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Do to COVID-19, Serpent River First Nation is currently under a shelter in place order as indicated in bylaw 2020-03-26-01.  Click here to read the bylaw document.

Do to COVID-19 Serpent River First Nation is currently under a shelter in place order as indicated in bylaw 2020-03-26-01.  Click here to read the bylaw document.

Questions about COVID-19 in Serpent River?
Ask Us Directly About COVID-19
Submit your email below to join our SRFN COVID-19 newsletter.

SRFN COVID-19 News Releases

> Bylaw 2020-03-26-01 Shelter In Place
> Pandemic Update #2
> State Of Emergency Notification

Dr. Theresa Tam Twitter, Canadian Chief Public Health Officer

Please take a moment to learn more about the virus and the precautions you should take to keep our community safe by clicking on the topics listed below:

Mitigation Efforts In Serpent River First Nation

Social Distancing

Social Distancing Requirements means: 
    • Maintain at least 2 meters from anyone who is not a member of your household or living unit.
    • Frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using hand sanitizer that is recognized by Health Canada as effective in combating COVID-19.
  • Covering coughs, sneezes with a tissue or fabric or, if not possible, into the sleeve or elbow (NOT INTO HANDS)
  • AVOID ALL social interactions outside the household when sick with a fever or cough.

Travel And Boarder Closures

All individuals living within the area of Serpent River First Nation (Reserve) are ordered to Shelter in Place (STAY HOME).
  • When people need to leave their home for limited purposes, they MUST COMPLY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS.
  • IF and WHEN a person leaves their residence, it will only be for “Essential Activities” or “Essential Travel” as defined (Section 8).  ONLY ONE designated person per household should be leaving. 
  • All public and private gatherings of ANY numbers are PROHIBITED (with the exception of limited purposes expressly permitted in this Order).  THIS MEANS DO NOT VISIT OTHER HOUSEHOLDS.
  • ALL travel (except Essential Travel) is prohibited.  This order allows travel into or out of the Community ONLY to perform Essential Activities/Travel (as defined in Section 8(i).
  • This order establishes a CURFEW of 10:00pm until 6:00am each day.  ALL members and residents are required back onto the Reserve by 10:00pm and to Shelter in Place until 6:00am.  Members and residents who fail to return by 10:00pm will be denied access to the Reserve until the following morning at 6:00am.  (Exceptions made for Essential Workers/Travel who are returning from work).

Essential travel, Activities, and Business

Essential Travel Means (but not limited to): To obtain essential services and supplies for themselves and their family or household members.
  • Travel related to the provisions of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses, or Minimum Basic Operations.
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, or persons with disabilities.
  • Travel required by law enforcement or Court Order.
  • Travel to arrange for shelter or avoid homelessness.
  • Travel to avoid domestic 
  • Veterinary care and all healthcare services provided to animals.
Some Essential Activities Are (but not limited to):
  • Engaging in outdoor activities including walking, hiking, bicycling, and running using Social Distancing Requirements.  These activities may ONLY be engaged in by members of the same household or living unit.
Some Essential Businesses Are (but not limited to):
  • Healthcare Operations and businesses that operate, maintain or repair Essential Infrastructure.
  • Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, food banks, convenience stores.
  • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing
  • That provides food, shelter, and social service and other necessities of life.
  • Gas Stations
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the habitability, sanitation, and operation of residences and Essential Businesses, but not for cosmetic purposes.
  • Businesses that have the primary function of shipping or delivering groceries, food, or other goods directly to residences or businesses.  This shall not be used for non-essential products or other functions.
  • Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children.

Changes to Band Services

Education:
  • Post-Secondary students are asked to contact Education to update them on your location and if your school is doing online courses. If you need assistance in getting home, please let us know.
  • Premier Ford announced that students will not be going back to school on April 6, 2020. No timeline on return was given. Education will be looking at support and information for parents. Stay tuned.
Infrastructure:
  • Infrastructure has gone on emergency services; which means garbage will still be picked up, Water Treatment plants and Fire operations are working, but non-emergency housing repairs will not be dealt with at this time. Please contact 1-705-844-2418 and ask to speak with the Housing Manager if you have an emergency.
Kenabutch Health Centre:
  • The Health centre is still open but by appointments only and for non-COVID-19 related symptoms. We are asking community members to call ahead to speak with a Health Nurse. Community members who show up without notifying the Health Clinic will be asked to go home and callback . This is to protect both the Health Centre Staff and any other community members who may be receiving services. 
  • Appointments will also be staggered, to avoid multiple patients sitting in waiting rooms and time for disinfection between visits. 
Administration:
  • Currently Administration buildings are closed to the public including non-essential services, but Community members can call 1-705-844-2418 for more information on services being provided.
Food Bank:
  • The Food Bank will be providing delivery service only on Wednesday Afternoons, please call 1-705-844-2418 and follow the prompts to Community Development to request assistance.

