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SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK COVID-19 RESPONSE   NOTICE    March 20, 2020
Posted: Mar 20, 2020

SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK COVID-19 RESPONSE

NOTICE    March 20, 2020

 

BAND SERVICES REMAIN FOCUSED ON CRITICAL & ESSENTIAL SERVICES, VISITOR CONTROLS IN EFFECT

 

With the recent spread of confirmed COVID-19 cases into northern Ontario’s Sudbury and Algoma districts and Declaration of a State of Emergency by the Premiere of Ontario,

 In response to the public health threat posed by the COVID-19 virus to our community, Sagamok Anishnawbek made the decision to reduce operations of the organization to provide only those services that are critical and essential to the functioning

 Those offices and workspace locations that remain open to deliver critical and essential services do so with strict visitor and sanitation controls in place.  Be advised that:

 · If you call to schedule an appointment at any of our service delivery locations, you  will be asked whether you might be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, difficulty breathing). 

 · If you visit any of our service delivery locations, you will be asked to first either wash or sanitize your hands and then be asked whether you might be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. 

 We thank everyone for helping us keep our staff and visitors safe. 

 

REPORT YOUR SYMPTOMS

 If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever or shortness of breath), it is important to call and report your symptoms to Public Health Agency of Canada or Public Health Unit Sudbury Districts.  When you do, you will be advised of what to do next. 

 We also ask that you continue to report symptoms to the Sagamok Anishnawbek COVID-19 Reporting Hotline so that we can be prepared to respond as needed in the Sagamok community and help identify precautions and supports that may be needed by families impacted by the virus. 

 

Medical Advice Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000

Report Symptoms Public Health Sudbury & Districts    (705) 522-9200  or  1-866-522-9200

Sagamok COVID-19 Reporting Hotiline       (705) 863-0084

 

REQUIRED FULL-ISOLATION OF INDIVIDUALS WITH COVID-19 SYMPTOMS & CONFIRMED CASES

If Public Health confirms that you are experiencing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus or confirms that you have been positively tested for the virus,  

· You are now required to go into  full isolation.  This means that you will now have to isolate yourself completely from others, restrict all visitors from your self-isolation area, and stay in place (at home or whereever you have chosen to fully isolate.

 

SELF QUARANTINE FOR TRAVELERS, HOMECOMERS

If you travel outside of the Sagamok community or are coming home for a visit from a high risk area with confirmed cases of COVID-19,

· You are asked to self-quarantine yourself for a period of 14 days when you reenter the Sagamok community and severely minimize contact with those outside your home in the greater community.  This request is particularly important in relation to our community’s vulnerable populations, including Elders and those with pre-existing medical conditions that bring these people higher risks if they contract the COVID-19 virus.  Please restrict visiting any of our vulnerable people.  If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19 during your self-quarantine, you are asked to report your symptoms as identified above.  Quarantine refers voluntarily removing yourself from contact with others while you monitor yourself for symptoms.  You may not be sick at this point, but you may in face be carrying the COVID-19 virus and may pass it on to others. 

 

HOME SIGNAGE, ARRANGE FOR SUPPORT

In the event you or a member of your family finds that you need to enter either Self-Isolation or Self-Quarantine, or if you are a member of our particularly vulnerable, you should place a sign in your door or other visible area to visitors identifying your need for zero contact. 

If your are under self-isolation or under self-quarantine, you are going to require supplies to get through.  Ensure that you make contact with someone who is able to provide this service for you while minimizing contact to them and further exposure to other diseases for yourself.  If someone in your family goes into either self-isolation or self-quarantine, make contact with them to see if they need your help with considerations for minimal contact requirements. 

Sagamok Anishnawbek has developed signage to for residents to place in visible locations advising visitors that their home is either under self-isolation or self-quarantine or that a vulnerable person resides inside and that no person-to-person contact is allowed.  Signage will be distributed from home to home and at retail outlets in the Sagamok community. 

 

GATHERINGS IN THE SAGAMOK COMMUNITY

Ontario’s Emergency Declaration restricts large group gatherings to 50 or more individuals.  Sagamok Anishnawbek advises community members to restrict social gatherings completely and encourages even smaller group gathers of no more that 15 individuals if gatherings must occur. 

 

STAY INFORMED

We ask everyone to help us respond as a community to the 

COVID-19 in a way that is calm, informed by the facts available to use to make good decisions, prepare themselves and cope with the limitations on themselves and their families during this time of social distancing and diligence in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community. 

Please monitor your exposure to media for COVID-19 related news and information to ensure that what you are informing yourself on is from credible and reliable sources.  Try to stay away from conspiracy theory content or content that detracts from the key messaging of safety coming from reliable health agencies and authorities, official federal and provincial government channels and Sagamok Anishnawbek Emergency Operations Control Group (EOCG).   

