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March 27, 2020 Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIIB Emergency Control Group

March 27, 2020

Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIIB Emergency Control Group

The LLRIB Emergency Control Group met again today to follow-up on action items, address concerns, have discussions and make action plans in regards to the COVID 19 pandemic.

We have finally been given details of what the recent federal government’s financial aid package will look like for LLRIB. Unfortunately, the amount of COVID-19 related government funding is based on the population of on-reserve band members. This has lead to some misinformation being posted on social media and misunderstandings regarding food supplies.

For clarification, food care packages will be provided first to our most vulnerable, on-reserve band members based on a priority of the following criteria:

  • Elders
  • Social Assistance clients
  • Unemployed

Please have patience as we are trying to get supplies out in an efficient and fair manner.

Resources during times of crisis can be scarce and unfortunately, there is no way for us to help every one of our band members.  We are working hard to help as many as we can with the resources available.

Our Chief and Council, along with the financial team is looking into other sources of funding to address our off-reserve membership.  There are a couple of organizations in urban centers that offer support for families in need during this time. For urban members living in Prince Albert please contact PAGC Urban Services 961-9926 and for urban members in Saskatoon, please contact the White Buffalo Youth Centre at 653-7676 for assistance referrals and information.

The Emergency Support Line set up at JRMCC for band members in La Ronge will close for the weekend. We have received a large number of calls that will likely result in supplies being exhausted once on-reserve deliveries are completed tomorrow.  On Monday March 30, band members can resume calling into JRMCC at 425-4852 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm to register and identify your needs.

With the funding mentioned above, each of the LLRIB communities will have their own local processes in place for purchasing and supplying care packages.  We ask for your continued patience as we continue to sort out the logistics of product delivery to our various communities.

The new government restrictions announced on Wednesday March 25 regarding social distancing has an even more dramatic impact in regards to wake services. There can no longer be more than 10 people at a wake.  There is no exception to this rule.

Again, we stress the following: 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.

We also want to remind you to also continue practicing “social distancing” by limiting all forms of social interactions. This means no visiting of seniors and Elders or those with chronic illnesses. It also means avoiding all forms of social gatherings. The importance of social distancing cannot be emphasized enough and is a seriously urgent matter to adhere to.

A a collective group, we are doing our best and want to assure the LLRIB membership that we are still working very hard on your behalf during this challenging and unprecedented time.

Respectfully,

Josephine Greyeyes/LLRIB Emergency Response Team

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March 25, 2020 Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group

March 25, 2020

Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group

The LLRIB Emergency Control Group met today to address many of the concerns, have discussions and make action plans in regards to the COVID 19 pandemic. COVID 19 affects every department and Band Member so for the time being LLRIB Emergency Control Group is meeting three times per week.

The need to protect our band members and communities requires an increased capacity for security services. With that in mind, the LLRIB Emergency Control Group has had some discussion with the La Ronge RCMP regarding road monitoring. The RCMP will support the monitoring process within all lawful parameters. Road monitoring should not be confused with a road closure. When it comes to road-monitoring, each community will implement, or already has, their own locally-developed process. We would like to remind our members to continue respecting social isolation guidelines by staying home and avoiding any non-essential travel out of the community. These are two ways which we can do to help “flatten the curve”.

Effective Thursday, March 26, the LLRIB Emergency Control Group will set up an Emergency Support Line for Band Members in La Ronge to call in for food and cleaning supplies kits. Each of the LLRIB communities will have their own local processes in place for this. It’s important to recognize we are only as quick as the suppliers. We expect be receiving shipments of these products shortly and once we do, care package kits will be put together on an as requested and referral basis. We ask for your continued patience as we sort out the logistics of product delivery, volunteer coordination and home delivery based on those requests. Starting tomorrow, Band Members can phone JRMCC at 425-4852 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on weekdays to register and identify your needs.

Again, we sought input and advice with community Elders, the Anglican Church and provincial representatives regarding the difficult topic of wakes. As such, the LLRIB Emergency Control Group supports the following recommendations:

1. Maintain a list of participants, so if a case occurs we are able to track attendees;

2. Encourage ill people or those with high-risk medical conditions not to attend gatherings;

3. Virus can spread from people touching and kissing the body, therefore recommend viewing only;

4. If touching occurs, hand-washing before and after touching the body. Kissing highly not recommended;

5. Avoid shaking hands, hugging and touching each other;

6. Practice of proper hygiene, provide hand sanitizers;

7. Limit number of people in building to 25, and increase social distance between people ideally to 2 metres; and

8. Eliminate self-serve buffet style eating

We continue a wait-and-see approach regarding details of the recent federal government’s financial aid package will look like for LLRIB. Our financial team is in regular communication with all necessary organizations and agencies on this front.

