It was inevitable that we would see cases in First Nation communities. Our goal is to quickly contain the spread of COVID-19 and limit it to small numbers of cases or clusters. We want to prevent widespread community transmission and avoid outbreaks in settings like health care facilities and schools. We remind everyone that we need to continue to be vigilant about following effective public health measures to reduce and slow the spread of COVID-19. At this time, we encourage the following actions:
- Be cautious with and if possible, delay travel to/from regions of the province designated as Orange (Restricted) or Red (Critical) risk levels.
- If you have family who live in other communities/areas from you, consider ways to connect that are lower risk for spreading COVID-19.
- Only travel to visit in vehicles with people who live in your household.
- Limit visit outside as much as possible.
- Avoid sharing food/serving dishes/utensils/condiments.
- If you are visiting older relatives, consider limiting your visiting with others or attendance at large gatherings.
- Practice physical distancing measures and stay 2m/6ft away from people who are outside of your household.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
- Regularly clean commonly touched surfaces such as door handles and countertops.
- Wear non-medical masks when you are in places where physical distancing cannot be maintained (e.g. crowded stores or when using public/community transportation services).
- Follow gathering size orders.
- Consider postponing any large gatherings or reducing the numbers who attend in person.
- Stay home and self-isolate if you have any new symptoms that could be from COVID-19, no matter how mild the symptoms are.
- Prepare for testing if your symptoms last for more than 24 hours.
Schools have reopened with the option of remote learning.
Checkpoints are currently at each entrance way of the community and only 262 Sagkeeng members and essential workers will be permitted in the community.
All offices and staff have returned to work, with restrictions and COVID-19 protocol in place.
Sagkeeng Superstore hours are currently 8 am – 9 pm Monday to Saturday and 10 am – 6 pm on Sundays, with a limit of 20 people inside at a time. Band members and long-time residents only.
We also ask members to refrain from posting concerns or reporting individuals on Social Media, as it can lead to panic and stress. Sagkeeng Health Centre will work closely with individuals to ensure the safety of our community. Please refer to the Sagkeeng First Nation website, social media pages for official information regarding COVID-19. Sagkeeng First Nation has been preparing for such a situation and all procedures and protocols are being followed to ensure the safety of the community.
If you have travelled outside of Manitoba, experience fever, cough, shortness of breath or have symptoms of a respiratory illness (regardless of travel), even if mild, stay home and contact Sagkeeng Health Services, 204-367-9990.
Stay vigilant, stay safe, stay strong and be respectful; we as a community will get through this together.
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