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COVID-19 Update – March 4, 2021

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RFP for Payroll and Human Resources

Deadline for proposals – March 24, 2021

Download the link for full details – RFP for Payroll and HR 2021

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Dr. John Guilfoyle with an Update on recent positive COVID-19 cases in communities

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) has been notified that there are additional cases of COVID identified in the following communities:

• Wapekeka First Nation – one case

• Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation – one case

The individuals are currently isolating in the community. The SLFNHA Preventing Infectious Diseases (PID) team continue to support the community and conduct case and contact management. The situation will continue to be closely monitored.

We are emphasizing the importance of deciding to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available in your community. We encourage all who are eligible to get vaccinated in the upcoming program: Operation Remote Immunity. The vaccine will: protect you, protect your loved ones, slow the spread of the virus, and help end the pandemic.

We continue to encourage adhering to public health measures. This includes: physical distancing, handwashing, wearing masks/face covering in public where physical distancing cannot be maintained, staying in our social bubbles as much as possible, and avoiding unnecessary travel. We now emphasize the importance of avoiding the 3 Cs: close contact, crowds and closed spaces.

If you have any community member with symptoms that could be caused by COVID-19, please contact your nursing station to be assessed as a matter of urgency.

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Dr. John Guilfoyle with an Update on recent positive COVID-19 cases in Fort Severn

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) has been notified that there are an additional three cases of COVID identified in Fort Severn First Nation. The individuals are currently isolating safely in the community.

The SLFNHA Preventing Infectious Diseases (PID) team continue to conduct case and contact management and will continue to closely monitor the situation.

We are emphasizing the importance of deciding to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available in your community. We encourage all who are eligible to get vaccinated in the upcoming program: Operation Remote Immunity. The vaccine will: protect you, protect your loved ones, slow the spread of the virus, and help end the pandemic.

We continue to encourage adhering to public health measures. This includes: physical distancing, handwashing, wearing masks/face covering in public where physical distancing cannot be maintained, staying in our social bubbles as much as possible, and avoiding unnecessary travel. We now emphasize the importance of avoiding the 3 Cs: close contact, crowds and closed spaces.

If you have any community member with symptoms that could be caused by COVID-19, please contact your nursing station to be assessed as a matter of urgency.

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Dr. John Guilfoyle COVID-19 Update: New Case in Pikangikum First Nation

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) has been notified that there is an additional case of COVID in Pikangikum. This brings the total to 3 cases in the community. All cases are isolating safely in the community.

Case and contact management has been on-going. The SLFNHA Preventing Infectious Diseases (PID) team will continue to support the community and closely monitor the situation.

We are emphasizing the importance of deciding to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available in your community. We encourage all who are eligible to get vaccinated in the upcoming program: Operation Remote Immunity. The vaccine will: protect you, protect your loved ones, slow the spread of the virus, and help end the pandemic.

We also encourage adhering to public health measures and abiding by the recent Stay- At-Home Order, as declared by the province of Ontario. This includes: physical distancing, handwashing, wearing masks/face covering in public where physical distancing cannot be maintained, staying in our social bubbles as much as possible, and avoiding unnecessary travel. We now emphasize the importance of avoiding the 3 Cs: close contact, crowds and closed spaces.

If you have any community member with symptoms that could be caused by COVID-19, please contact your nursing station to bel yourself and your community, please send email to ACWinfo@slfnha.com

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Dr. John Guilfoyle on recent positive COVID-19 cases in communities

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) has been notified that there are positive cases of COVID in the following communities:
  • 1 case in Poplar Hill. No details
  • 3 new cases in Webequie in addition to yesterday’s case. All are
  • 2 cases in Pikangikum. No details yet
  • 1 case in Lac Seul – individual is currently isolating safely in
  • 1 case yesterday in an external worker who had left Nibinamik

Case  and  contact  management   has   started   and   is   underway   in   all cases. Preliminary investigations suggest that all are related to travel outside of communities, except for the Nibinamik case. The SLFNHA Preventing Infectious Diseases (PID) team will continue to support communities and closely monitor the situation.

We are emphasizing the importance of deciding to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available in your community. We encourage all who are eligible to get vaccinated in the upcoming program: Operation Remote Immunity. The vaccine will: protect you, protect your loved ones, slow the spread of the virus, and help end the pandemic.

We also encourage adhering to public health measures and abiding by the recent Stay- At-Home Order, as declared by the province of Ontario. This includes: physical distancing, handwashing, wearing masks/face covering in public where physical distancing cannot be maintained, staying in our social bubbles as much as possible, and avoiding unnecessary travel. We now emphasize the importance of avoiding the 3 Cs: close contact, crowds and closed spaces.

If you have any community member with symptoms that could be caused by COVID-19, please contact your nursing station to be assessed as a matter of urgency.

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Mikinakoos Children’s Fund – Video

For more information, visit the Mikinakoos Children’s Fund website mikinakoos.com

 

 

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JMK Hostel RFP

Click here – to view the RFP for JMK

Proposals must be submitted to SLFNHA by February 16, 2021

Please view document for further details.

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VIDEO – Sachigo Lake Radio Show – January 14, 2021

One of our community physicians, Dr. Langer was on the radio in Sachigo Lake First Nation on January 14, 2021.

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Dr. John Guilfoyle – Provincial Lockdown

On Tuesday January 12,2021, the Ontario government had announced a provincial stay-at-home order and new restrictions. The order is effective Thursday January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. The order will require everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, like going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.
Premier Doug Ford has warned that updated modelling, which is expected to be released early next week, will show “this is the most serious situation we’ve been in…since the beginning of the pandemic” and that “our province is in crisis.”
The recent decisions made by the province of Ontario, in light of increasing transmission of SARS-CoV-2, underscore that we need to exercise ongoing vigilance and continue efforts to keep the virus our of our communities. As your public health physician, I would like to make the following recommendations:
• Maintain perimeter security around communities to ensure all coming from high-risk areas are screened and subject to the public health measures the community has in place.
• Allow travel by community members in and out of the community for only essential reasons, eg. medical, educational, work, etc.
• Allow non-community members who are carrying out essential tasks into community provided there is adequate screening, isolation and observance of public health measures.
• Postpone discretionary visits from community members who live off-reserve.
• Test all returning community members, on entry and 5-7 days later, as surveillance for asymptomatic individuals.
• Encourage all who have symptoms compatible with COVID-19 to contact nursing stations for urgent assessment.
• Continue current in-community workplace and school practices
• Continue observance of current public health measures and adherence to social bubbles.
• Avoid close contact, enclosed and crowded spaces, as much as possible.
Your continued adherence to public health guidance and the care and caution you have implemented in the communities is very impressive. You have maintained the firewall that is keeping the virus out. We encourage that communities keep doing what you have been doing so successfully.
We would like to also emphasize the importance of deciding to get the influenza shot. This will help to avoid getting the flu and protect vulnerable members in the communities. We will now be looking at having the Moderna vaccine rollout in early February 2021. We will keep you updated as this matter develops.