The MCFN Chief and Council and the COVID-19 Working Group are continuing to actively take precautions and actions to address the potential impacts of COVID-19 within our Nation.
At this time, we have 1 active case of COVID-19 in the community, 13 have been resolved. In the surrounding communities, Six Nations has 58 active cases, and Haldimand-Norfolk has 49.
MCFN Lockdown
Due to the numbers from our neighbors, Chief and Council have extended the Lockdown for our community. This lockdown will be in effect until March 1st, 2021. During this period, please note the following:
• MCFN Operations will continue to be restricted to operational services only;
• External contractors will not be permitted in MCFN buildings until after March 1st;
• Programs may proceed with on-reserve program pickups, pending staff adhere to enhanced COVID-19 safety protocols;
• Necessary SHS programming will continue, with enhanced COVID-19 precautions in place, including the Flu Shot Clinic, the Immunization Clinic and foot care for seniors;
• 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;
• External businesses will be provided with a MCFN letter signed by the Chief regarding Public Health recommendations, in terms of indoor gatherings and COVID protocols.
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. 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.
Lockdown Recommendations
During the MCFN lockdown, it is highly recommended that people restrict their 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. Virtual gatherings are highly recommended and can serve as a platform to connect with others in a safe manner.
Self-Isolation
If you have been advised to self-isolate, please do not leave your house unless it is a medical emergency, or you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and need to get tested. Stay in regular contact with health-care workers to advise you when your self-isolation period is over.
Payments
During the lockdown, members are encouraged to utilize electronic funds transfers or cheques as a means of paying any MCFN invoices. Once the buildings reopen for regular services, we will be again be able to accept in person payments, with enhanced COVID precautions in place.
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.
Vaccine
The Chief and Council and the COVID-19 Working Group currently have a vaccine plan in the works, for when the vaccine becomes available to our community. Members of the COVID-19 working group are also sitting on the Haldimand-Norfolk Vaccine Task Force, and will be observing dry runs of how their vaccine clinic will work. We are also planning to do a dry run in the near future after our vaccine rollout plan is finalized.
We are also sitting on the provincial table, shortage of vaccines have limited supplies across Canada. We are hopeful that at the end of March or April we can begin vaccination in the community for those who wish to be vaccinated.
Once again, we cannot stress enough how important it is to follow the Public Health guidelines. We learned during the first wave, that we can effectively curve the spread of COVID-19 when we work together. Let’s keep our community safe and ring in a much better and safer 2021.
The MCFN Chief and Council are responsible for making decisions that impact the Membership. If you have any concerns, please contact any member of the table.