COVID-19 Updates & Essential Services

Nipissing First Nation is taking a phased approach to restoring business operations to mitigate risks as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Employees have returned to work, but please note that our offices will not be open to the public until further notice.  Drop boxes are available between the doors of the following entrances: Administration Building main entrance, Finance department, Health Centre, Education Office and Natural Resources. Membership services (status cards and registrations) are available curbside. Please call 705-753-2922 to make an appointment in advance.

To ensure that NFN continues to provide a healthy and safe environment for our staff and visitors, preventive measures are being implemented using guidelines from public health authorities. These include physical distancing markers and shields in our reception areas, and visitor screening measures when we begin reopening some services to the public. All plans and dates are subject to change as the situation evolves.  Please check regularly to access the most up-to-date information.

Important Updates & Contacts

Student Bussing & School Reopening Plans

Other Helpful Information


Updates & Notices


COVID-19 Support for Post-Secondary Students - The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19. This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI). From May to August 2020, the CESB provides a payment to eligible students of $1,250 for each 4-week period OR $2,000 for each 4-week period, if you have dependants or a disability.  Learn more about the benefit and how to apply here:  https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit.html

Contacts

  • Community Health Nurse
    • Carole Lafantaisie - 705-753-3312 ext. 2257 or 705-840-8830 (cell)  |  chn@nfn.ca
  • Right Path Essential Client Services
    • Phone-in appointments - 705-753-1375
  • Essential Client Transportation
    • Home and Community Care - 705-753-3312
      • Driver – Allan Penasse, HCC Cell # (705) 499-5921
  • Medical Transportation
    • Driver – Eleanor McLeod, MT Cell # (705) 477-5143
    • Until further notice, only one household (same address) is permitted in vehicle per trip.
  • Community Transportation Services:
    • Driver Cell # (705) 840-8850
    • Services available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and are limited to one trip per week per household (same address), and limited to one (1) grocery store, one (1) pharmacy and one (1) bank per trip.
IMPORTANT NOTE:   Medical transportation will transport anyone with symptoms such as cough or fever with a surgical mask.  HCC and Community Transportation Services have to refuse anyone with symptoms and report to their supervisor as these are not medical trips. Please click HERE to read the notice about transportation services, including the safety measures that will be in place.
Non-Insured Health Benefits Q&A Document

Contacts

  • Carole Lafantaisie, Community Health Nurse – COVID-19/Pandemic Response 705-753-3312 ext. 2257 or 705-840-8830 (cell)  |  chn@nfn.ca
  • Kimberly Lalonde, Director of Health Services 705-753-3312 ext. 2223  |  kiml@nfn.ca

Food Bank Services

Access days are the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.  Click HERE to download the order form. Deadline is Tuesday at 4:30pm prior to each access day For more information, call 705-753-6972 (leave a message) or send an email to foodbank@nfn.ca. * If you are not a current Food Bank client and would like to see if you qualify, please call 705-753-6972 or read the Food Bank Policy on our website to learn more about eligibility requirements.

Other Social Services

COVID-19: Support for people - Learn what financial, mental health and other supports are available in Ontario during COVID-19.
Resources from Giyak Moseng (Right Path) Counselling and Prevention Services: A reminder that the Right Path is maintaining Essential Client Services (phone-in appointments).  For more information, please call 705-753-1375 and leave a message, or send an email to kenh@nfn.ca. Harm reduction supplies (needle exchange) can be picked up at the Right Path (316 Ted Commanda Drive) by calling 705-753-1375 to arrange for pick up.  You can also drop-in at the door and pick up supplies if calling is not an option.  If you live outside of Garden Village, supplies can be ordered and delivered by calling the office at 705-753-1375.
Other Resources:
  • Mental Health & the COVID-19 Pandemic:  This site is designed to provide information and suggestions about how best to cope in this difficult time. It is not intended to be a resource for people who require screening for COVID-19 or are experiencing a mental health crisis. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact 911 immediately or present to your nearest emergency department. For up-to-date information about Ontario’s COVID-19 response, please visit the provincial government's COVID-19 information page

Garbage & Bi-Weekly Recycling Collection:

Garbage is collected every week on Mondays, and Recycling is collected every two weeks on Tuesdays.  Click here to view the 2020 Garbage & Recycling Calendar.
To help protect the safety of workers, please put all garbage in bags before placing it in your bin.  NO LOOSE GARBAGE will be accepted.

