Please continue to respect the NFN Travel Advisory that was issued November 13th and stay away from COVID hot spots. Avoiding non-essential travel protects Nipissing First Nation by helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
NFN is adapting the province’s COVID-19 response framework to better meet our specific needs and to help NFN remain safe. NFN follows all public health recommendations, and Chief and Council are committed to undertaking additional measures required to keep our community safe.
This includes extending our work from home measures until April 19th due to concerns over the confirmation of at least 30 cases involving Variants of Concern (VOCs) in our district as of March 10th, and elevated case levels of COVID-19 activity in neighbouring districts. As of March 8th, our district is in the Red (Control) zone of the provincial framework until further notice. As of March 12th, the Sudbury public health district will be moved back into the Grey – Lockdown zone due to a rapid rise in the case rate in that area.
It is strongly advised to not travel outside of the district, especially to Grey or Red zones areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases or where the number of cases is surging, unless for emergencies or urgent medical appointments. Please limit travel outside of your home to necessary trips such as going to work or school, attending medical appointments or getting groceries.
Anyone returning from outside of Canada either by air, sea or land must:
- Self-isolate for 14 days if they have COVID-19 symptoms
- Quarantine for 14 days if they have no COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic)
GATHERINGS & SOCIAL INTERACTIONS
A reminder that the limits for all organized public events and social gatherings where physical distancing can be maintained are 5 people indoors & 25 people outdoors within the Red (Control) zone that we are currently in. Limits for religious services or ceremonies, including weddings and funerals, in any venue other than a private dwelling is 30% capacity of the room indoors or 100 people outdoors.
Staying home is still the best way to protect yourself and others. Avoid social gatherings and limit close contacts to those in your house. It is also recommended you wear a face covering when meeting with others from another household whether you are indoors or outdoors.
If you see a large gathering taking place on NFN, please report it to the Anishinabek Police Service by calling 1-888-310-1122. The APS is enforcing gathering limits and quarantine orders. We must continue to do everything we can to keep NFN safe.
DO YOUR PART TO HELP REDUCE SPREAD
The greatest risk for spread of COVID-19 is close contact with another person. Reduce this risk by staying away from crowded and closed (indoor) spaces where people are gathered and continue to:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Sneeze and cough into your sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home and away from others if you are feeling sick, even if you have mild symptoms. If you have symptoms or think you have been exposed to COVID-19, get tested.
- Practice physical distancing – stay home as much as possible and limit outings, and stay at least two metres away from anyone you do not live with or is outside of your social circle.
- Wear a face covering where required or when physical distancing of two metres is not possible.
- Ensure you are keeping to the public and private gathering limits (indoor and outdoor).
- Download the COVID Alert App for free from the Apple and Google Play app stores. This new app lets users know if they may have been exposed to the virus.
COVID-19 STATUS IN THE NORTH BAY PARRY SOUND DISTRICT
Visit the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit’s website for updated information about status of cases in our region and other helpful resources.
Learn more about Ontario’s response framework and regional restrictions at covid-19.ontario.ca.
For more information, please call (705) 753-3312 and ask to speak to Kimberly Lalonde, Director of Health Services at ext. 2223 or to Carole Lafantaisie, Community Health Nurse at ext. 2257.
Please visit our website at nfn.ca/covid19 for regular updates and links to helpful information.