 

“HONOURABLE RESPONSIBILITY”

We call upon our families to come forward into their roles of  support the needs of our vulnerable members and residents so that they are able to take the precautions that they need to minimize their risks.  Families are also called upon to plan and ready themselves to be able to support their own members who find themselves in need of self-isolation support.  If someone in your family finds themselves with COVID-19 symptoms or is confirmed as a case of the virus and they need to isolate themselves, other member may become displaced and require lodging for the period of isolation.  Those under isolation will also need supplies delivered and emotional support or of other needs through telephone or online communications platforms.  Stay connected with them to provide them with ongoing strength to get through their trying time alone. 

Remember to not forget about those of our vulnerable populations who choose to self-isolate to protect themselves.  They will need a regular check-in—at least daily—to see how they are and if they need anything.  It may be just to talk to someone, so please make it a point to reach out to someone at least once a day. 

 

OUR RESPONSE WILL EVOLVE AS CIRCUMSTANCES, INFORMATION CHANGE

Sagamok Anishnawbek Emergency Operations Control Group (EOCG)  makes decisions based on the most current available information received from authoritative sources inclusive of Public Health Agency of Canada and Public Health Ontario. The EOCG continues to meet daily to reassess risks of the COVID-19 virus to the Sagamok community and adjust its approach as needed to ensure the safety of everyone in the Sagamok community. 

 

Miigwech for doing your part to help us keep our Sagamok community safe. 

 

 

 

 

CRITICAL &

ESSENTIAL  SERVICES

 

FINANCE

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

Open Friday mornings for cheque pickup from 9:00am—12:00pm

 

HEALTH SERVICES

 

COMMUNITY CARE 

HEALTH ACCESS CENTRE

Call for Appointment: 

(705) 865-2171

*only Nurse Practitioners, Doctors

Monday-Thursday

Thursday evening 4:00pm-7:00pm

 

MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION

SERVICES

Call to book essential trips:

(705) 865-2171

Wherever possible, those requiring non-emergency medical transportation will be asked to arrange their own transportation to and from appointments using Medical Transportation Slips.  Any trips approved using Sagamok vehicles and drivers will be provided for single client trips only to reduce the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus and vehicles will be disinfected after each client use. 

 

SOBOXONE TREATMENT

SERVICES

Call for appointment

(705) 865-2192

 

HARM REDUCTION SUPPLIES

(needle kits, meth pipes)

Call for appointment

(705) 865-2192

Wednesday, March 25  

9:00am—2:00pm

Thursday, April 2  

9:00am—2:00pm

 

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

 

FOOD BANK

Call for appointment

(705) 865-1850

Mondays—Wednesdays—Fridays

10:00am—4:00pm

 

MILK PROGRAM

Call for appointment

(705) 865-1850

Fridays  10:00am-supply runs out

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

 

ROADS

Road infrastructure maintenance

Service continues as normal

 

WATER

Water production, distribution

Service continues as normal

 

HOUSING

* Plumbing & Heating work

orders Only

 

FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES

Fire and First Response Services

Normal full service coverage

 

WASTE MANAGEMENT

Recycling and Garbage Pickup

Services continue as normal

* please have your materials at the road by 7:00am

 

Tuesday        Residential Recycling

Wednesday Commercial Recycling

Thursday      Residential Waste

Friday            Commercial Waste

 

Diversion Program Assistance

Pamela Sago Toulouse

(705) 863-0218

 

Victim Services Assistance

Joslyn Paibomsai    (705) 863-5074

 

By-Law Enforcement Assistance

Barb Southwind     (705) 863-1002

 

All buildings that remain open

to critical and essential service operations will be required to maintain hourly disinfection

procedures 

 

 

 

Wash your hands often. 

Stay home. 

Minimize personal contact. 

 

Report COVID-19 symptoms (coughing, fever, shortness of breath) and self-isolate for 14 days if you have symptoms to prevent the spread of the virus. 

 

At this time, Sagamok community members are advised:

1. Wash your hands and wash them often. 

2. Stay home.  Don’t go anywhere you don’t need to go and if you do need to go somewhere, take all the precautions you can to protect yourself and others

3. Minimize your contact with others as much as possible, even within your immediate family, but particularly with Elders and other vulnerable people in our community. 

4. If you do experience symptoms of COVID-19 (coughs, fever or difficulty breathing):

Call Telehealth Ontario for medical advice at 1-866-797-0000 or Public Health Sudbury & Districts at (705) 522-9200 (1-866-522-9200).

5. If you haven’t done it already: it’s time for families to make plan for what they are going to do if COVID-19 impacts their homes and extended families.  Do you know how to self-monitor for COVID-19 to recognized the symptoms?  Do you have a plan if someone in your family needs to self-isolate?  Do you have a plan to help others in your extended family if they need to self-isolate or relocate because others in that home are self-isolating?  Do you have a plan to obtain the supplies your family needs while minimizing exposure?  Now’s the time to pull out your family plans and refresh how you’re going to protect yourself as a family.

6. Pick up the phone and call your family and friends to check in on them, to see if they need anything if you are planning a trip to a store, or to if they need someone to talk to. 

 

 

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