Landfill Operations:

Effective Saturday, May 23rd, the Landfill has returned to regular hours of operation:
  • Open Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from 9am-5pm

Other Services:

  • Building Maintenance & Disinfection
  • Road maintenance
  • Waste Management
  • Water & Wastewater Treatment

Contacts:

  • Patrick Stevens, Director of Community Infrastructure 705-753-2050 ext. 1220 or 705-498-2519 (cell) | patricks@nfn.ca
  • Steve Doucette, Public Works Manager 705-753-4167 ext. 4001 or 705-840-3626 (cell) | steved@nfn.ca
While our offices remain closed to the public, our payment options are as follows:
  1. Sending a cheque in the mail (36 Semo Road, Garden Village ON  P2B 3K2)
  2. Providing us with a void cheque to do a Pre-Authorized payment
  3. Providing us with a credit card/Visa debit (including Expiry and 3 digits on the back)
  4. Interac e-Transfer – see details below  *NEW*
We now accept Interac e-Transfers (EMT) from banking institutions that allow auto-deposits.  Please note that some banks (mainly credit unions such as Caisse Populaire) require a password for EMTs and we cannot accept these transfers - we can only accept auto-deposits. All EMTs should be sent to payments@nfn.ca and include a message.  You MUST provide your email address and payment details using the Message option at the time of sending the EMT from your bank account (see below examples).  Otherwise, we may not be able to credit the appropriate account, or trace the payment back to you to clarify what it is for. It's encouraged to include your Customer Number (CUST#) in the message, this can be found on invoices/statements and receipts - usually beginning with a JP or B for lease payments.
Messages options:
  1. Rent
  2. Loan
  3. Land Lease
  4. Natural Gas
  5. Daycare – indicate which daycare
  6. Hall Rental – date of event
  7. Workshop – must provide name and date of event
  8. Other – (Specify what payment is for – ex. Good food box payment)
All payment information and questions should be directed to payments@nfn.ca
Please call our Administration Office at 705-753-2050 or contact one of the following individuals:
  • Chief Scott McLeod 705-498-7599 (cell) | scottm@nfn.ca
  • Dwayne Nashkawa, Chief Executive Officer 705-498-4268 (cell)  |  dwaynen@nfn.ca
  • Melvin McLeod, Emergency Services Manager 705-493-6508 (cell) | melvinm@nfn.ca
  • Freda Martel, Director of Administration 705-471-4172 (cell)  |  fredam@nfn.ca
  • Gen Couchie, Communications Officer 705-498-2507 (cell) | genc@nfn.ca
  • Rental Housing Emergency Repairs/Maintenance 705-477-1586 (cell)

Chi-Miigwech to everyone for your patience and diligence during these extremely exceptional and uncommon circumstances.  Please pay close attention to public health information and stay safe and healthy.

We all play an important role to lessen the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and self-isolation are critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.  Stay informed with updates from reputable sources, such as the health officials listed below.


Current Status of Cases


Public Health Information

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit News:


For status updates:

Everyone can take simple precautions to stay healthy and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an 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 if you are sick
  • Avoid unnecessary outings and practice physical distancing if you must go out - this means putting distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community (this is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick)
  • Clean high touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach
  • Self-monitor and if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share your recent travel history with your health care provider
  • If you need to self-isolate, please follow the advice from your healthcare provider.
  • Know the Difference: Self-monitoring, self-isolation and isolation for COVID-19
Take a few simple, practical steps to prepare yourself and your household.  Here are some tips to help you and your family stay healthy.  For more information, visit ontario.ca/coronavirus

Non-medical Masks

Non-medical masks help to contain droplets of those wearing them and are meant to keep people without COVID-19 symptoms from unknowingly infecting others.   They are not intended for use by people with symptoms such as cough, fever or body aches. Always wash your hands before putting on a mask, after taking it off and wash the mask between each use or discard it and use a new one.  Turning the mask inside out to use again is not recommended.  Avoid touching your face including your eyes while wearing it. When you must leave home, adhere to a 6 feet (2m) physical distance from others as just wearing a non-medical mask will not stop COVID-19. The best prevention is to stay home, avoid non-essential trips and frequent hand washing for 20 seconds with soap and water. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/non-medical-masks-covid-19-spread-1.5523321

