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May 28, 2020 – Public Service Announcement (PSA) – RE: COVID-19 Definitions: Confirmed Case vs. Presumptive Case

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Public Service Announcement (PSA)
May 28, 2020

RE: COVID-19 Definitions: Confirmed Case vs. Presumptive Case
Since its arrival, there’s been a lot of confusion about COVID-19. The following is a brief explanation on how the terms are defined:

Presumptive Cases:
A patient is tested for COVID-19 locally, for example, at the La Ronge Test Center. If the test comes back positive, it is considered as “presumptive”. All tests are then sent to a national body to be confirmed. In Saskatchewan, the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory (RRPL) in Regina now has the ability to do confirm testing for COVID-19 as a national test site.

Confirmed Cases:
Once this presumptive positive test is passed along for a confirmation, a scientist from the provincial lab in Regina re-confirms the diagnosis and then relays that information back to health authorities. This is when a test is considered as “confirmed”.

Example:
As an example, when you see a news headline that says “8 new presumptive cases of COVID-19, 4 more confirmed”. This means that eight cases are waiting to be confirmed nationally, while four cases already have. As well, you might hear it reported that there are 12 cases of COVID-19 in that particular area.

Again, we also want to encourage the band membership to be thoughtful and sympathetic to those who may eventually contract the virus. The stigma of contracting the COVID-19 virus can have significant strain on individuals and families, so it important we come together as a community and provide positive support for one another. Therefore, in this situation, we encourage you to:

 Share the correct advice and facts only;
 Avoid spreading rumours, hyperbole and gossip;
 Keep company through phone calls, texting, emails or social media;
 Help with getting groceries, prescriptions and other necessities;
 Show solidarity, love and kindness with those affected.

Again, as a collective group, we want to assure the LLRIB membership that we are working very hard on your behalf during this challenging and unprecedented time.

Respectfully,

LLRIB Emergency Control Group

Josephine Greyeyes – Emergency Coordinator

Kevin Roberts – Communications Coordinator
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PUBLIC NOTICE – May 15, 2020 RE: LLRIB COMMUNICATION PROCESS

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PUBLIC NOTICE

May 15, 2020

RE: LLRIB COMMUNICATION PROCESS

The Chief and Councillors are the elected government of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB). The function of the Chief and Council is to provide good governance for the Band including but not limited to making by-laws, strategic planning and fiscal management.

Over time, the LLRIB Chief and Council has developed an organizational structure to facilitate the efficient operation of programs and to encourage effective communication between the band, as an employer, its employees and the general band membership. To carry out the political and legislative decisions made by the Chief and Council, a public/civil service has been established and is headed by an Executive Director, who has overall operational responsibilities of the band.

Each band department is under the direction of a Program Director. The Program Directors report to the Executive Director with respect to their particular program. Directors do not have the ability to pass a bylaw that can be enforced; this is the role of Chief and Council. It should also be noted here, some situations differ slightly depending on the community. In sum, this is how the band operations are set up structurally.

In terms of the communication process, typically it is the duly-elected chief or, when required, a delegated councillor, who serves as the official spokesperson for the community and the organization. At this time, LLRIB is currently undergoing a leadership selection process and with Chief and Council out of office, the authority is then delegated to the Executive Director.

This year, however, brought forward new circumstances with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the March 20, while council was in campaign mode, LLRIB senior management (now referred to as LLRIB Emergency Control Group) implemented its Emergency Response Plan.

That plan also has a communication piece and through this, it was agreed at the time, the LLRIB Emergency Control Group, which includes the Executive Director and the Health Director, will communicate collectively through this process on all related pandemic matters. We are in a pandemic situation. There is no real value for any member of the Emergency Control Group to speak out or respond individually on social media regarding private and personal pandemic experiences as they may arise from time to time.

Once the newly-elected or incumbent Chief and Council returns back to office, the typical communication process will resume for these elected officials to speak on situations and matters as they usually do. Lastly, the LLRIB Emergency Control Group will continue its current and united communication process until further advised.

Thank you for your time and consideration on this matter.

Kevin Roberts
Communications Coordinator
LLRIB Emergency Control Group

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May 14, 2020 Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group

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May 14, 2020

Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group

With today’s announcement of a presumptive case identified in the Lac La Ronge area, the LLRIB Emergency Control Group is once again reminding the public to adhere to all guidelines and take all preventative, personal measures in regards to the COVID 19 pandemic. We would also like to thank those who are following all of the recommendations from LLRIB Emergency Control Group, this has been difficult for all of us and we commend you for your commitment to ensuring you and your families stay healthy and safe.