Again, we stress the following: 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.

Please also continue practicing “social distancing” by limiting all forms of social interactions. This means no visiting of seniors and Elders or those with chronic illnesses. It also 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 seriously urgent matter to adhere to.

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,

Josephine Greyeyes/LLRIB Emergency Response Team

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March 23, 2020 – Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIIB Emergency Control Group

March 23, 2020

Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group

The LLRIB Emergency Control Group meet regularly to address all concerns, discussions and related action plans in regards to COVID 19 pandemic. 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.

Amongst today’s roundtable discussions, two important topics came up: funerals and access into our communities. The LLRIB Emergency Control Group fully supports the Anglican Diocese of Saskatchewan’s March 17, 2020 memorandum from The Right Reverend Michael W. Hawkins (Bishop of Saskatchewan) and The Right Reverend Adam S. Halkett (Bishop of Missinipi) which stated the following:

• We are suspending all public worship and gatherings of the Diocese of Saskatchewan effective immediately.

• Effective immediately no public wake or funeral will be allowed in any of our Churches or Halls without prior consent from one of the bishops.

This is a very difficult, yet important, subject to discuss. Again, we strongly encourage families to engage in social distancing at this most difficult time.

Another topic the LLRIB Emergency Control Group fully supports is the monitoring of traffic access in the communities. Road monitoring should not be confused with a road closure, something that has not been agreed to at this time. When it comes to road-monitoring, each community will implement their own locally-developed process. Here too, residents are asked to respect social isolation guidelines by staying home and avoid any travel out of the community.

We are presently waiting details to see how the recent federal government’s financial aid package will look like for LLRIB. We are also waiting on the delivery of cleaning and food supplies. We ask for your continued patience as we sort the logistics on both of these.

In regards to food sustainability, we are closely monitoring the local situation with all stores. At this time, there is no food shortage in the north as the supply continues to flow to local grocery stores with regular deliveries.

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.

We also 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 seriously urgent matter to adhere to.

Respectfully,

Josephine Greyeyes/LLRIB Emergency Response Team

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COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group

March 20, 2020

Re: COVID 19 Update – LLRIB Emergency Control Group

As we continue to navigate through unfamiliar territory and deal with this Pandemic, our Emergency Response Team has officially activated the LLRIB Emergency Response Plan. As a collective group, we want to assure the LLRIB membership that we are working hard to:

• Provide accurate and current information
• Make decisions based on the best interests of community members
• Address and validate concerns
• Access supplies such as:

o Cleaning and sanitation
o Medications (Tylenol) and Thermometers
o Traditional Medicine packages
o Non-perishable food items

With humility and understanding, we ask for your patience while acquiring these products. We are working with suppliers; however, inventory is scarce for cleaners/hand sanitizers and soaps. At this time, we wish to assure you that the food supply to the north is in tact and trucks are still coming into La Ronge three times per week. It has been requested by the retailers to buy what you need to sustain your family and not buy in bulk as ordering for the stores is limited as well.

We ask that all of our band members stay home and look after your families. It is understandable that you may have to leave your home for groceries or cleaning supplies but in order to “flatten the curve” (reduce the spread of the virus), we need to take measures to ensure we are all taking personal responsibility and limiting the risk of community transmission.

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.

We strongly encourage you to practice “Social Distancing” by limiting social interactions, including: handshakes, fist pumps, hugs and kisses. We know how awkward that is for the general population as it is a common sign of respect and acknowledgment. In addition to the Government of Saskatchewan-announced restrictions, we are also advising you to 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.

As the door to door circulation of the initial communication has been completed for the LLRIB communities, it was time for another update. We would like to take this time to reassure you that we are very busy meeting/coordinating and trying address all issues and concerns.

Respectfully,
Josephine Greyeyes/LLRIB Emergency Response Team

Things to Note Regarding COVID 19

Guidelines and definitions

March 20, 2020 – A couple days ago, as the cases of COVID 19 continue to rise provincially, the Government of Saskatchewan declared a “State of Emergency”. The goal is to slow the spread of COVID 19 so the health care system does not become over-burdened. As such, gyms, fitness centers, casinos and bingo halls were closed. Limits on occupancy in restaurants, bars and events were mandated. Residents of Saskatchewan are being advised to not travel out of province. Crown corporations such as SaskPower, SaskTel and Sask Energy are implementing a zero interest 6 month deferral for utilities.