Testing

Individuals are encouraged to call their health care provider or the Health Unit if they believe they may have or been exposed to COVID-19.  An assessment for COVID-19 will be done by a primary health care provider, they will then decide if a test for COVID-19 is required. Considerations include an individual with a fever – over 38 degrees Celsius – and/or a cough and any of the following exposures within 14 days prior to onset of illness: 
  • Travelled outside of Canada or 
  • Was in close contact with a confirmed or possible case of COVID-19 (determined by a health care professional) or 
  • Was in close contact with a person who has been to an impacted area and has breathing issues (acute respiratory illness) 
Once a specimen is taken, it is transported to one of four labs in the province for testing.  The current turnaround time for test results is approximately 2-4 business days from when the specimen is received by the laboratory. You will only receive a call if you test positive for COVID-19.   After you have been tested for , you can access your test results online. There is no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. People with mild symptoms may be asked to self-isolate and care for themselves at home.

VIDEO:  COVID-19: Testing & Care in First Nations Communities (Indigenous Services Canada)


Assessment Centres

West Nipissing Assessment Centre – by appointment only Open 10am – 4pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Phone:  705-580-2186
North Bay Regional Health Centre – by appointment only 2 Options:  Assessment Centre at west end of NBRHC in parking lot #9 – for symptomatic patients or children 8 years & under, and a new drive-thru option for asymptomatic testing at west entrance. 705-474-8600 ext. 4110
Note about Assessment Centres – as of September 25th, new testing guidelines are in place and Ontarians are asked to go to Assessment Centres only if they are showing COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to a confirmed case (as informed by the Public Health Unit or the COVID-19 Alert App), are a resident or worker in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak (as identified and informed by the Public Health Unit), or are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the MOH or MLTC).

Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 positive cases have ranged from mild to severe.  The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to someone with COVID-19. Call 911 if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
  • severe difficulty breathing (struggling for each breath, can only speak in single words)
  • severe chest pain (constant tightness or crushing sensation)
  • feeling confused or unsure of where you are
  • losing consciousness
The situation continues to change rapidly.  The most recent updates are available on the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit's website:  https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/coronavirus.asp View the current list of symptoms from the Ontario Ministry of Health (updated September 21, 2020), or visit the COVID-19 Stop the Spread website to learn more about what you need to do to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, how to self-isolate if you’ve been exposed and how to care for someone with coronavirus (COVID-19).. COVID-19 Online School Screening Tool (or click HERE to download the PDF version)

For more information:

  • Telehealth Ontario for medical advice at 1-866-797-0000
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808 ext. 5229
  • Your primary health care provider (i.e. Family Doctor)
Take a self-assessment test here:  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/

Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, using this self-assessment tool can help you determine if you need to seek further care. Children attending school or child care centres should use the COVID-19 Online School Screening Tool (or click HERE to download the PDF version). You can also visit Dial-a-Doc to submit an online request and get a callback from a Doctor within 24 hours.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, contact:

  • Telehealth Ontario for medical advice at 1-866-797-0000
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808 ext. 5229
  • Your primary health care provider (i.e. Family Doctor)
  • If you are having difficulty breathing or are experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.  Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

Assessment Centres

West Nipissing Assessment Centre – by appointment only Open 10am – 4pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Phone:  705-580-2186
North Bay Regional Health Centre – by appointment only 2 Options:  Assessment Centre at west end of NBRHC in parking lot #9 – for symptomatic patients or children 8 years & under, and a new drive-thru option for asymptomatic testing at west entrance. 705-474-8600 ext. 4110

Contacts

  • Telehealth Ontario for medical advice at 1-866-797-0000
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808 ext. 5229
  • Your primary health care provider (i.e. Family Doctor)

Carole Lafantaisie, Community Health Nurse
705-840-8830 (cell)  | chn@nfn.ca

Kimberly Lalonde, Director of Health Services
705-753-3312 ext. 2223 | kiml@nfn.ca


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