While this news may be alarming, we wish to assure the community all precautionary steps have been taken to address the situation as it evolves. It’s important to remember, all public health orders remain in effect and measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 must still be followed. We would also like to remind band members to continue being diligent and continue doing your part to keep yourself, your family and our community safe. We appreciate that people want to be outdoors as spring weather is now here, however we must remind you we still remain under restrictions. Again, please adhere to the following:

 Stay home and in your yard as much as possible
 Maintain social distancing guidelines (six feet or two metres from others)
 Avoid situations of gathering in groups (no more than 10 and limit to close family contacts)
 Avoid non-essential travel outside of the community
Monitor yourself for any flu-like symptoms

We also strongly encourage you to continue practicing “social/physical distancing” by limiting all forms of social interactions. Gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people (excluding family members living in the same household). Large public and private gatherings – indoors and outdoors – are still prohibited. Avoid all forms of social gatherings such as house parties, card games, home bingos, etc. The importance of social distancing cannot be emphasized enough and is a seriously urgent matter to adhere to.

In terms of going outside, you are encouraged to be outside on your own property, including your backyard or balcony, as long as you are not physically interacting within the set parameters. You may go outdoors, but only if you are asymptomatic and can maintain the required social distance of two metres at all times. You must maintain proper hand hygiene and avoid contact with shared surfaces (handrails, outdoor playground equipment, etc). Where possible, avoid all shared spaces and public places where you cannot maintain this distance.

Again, as a collective group, we want to assure the LLRIB membership that we are working very hard on your behalf during this challenging and unprecedented time.

Respectfully,

LLRIB Emergency Control Group

Josephine Greyeyes – Emergency Coordinator

Kevin Roberts – Communications Coordinator

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Who to Call About COVID-19

The wait times for 811 have been addressed and as per SHA there should be no wait time now.

LLRIBHS has initiated its own COVID-19 Health Line and the Public Health Nurse is able to do an assessment and refer patients for testing at the La Ronge Test Center, please call 306-425-1720 to speak to a Public Health Nurse in English or Cree.

The SPSA line can answer questions regarding the NSAD road blocks.

 

NITHA – Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)

Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)

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What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. COVID-19 is now a pandemic affecting many countries globally.
What are the Symptoms of COVID -19?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, sore throat or diarrhea. People of all ages who experience fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

How does COVID-19 Spread?
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are relatively heavy, do not travel far and quickly sink to the ground. People can catch COVID-19 if they breathe in these droplets from a person infected with the virus. This is why it is important to stay at least 2 metre (6 feet) away from others. These droplets can land on objects and surfaces around the person such as tables, doorknobs and handrails. People can become infected by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. This is why it is important to wash your hands regularly with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand rub.

How long does it takes after exposure to COVID-19 to develop symptoms?
The time between exposure to COVID-19 and the moment when symptoms start is commonly around five to six days but can range from 1 – 14 days.

Can COVID-19 be caught from a person who has no symptoms?
It is possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has just a mild cough and does not feel ill. Some reports have indicated that people with no symptoms can transmit the virus. It is not yet known how often it happens.

How can we protect others and ourselves if we don’t know who is infected?
Practicing hand and respiratory hygiene is important at ALL times and is the best way to protect others and yourself. When possible maintain at least a 2 metre (6 feet) distance
between yourself and others. This is especially important if you are standing by someone who is coughing or sneezing. Since some infected persons may not yet be exhibiting symptoms or their symptoms may be mild, maintaining a physical distance with everyone is a good idea if you are in an area where COVID-19 is circulating.

Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet?
Several dogs and cats (domestic cats and a tiger) in contact with infected humans have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, ferrets appear to be susceptible to the infection. In experimental conditions, both cats and ferrets were able to transmit infection to other animals of the same species, but there is no evidence that these animals can transmit the disease to human and play a role in spreading COVID-19.
It is still recommended that people who are sick with COVID-19 and people who are at risk limit contact with companion and other animals. When handling and caring for animals, basic hygiene measures should always be implemented. This includes hand washing after handling animals, their food, or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing, licking or sharing food.

How long does the virus stay on Surfaces?
Studies have shown that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel, less than 4 hours on copper and less than 24 hours on cardboard.

How to wash fruits and vegetables?
Fruits and vegetables are important components of a healthy diet. Wash them the same way you should do under any circumstance: before handling them, wash your hands with soap and water. Then, wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly with clean water, especially if you eat them raw.

How to grocery shop safely?
When grocery shopping, keep at least 2-metre distance from others and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. If possible, sanitize the handles of shopping trolleys or baskets before shopping. Once home, wash your hands thoroughly and also after handling and storing your purchased products.

Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID -19?
Not yet. To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicines against COVID-19. Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are currently under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials.

Adapted from the World Health Organization (WHO), May 01, 2020