April 16 2020 - Leadership Update - Final Version 2

BIGSTONE CREE NATION & MUNICIPALITY DISTRICT NO. 17

 

April 16, 2020

Hello and Tansi;

 

We would like to clarify a few things for the residents;

 

The Emergency Command Centers would like to address that in recent passed bylaws by both governments that “anyone leaving the community and upon return is to Quarantine or self-isolate for 14 days”.

 

Quarantine / self-isolate

Quarantine / self-isolate meaning that you and all in your home stay within the property of the home and not have any visitors. 

 

Quarantine for 14 days if you have no symptoms and any of the following apply:

 

  • you are returning from travel outside of the communities (mandatory quarantine)
  • you had close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19
  • you have been told by the public health authority that you may have been exposed and need to quarantine

 

If you or someone in your family develops symptoms during quarantine then contact the COVID Helpline to start a process of getting tested.

 

 

Totally Isolate

Totally Isolate relates to a person who is symptomatic (sick), has been tested and is waiting for results or someone who has confirmed COVID-19.  During this time the person should be as isolated as possible from all family members to prevent the spread to other family members.

You must totally isolate if any of the following apply:

 

  • you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are waiting to hear the results of a lab test for COVID-19
  • you have symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild
  • you have been in contact with a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19
  • you have been told by public health that you may have been exposed to COVID-19
  • you have returned from travel outside Canada with symptoms of COVID-19 (mandatory)

 

 

 

Curfew

There is a curfew in effect for all areas, and the Emergency Command Centre has addressed the idea for the future but for right now the curfew will stay the same. We believe that with all the precautionary measures that were put in place from the beginning has prevented any positive COVID-19 cases in our communities, if there any changes in the future those changes will be updated on the Bigstone Health Commission and MD Emergency Management Facebook pages.

 

We would also like to inform you that because there is curfew, this means that you are at your residence before the curfew. Daylight is longer, just because there is a curfew does not mean that you are to be inside from the curfew start, we are asking that all residents are within their property lines, by all means if you have yardwork, or if you would like to walk around your yards then please do so, just stay within property lines. Do not confuse the Curfew with Cabin Fever.

 

Another thing we wanted to mention is at some point in our lives especially now during this pandemic we all have stressful times. Our mental health can be impacted by such things as financial pressures, unexpected difficulties, unemployment or other stressful situations. I just wanted to mention that if you or a family member require any support that Bigstone Community Wellness is closed to the public but they are still taking appointments through the phone or videoconferencing. They offer programs of suicide intervention, educational groups, recovery groups will be starting up again next week, mental health therapy, addictions counselling, individual/family counselling, community support groups, cultural support, they have youth activities starting up there’s a contest that started up the other day. They also started up a new facebook page called the Bigstone Community Wellness or the number to call is 780-891-3777 or toll free 877-767-7060 or you can txt 780-891-8831.

 

COVID-19 Helpline

The COVID-19 Helpline has changed its operating hours to 8:30 am to 10:00 p.m. Sunday to Saturday.  Telephone number is still 780-891-3567.

 

Thank you to all the residents with ensuring that we do not bring the virus home, as of yesterday’s update from your local doctors, there are no confirmed cases in Wabasca and within the Municipality.