book an appointment (no walk-ins) with a testing centre, contact the COVID-19 Assessment Centre located at the Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre (825 McKinnon Drive, Espanola), Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm, by calling 705.869.1420 ext.4500. 

 

The EOCG will continue to assess the situation and provide updates as they become available to ensure our community remains informed. 

Please be advised that a notice will be provided to parents from the Education Director tomorrow as well informing them about changes impacting students. 

 

 

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