We are providing this update as follow-up to our call at 1:00 pm EST/ 12:00pm CST on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Information will be continuously updated at www.nancovid19.ca
- Comfort and power in prayer. Today many of our communities will be joining in prayer on Wawatay Radio with Wally McKay. This will be happening at 7:00 pm CST / 8:00 pm EST.
- Call with Premier Ford, Minister Elliott and Minister Rickford on March 26 at 10:30 am EST/ 9:30 am CST. Tele: 1-855-331-8822/ID: 2102692
- Numerous First Nations will be closing their winter roads over the next few days
How to Contact NAN & NAN COVID-19 Task Force
- Please send all inquiries regarding COVID-19 to firstname.lastname@example.org
- This e-mail will be constantly monitored. All inquiries will be directed to the appropriate resources who will respond as quickly as possible.
NAN COVID-19 Task Team
An update was provided by Dr. Natalie Bocking:
- COVID-19 is increasing rapidly in Ontario with over 600 confirmed cases.
- NAN territory has no confirmed cases. Thunder Bay has no confirmed cases. Timmins has 4 confirmed cases. Fort Frances has 1 confirmed case.
- Currently processing 1600 samples per day, increasing to 2500 samples per day by the end of the week.
- Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Sudbury Hospital will begin processing tests in the next two weeks.
- Critical Care Working Group – looking at supplies required and outlining a very specific lists of equipment required for NAN territory.
- Mental Health & Addictions Working Group – looking at discussing the stress associated with COVID-19, social distancing, isolation, emotional and mental pressures and how to support Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers through COVID-19.
- The NAN COVID-19 Task Team will outline what the legal repercussions are to not abide by the Federal Quarantine Act and Provincial Public Health Legislation related to infectious diseases.
- Will circulate guidelines on how to handle a deceased community member if the cause of death is related to COVID-19.
- NAN will continue to monitor the airport screening measures around COVID-19.
NAN Legal Services
- Immediate needs support is now in place to get people home who have been released from prison.
- A memo will go out and be posted on the NAN website. Direct questions can be sent to email@example.com or (807) 356-6600.
- Changes to operations – patient
escorts will be limited to the following:
- Parent accompanying a child (18 or under);
- Escort who is providing clinical care (medical escort);
- Patient interpreter; and
- Family member who has no alternate way to travel to patient destination (i.e. no roads).
- ORNGE will also be increasing screening measures for all travelers.
- ORNGE statement will be posted on NAN website.
- NAN will write ORNGE to ensure they are operating at max capacity and to ensure resources are available for all patient transfer.
- We hope everyone has been continuing to update and ensure their pandemic plan is resourced.
- A couple of officers have
committed to stay in Peawanuck for 4-6 weeks
- Peawanuck Chief and Council have agreed to provide additional accommodations for those officers.
- Developing options for officers
who reside in the Toronto area.
- Stay in the First Nation or looking to secure accommodations in Cochrane, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, etc.
- Officers Union has been informed of the new schedules and length of working hours – will discuss with the Union directly when the schedule is developed.
- Exceptional Circumstances Funding request will be sent out today.
- Still investigating drugs and the trafficking of drugs – drug warrant was executed in one of the drive-in communities yesterday.
- NAPS will develop a generic letter regarding their actions with the officers during the time of COVID-19 and the measures that have been put in place.
- NAPS officers should and will be assisting with the enforcement of community safety measures around COVID-19– this will be reemphasized on a call with officers’ tomorrow.
- An update is posted on the NAN website.
- Met with Ontario to discuss funding and surplus dollars.
- NAN communities are asked to send updates around education plans moving forward and education funding questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or (705) 288-3743.
- NAN will follow up with the Canadian Rangers again for an update on providing services in communities.