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 2 active cases of COVID-19 in the community, 12 have been resolved. Miigwech to everyone for your diligence in keeping our community safe.
Last week, out of an abundance of caution, we closed two admin buildings as someone who had entered the buildings was advised to self-isolate.
MCFN Lockdown
As previously announced, Chief and Council have extended the Lockdown for our community. This lockdown will be in effect until February 16th, 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 February 16th;
• 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-4:30pm, 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.
Community Gatherings
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.
Precautions
The MCFN Chief and Council would like to remind everyone how important it is to take personal precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. These include:
• Wearing a 3-ply mask that covers your mouth, nose and chin, whenever you are in a situation where you are in contact with others and especially if you are unable to maintain the 2m (6 feet) social distancing. Scarves and bandanas are not deemed sufficient. Please remember to change your mask if it becomes soiled or damp.
• As well, Regular handwashing with soap and warm water is required. If not available, sanitizing your hands with an alcohol based sanitizing solution is recommended.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Ensure you practice good respiratory hygiene. Cover your cough or sneeze with your bent elbow or tissue, then dispose of the tissue immediately.
Miigwech to the YMCA of Oakville for helping keep our community safe with their donation of 22,000 adult medical masks, 2,000 children’s masks and a case of hand sanitizer. As well as Unity Health Toronto for their donation of 2,000 Disposable non-medical Masks, and 80 bottles of Hand Sanitizer. Your generosity is much appreciated.
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 goal of Canada’s COVID-19 immunization response is to enable Canadians to be immunized as quickly as possible against COVID-19, with high-risk populations as a priority. This includes:
• Elderly residents and staff of congregate living arrangements such as long-term care facilities, retirement homes and other care for seniors;
• Front-line health-care workers;
• Those in living or working conditions with elevated risk for infection or disproportionate consequences, including Indigenous communities.
The Chief and Council and the COVID-19 Working Group are currently working diligently on a vaccine plan, for when the vaccine becomes available to our community. We will continue to update accordingly.
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.