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Posted: Mar 12, 2020


March 12, 2020

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 virus to be of Pandemic Level Status. Earlier in the day, the Sudbury and District Public Health announced Sudbury’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 with an individual returning from a conference in a high-risk area along with 100 others from Sudbury who may also have been exposed to the virus.

Immediately upon learning of the WHO declaration, Sagamok Anishnawbek Chief and Council made the decision to withdraw the participation of Sagamok hockey teams from this year’s Little NHL tournament in Mississauga. Sagamok Anishnawbek’s Emergency Operations Control Group (EOCG) met in the late afternoon to reassess the risks associated with COVID-19 on the Sagamok Anishnawbek community and determine a plan of action to mitigate the risks of exposure.

Concerns discussed by the EOCG included:

  • Travel outside the Sagamok community should be discouraged, especially to high risk areas that have confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus
  • Person-to-person contact should be discouraged, including handshakes and hugs, and especially around high risk populations with immune system deficiencies, like Elders and young children.
  • All residents of the Sagamok community are asked to report any flu symptoms
  • Staff, community members and residents have travelled to Toronto for business, medical or personal matters

The EOCG has decided upon the following measures to limit risk of community exposure to the COVID-19 virus:

· Those who have travelled to Toronto have been directed to self-isolate themselves from the general community for a period of 14 days. They have identified who they may have come into contact with since their return. Those who may have been exposed have been contacted and asked to monitor themselves for symptoms and self-isolate themselves as well.

· Organizational travel for staff and Chief and Council will not be permitted to locations outside the Sagamok community.

· All residents of the Sagamok community are asked to report suspected flu symptoms to Sagamok Naandwedjige-Gamik by calling (705) 863-0084 during regular hours of operations.

· Residents are to be advised of the necessity of self-reporting flu symptoms to help monitor the potential exposure and spread of COVID-19 in the Sagamok community.

· Residents are to be advised of the importance of self-isolation to contain illness in the Sagamok community upon noticing any flu like symptoms.

· Residents are to be advised of prevention methods, including limiting person-to-person contact, restricting their travel plans, and hand washing and other hygiene related measures.

· Medical Transportation drivers will take steps to minimize the risk of exposure to the virus for all passengers and their own protection.

· Staff at the Elders Eagle Lodge will be required to complete self-monitoring reports when coming on and off each shift. Surveillance of residents of the Elders Eagle Lodge will continue.

· All community members are asked to limit their in-person visits with their Elders to limit exposure of this high-risk group. All members of the public are asked to limit their visits to the Elders Eagle Lodge to minimize risk for residents. Relatives and friends are encouraged to explore other ways of maintaining contact with their Elders, including telephone and on-line video options like Facetime, Skype, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

· Surveillance will continue at Biidaaban Kinoomaagegamik and Shki Waase Aaban Binoojiinh Gamik, monitoring learners as well as teaching and school support staff for signs of illness

· No large group programming or events will be hosted through the Sagamok Anishnawbek organization. This effectively cancels the Sagamok Bingo operations until further notice.

· Small-group community based programming will be permitted to continue in Sagamok and Massey



Flu-like symptoms?

Please self-report to our hotline!

Help keep our community safe!

(705) 863-0084



Sagamok Anishnawbek PO Box 610 Massey, ON P0P 1P0 (705) 865-2421


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