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SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE NOTICE - March 18, 2020
Posted: Mar 18, 2020

SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE

NOTICE - March 18, 2020

We are taking serious measures to ensure all our community members are safe - and continue to stay safe - and to ensure that the services Sagamok community members rely upon continue to be delivered.

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Effective March 18, 2020

Sagamok Anishnawbek offices and services locations are closed to visitors with focus now on ensuring the continued delivery of Essential and Critical Services to the Sagamok community. At this time, offices are planned to reopen on Monday, April 6, 2020 for regular operations.

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SAGAMOK BAND OFFICE

There will be no access permitted into the Sagamok Anishnawbek Administration Building for anyone not engaged in performing an essential or critical service.

Finance and Accounts Payable

Cheques will be available for distribution at the Sagamok Anishnawbek Administration Building on Friday mornings for a 3 hour period between 9:00am and 12:00pm (noon). Until operations resume, these dates are Friday, March 20, March 27 and April 3.

Those presenting themselves to pickup a cheque will be met one-at-a-time in the main entrance. Individuals will be verified and a cheques will be distributed through the door with non direct person-to person contact. If cheques are being picked up by someone other than listed on the envelope, standard sign-out procedures will apply with a clipboard for signing out cheques provided. Please note that all those entering the main entrance area to pick up a cheque will be asked to disinfect their hands upon presenting themselves.

We ask everyone to remember that if they are presenting any symptoms of COVID-19 (coughs, fevers, difficulty breathing) to not come to pick up cheques, but to send someone who is not showing any symptoms of the virus instead.

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SAGAMOK NAANDWEDJIGE-GAMIK

Community Health Access Centre

The Sagamok Community Health Access Centre will remain open to patients with scheduled appointments to see visiting Doctors and Nurse Practitioners though will not see patients with symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus. Be advised that the Community Health Access Centre will not be open on Fridays as there are no Doctor or Nurse Practitioners visiting the community then.

Medical Transportation

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.

Che-Anishnawbek M’gizi Wiigwam

Be advised that no access will be provided to visitors to the Elders Eagle Lodge. Surveillance will continue at the long term care facility, monitoring residents and self-monitoring staff for symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. Personal Support Workers (PSW) Services will continue to be delivered.

Sagamok Food Bank & Milk Program

The Sagamok Food Bank and Milk Program will remain open during regular service hours (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) from 10:00am—4:00pm, though all clients are asked to call ahead to set up an appointment to minimize group visitations to the program location in the Multi-Educational Centre.

Soboxone Services

Soboxone services will continue through Saswin Mental Health, Addictions and Cultural Services located at 51 Kokoko Miikan though by appointment only. Please be advised that strict visitor controls will be in place at this facility and visitors are to follow signage at the facility.

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CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

All critical Roads maintenance and operations, water production and distribution, waste collection services and fire protection services will continue under normal operations.

Housing repair and maintenance work orders will be limited to only those concerning emergency plumbing and heating.

All buildings that remain open to critical and essential service operations will be required to maintain hourly disinfection procedures and all offices and workspace locations now closed will be thoroughly sanitized and disinfected.

Anyone attempting to access Sagamok Anishnawbek offices and workspace locations that remains open but is displaying any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus will be

  • advised to report their symptoms to Telehealth Ontario for medical advice at 1-866-797-0000 or Public Health Sudbury & Districts at (705) 522-9200 (toll-free 1-866-522-9200).

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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.

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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 (toll-free 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 at the store if you are planning a trip, or to see if they need someone to talk to.

 

 

 

Please be aware that we make decisions based upon the information we receive from authoritative sources inclusive of Public Health Agency Canada and Public Health Ontario. The Emergency Operations Control Group will continue 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 Sagamok community.

 

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