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

Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)

Click Link to Print – Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)

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

April 15, 2020 Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group

April 15, 2020

Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group

The LLRIB Emergency Control Group is asking for your understanding and cooperation to address travel concerns in regards to the COVID 19 pandemic.

In addition to the road monitoring in our communities, we are asking our community members to respect and adhere to the following:

  • Travel out of the community should be for emergency or medical-related purposes only
  • Remember that when travelling south that the case numbers are growing everyday and to stay vigilant on hand washing and limiting your exposure

We are attempting to put guidelines in place to minimize any possible community transmission of the virus. The reality is, that if our members do not follow the advice and COVID -19 does infiltrate our communities we do not have the necessary resources such as nurses, doctors and oxygen therapy supplies that would be needed to manage such an outbreak. Think of the people in your family and community that would not have the immunity to fight this virus. The most vulnerable are those who are immuno-compromised, have underlying health conditions and our Elders. Each individual person must do their part in infection control practices and prevention of the spread of COVID – 19.

Information kits have been provided to the Road Monitoring sites to educate members and encourage the recommendations be adhered to.

Again, as a reminder, please wash your hands frequently with soap and water as it is best prevention for transmitting the spread of the COVID 19 virus. Use hand sanitizer only in a public place and where soap and water are not accessible.

In addition we strongly encourage you to continue practicing “social distancing” by limiting all forms of social interactions. This means avoiding 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 serious and urgent matter to adhere to. As a group we can make recommendations but each person has a responsibility to protect our communities.

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.


Josephine Greyeyes/LLRIB Emergency Response Team


NITHA – Re: Upcoming Holiday Long Weekend – High Risk of COVID-19 Transmission at Family/Mass Gatherings

Click Link to Print/View PDF – MHO Memo to Chief and Council_COVID-19_9Apr20

April 9, 2020

To: Chief and Council

Northern First Nations Communities
From: Dr. Nnamdi Ndubuka, Medical Health Officer, Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA)

Re: Upcoming Holiday Long Weekend – High Risk of COVID-19 Transmission at Family/Mass Gatherings

Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA) public health officials are concerned about the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks in communities during holiday gatherings, meals and religious observances. We have been informed that some communities are planning to host derbies during the upcoming holiday.

I humbly ask Chief & Councils, community leaders and our partners to work with NITHA to restrict in-person holiday gatherings over the weekend. So far, the collective efforts of individuals, families and communities to delay and prevent the spread of COVID-19 are working. Thank you for your impressive efforts. Unfortunately, our efforts to control the spread of COVID 19 must remain in-place (even over the holiday weekend) to be effective.

COVID-19 spreads rapidly during gatherings and does not “take a break” during special occasions. In Newfoundland, hundreds of people contracted COVID-19 and two people died so far after attending a funeral. A similar story in Seattle during a choir practice where nobody had symptoms. There could be undiscovered cases in your community right now who do not even know they are sick. Everyone must behave as if COVID-19 is already circulating in the community.

We want to ensure you do not experience a COVID-19 outbreak in your community because of gathering over the weekend. The most recent public health order restricts gatherings to no more than 10 people in one room, unless they reside in the same home. Here are some suggestions to comply with this order and protect your community from an outbreak. These strategies limit physical connection while maintaining social, mental, emotional and spiritual connection:
• Restrict in-person holiday gatherings to only people living in the same home. We especially recommend restricting visitors from outside your community.
• Consider a virtual gathering or religious service or make phone calls to family.
• Deliver extra food to Elders or families in-need but do not visit or make in-person contact.
• Practice handwashing, environmental cleaning, physical distancing at every possible opportunity.
• Work with knowledge keepers to reduce the risk of exposure during spring ceremonies.

This is an unprecedented time for everyone. Some may feel distressed and overwhelmed with physical distancing specifically around celebration times. It’s important to follow the precautionary measures in the Public Health Order, but we must also focus on overall well-being and self-care.

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Please be reminded of the available mental health counseling eligible through:
Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Mental Health Counselling Benefit. Additional information is available on: or by directly contacting NIHB Saskatchewan Regional Office: 1-866-885-3933.

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310 or the on-line chat at It’s toll-free and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

• Questions and requests related to COVID-19 should be sent to our generic email address at to allow our team to provide you with a coordinated and timely response.
• General information on COVID-19 and provincial resources can be found at: and
• Individuals who are concerned about symptoms or risks related to COVID-19 should call Healthline 811 or the community health center or use the online self-assessment tool found here

We encourage you and your community health team to continue to participate in the weekly NITHA COVID19 Working Group Meetings held on Tuesdays 10:00am – 11:00am and Information Sessions offered jointly with FNIH-ISC on Thursday afternoons at 2:00pm – 3:00pm.

Attached are some social media materials to help you share these messages widely among your network. – 

Dr. Nnamdi Ndubuka
Medical Health Officer
Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority

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RE: Income Assistance COVID 19 Additional Assistance

April 7, 2020

*RE: Income Assistance COVID 19 Additional Assistance*

COVID 19 Additional Assistance will be provided for all La Ronge, Hall Lake and Sucker River Income Assistance clients.

This is a one-time assistance for all adult income assistance clients. This assistance will be in the form of a purchase order. Each adult will receive $150 to purchase groceries and cleaning supplies.

La Ronge clients will have their PO sent to Keethanow Store. Hall Lake clients will have their PO sent to Hall Lake Gas Bar and Sucker River clients will have their PO sent to Sucker River Store.

There is no need to call in to register for this additional assistance. If you are an active income assistance client you will receive it.

Purchase orders will be released to the stores Tuesday, April 14, 2020. There is no need to pick up PO slips at the Social Development office.

Stay safe

Thank you, Social Development Staff

Social Development

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April 7, 2020 – Notice to Band Members that reside off-reserve

Click Link to Print/View – Letter to Off-Reserve Population


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(Once this form is filled, submit the form on email address written at the bottom of the form).

April 7, 2020 – Re: Emergency Assistance

We have been flooded with calls since 8:00 a.m. this morning. We ask for your patience, as we have over 7000 applications/forms that must be taken. We will continue to receive calls, all band members are eligible, it does not matter if you get through or not this week. To alleviate the congestion of calls, we are placing the emergency assistance form on-line. This is for the off-reserve members only. If you have access to a computer at home, please complete the fillable form which is on this web-site. The cheques will be deposited or the purchase orders will be mailed, once they have been processed.

If you have already talked with an agent/employee and they have taken your information, please do not complete this application. This is for those members that reside off-reserve that are not able to get through by telephone. We thank you for your understanding.

Thank you,

Gladys Christiansen
Executive Director
Lac La Range Indian Band


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