Today, the Government of Saskatchewan initiated new additional restrictions. Of note, the following are effective immediately: No public gatherings of than 25 people in one room, the closure of all nightclubs, bars and lounges, the suspension of in-person classes for primary and secondary educational institutes and restricted visits only at long-term care homes, hospitals, personal care homes and group homes. As well, regarding out-of-country travel, it is now mandatory to self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving back into Canada.

“Our window to flatten the curve is narrow. We have to act now,” Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam. Following Health and Social Distancing guidelines:

• Practicing proper handwashing (Soap and Water for 20-30 seconds)
• Social Distancing – Staying home and when it is necessary to be in public, staying 1 meter away from any other person
• Self-isolating to limit the spread of any virus and minimize community transmission
• You may not feel ill but if you are in contact you may transmit a virus to someone who is in a vulnerable state; Elders or those who have immune deficiencies
Lac La Ronge Indian Band is following many of these guidelines and limitations
• Closures:

o All LLRIB schools
o JRMCC Hall/Arena/Fitness Centre
o Keethanow Bingo North
o Keethanow Corner Store (Bell’s Point)
o Keethanow Lumber and Furniture

• Cancelling all events which participation would exceed the 25 person limit
• Limiting public access to all LLRIB buildings and public spaces

For general and/or health related questions or to assist an online Self-Assessment for COVID 19, the LLRIBHS Public Health Nurse can be contacted at (306)-425-1720. This is not as an alternative to 811 but a line where the RN can answer frequently asked questions and provide some advice.

Public Works & Housing Office Closure March 23 – March 27, 2020

Public Works & Housing
Office Closure March 23 – March 27, 2020

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band’s Emergency Control Group has instituted mandatory office closure effective March 23, 2020 through to Friday March 27, 2020. As such, our office will be closed but essential services will continue to be provided during this period and on weekends. Services to be provided include:

  • Water and Sewer operators will continue to run the plants and facilities.
  • Trucked water and sewer services will continue to be delivered.
  • Dog Control will be on-call.
  • Heavy Equipment will be on-call.
  • Maintenance will be on-call and will only report to emergencies such as:
    • furnace problems
    • sewage backups
    • severe water leaks
    • gas leaks

Please hold all other maintenance issues and report them during regular office hours when the office is reopened.
To reach the on-call staff, dial our office number at 306-425-2884 and your call will be transferred to the on-call cell phone.

PUBLIC WORKS / HOUSING
BOX 670, AIR RONGE
SASK. S0J 3G0
PHONE: (306) 425-2884
FAX: (306) 425-2777
#54 FAR RESERVE ROAD

Precautionary Measures to curb and restrict the potential spread of the Coronavirus – COVID 19 in our communities

The Lac La Ronge Indian Band would like to take this opportunity to reassure community members that the Coronavirus Pandemic – COVID 19 is a top priority for Program Directors and the LLRIB Emergency Response Team and has been for several weeks.  We do acknowledge that the situation is changing daily and we will do our best to inform members of any changes in precautionary measures.

LLRIB is taking all Precautionary Measures to curb and restrict the potential spread of the Coronavirus – COVID 19 in our communities:

  • Washing hands with warm soapy water is the recommended best practice
  • Events with groups of 250 people or more will be cancelled
  • Any unnecessary travel is not recommended
  • All essential services will continue to be provided within LLRIB and preventative measures are being implemented to increase sanitation practices within our public buildings.

As the COVID 19 situation evolves, please be mindful that this virus has directly impacted one of the most vulnerable sectors of each affected area; the Elderly.  It is important to do family and neighbor check in’s and monitor their health status and supply situation.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as: Fever (above 37.8° degrees Celsius), dry cough or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing this is what you should do:

Self-monitor at home, contact LRIBHS Public Health Nurse between the hours of 8:00-4:30 pm at

(306)425-1720 with any questions or concerns regarding COVID 19.

If the symptoms appear to be getting worse it is advised that you dial the Saskatchewan HealthLine 811 to seek medical advice they will make arrangements for you.

Or go to the Saskatchewan E-health link for Self-Assessment at http://public.ehealthsask.ca/sites/COVID-19/ where you will be asked a series of questions and be given advice on what your next steps should be.

It is not advised that you go into a clinic or a hospital as isolation would then be compromised.  If you are in severe medical distress please call 911.

 

The information that is being shared is from reliable sources such as: NITHA (Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority), Saskatchewan Health, Health Canada and the World Health Organization.  We ask that the information you as an individual be mindful to share accurate and useful information.

 

On behalf of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band – Emergency Response Team, please continue to be diligent in personal care of yourself, your family and your environment.

Josephine Greyeyes

Emergency Response Coordinator

Official Letter – March 15, 2020 LLRIB Membership Update