At this time, we have 0 active case of COVID-19 in the community, 18 have been resolved.
Miigwech for your diligence in keeping our community safe.
In the surrounding communities, Six Nations has 11 active cases, and Haldimand-Norfolk has 67.
MCFN Organizational Lockdown
Chief and Council have approved a one-month extension of the Lockdown for our organization. The Organizational lockdown will be in effect until April 26th, 2021. During this period, please note the following:
• MCFN Operations will continue to be restricted to operational services only;
• Programs may proceed with on-reserve and off reserve program pickups, pending staff adhere to enhanced COVID-19 safety protocols;
• Necessary Social Health Services programming will continue, with enhanced COVID-19 precautions in place
• All in-person programming will be cancelled for the duration of the lockdown and virtual programming will take place whenever possible;
• Visitors or community members will not be permitted in MCFN administration buildings, the phone line will be manned by a receptionist from 8:30am-2:00pm, Monday through Friday, not including the 1 (one) hour lunch period of 12:00pm-1:00pm;
• LMR will be deemed essential for Community Wellness applications and on-reserve status cards.
Please note, if you require emergency assistance at this time relating to Social and Health Programs, you can contact their land line at 905-768-1181, and leave a voice mail at the applicable extension of the relevant party. If you require emergency Administrative support, please contact Kailey Thomson, Chief Operating Officer at 905-979-2957 or Kerri King, Executive Director of Operations at 289-527-0364. You also have the option to reach out to any member of Council. If you require other information or supports, I encourage you to look to our website and social media for relevant contact numbers and resources.
MCFN Businesses on Reserve
As a means of being able to enforce safe business practices, MCFN Chief and Council will be mirroring the provincial COVID-19 framework. This means that Council will be permitting OPP to enforce COVID-19 protocols in our community. This includes the implementation of fines for violations of the Reopening Ontario Act. A copy of the framework has been sent to all our businesses. As a note, Haldimand-Norfolk is currently in the Orange-Restrict stage.
This does not mean to be any less diligent in keeping our community safe. We are still asking you to take extra measures to prevent COVID-19 and the Variants of Concern from spreading in our community. This includes:
• Double masking, or wearing a single mask and a face shield. This it has been proven effective in preventing the transmission of this variant;
• Taking trips are only those of an essential nature only, that being groceries, pharmacy and if necessary, to work;
• Practicing physical distancing of 2-metres when out of your home to get essential supplies;
• Restricting your contact to people who live in their own home. For those who live alone, it is recommended that you limit your contact to one close household. We are asking you to please refrain from any public gatherings, especially ones where social distancing is not possible.
• Continuing to wash your hands, and practice good hygiene.
Vaccine Update
With the help of our MCFN staff, and the Haldimand Norfolk Healthcare staff, we have given a total of 568 people their first dose. At this time, MCFN is moving forward with the planning of our second dose clinic in April. If there are any changes, we will advise the membership accordingly.
Testing
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we are encouraging you to get tested. The results can be delivered to you in as quick as 24 hours.
Please contact the following Public Health Offices and follow their instructions:
• Haldimand Norfolk Public Health – 519-426-6170, ext. 9999
• Six Nations COVID-19 Assessment Centre – 1-855-977-7737 or 226-446-9909
• Brant County Public Health – 519-751-5818 or at covid.assessment@bchsys.org
Please note, the MCFN Community Health Office is not a Public Health Office, although it does assist with contact tracing and wellness checks for those who reside on MCFN.