The Facts About COVID-19

Preventing Coronavirus

We all must think ahead about the actions that we can take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  This includes staying at home as much as possible and being prepared in case you or a family member becomes ill.  Everyone should be practising physical (social) distancing. Even if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, you could become infected by others. As we continue to see transmission of the virus within different communities, we know that everyone must take precautions, even those who have not travelled outside of Serpent River First Nation or Canada. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within Serpent River First Nation, all community members are advised to:
  • stay at home unless you have to go to work
  • talk to your employer about working at home if possible
  • avoid all non-essential trips in our community
  • do not gather in groups
  • limit contact with people at higher risk, such as older adults and those in poor health
  • go outside to exercise but stay close to home
  • if you leave your home, always keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others household contacts (people you live with) do not need to distance from each other unless they are sick or have travelled in the last 14 days
You can go for a walk if you:
  • have not been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • do not have symptoms of COVID-19
  • have not travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
  • If you go out for a walk, do not congregate and always practise physical (social) distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart from others at all times.

Risks Of Getting Coronavirus

COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily.  The risk will vary between and within communities, but given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the risk to all Canadians is considered high. This does not mean that everyone will get the disease. It means that there is already a significant impact on our health care system.  If we do not flatten the epidemic curve now, the increase of COVID-19 cases could impact health care resources available to our Serpent River community.

Vulnerable Populations

There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:
  • aged 65 and over
  • with compromised immune systems
  • with underlying medical conditions
People that fall into these categories should reconsider attending gatherings.  This includes large gatherings and even smaller events in crowded or enclosed settings. If you have symptoms (cough, fever or difficulty breathing), do not attend a mass gathering, event or places where people gather.  You could put someone whose health is vulnerable at risk.  This is an important time to think about our loved ones and the loved ones of others, and to understand that our actions may have the unintended consequences resulting in the needless loss of life caused by exposing ourselves or others to this terrible virus.

Survival of coronaviruses on surfaces

It is not certain how long COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses.  Preliminary information on COVID-19 suggests that the virus may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days depending on different conditions, such as:
  • temperature
  • type of surface
  • humidity of the environment
Surfaces frequently touched with hands are most likely to be contaminated, including:
  • tables
  • handrails
  • doorknobs
  • electronics
  • countertops
  • light switches
  • faucet handles
  • cabinet handles
  • elevator buttons
Products shipped within or from outside of Canada could also be contaminated.  However, because parcels generally take days or weeks to be delivered, and are shipped at room temperature, the risk of spread is low. There is no known risk of coronaviruses entering Canada on parcels or packages. To protect yourself from COVID-19, make sure to do the following when handling products shipped within or outside of Canada:
  • use good hygiene measures
  • regularly clean and disinfect surfaces
  • do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth

Hygiene

Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:
  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
When coughing or sneezing:
  • cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
  • dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

Cleaning

Coronaviruses are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product when used according to the label directions. Health Canada has published a list of hard surface disinfectants that are likely to be effective for use against COVID-19. Although they do not claim to kill COVID-19, cleaners can play a role in limiting the transfer of microorganisms. Health Canada recommends cleaning high-touch surfaces often, using either regular household cleaners or diluted bleach. This bleach solution should be prepared according to the instructions on the label or in a ratio of 1 teaspoon (5 mL) per cup (250 mL). Directions are based on bleach that is 5% sodium hypochlorite, to give a 0.1% sodium hypochlorite solution. These surfaces include:
  • toys
  • toilets
  • phones
  • electronics
  • door handles
  • bedside tables
  • television remotes

Wearing Masks

Medical masks, including surgical, medical procedure face masks and respirators (like N95 masks), must be kept for health care workers and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients. Wearing a non-medical mask (for example a homemade cloth mask) in the community has not been proven to protect the person wearing it.  Strict hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand washing and physical (social) distancing, will reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus. Wearing a non-medical mask is an additional measure you can take to protect others around you. Wearing a non-medical mask is another way to cover your mouth and nose to prevent your respiratory droplets from contaminating others or landing on surfaces.  Just like our recommendation not to cough into your hands (instead, cover your cough with tissues or your sleeve), a mask can reduce the chance that others are coming into contact with your respiratory droplets. If wearing a non-medical mask makes you feel safer and stops you from touching your nose and mouth, that is also good. But remember not to touch or rub your eyes. It is important to understand that non-medical masks have limitations and need to be used safely. If you choose to use a non-medical face mask:
  • you must wash your hands immediately before putting it on and immediately after taking it off (in addition to practising good hand hygiene while wearing it)
  • it should fit well (non-gaping)
  • you should not share it with others
Face masks can become contaminated on the outside, or when touched by your hands. When wearing a mask, take the following precautions to protect yourself:
  • avoid touching your face mask while using it
  • change a cloth mask as soon as it gets damp or soiled
  • put it directly into the washing machine or a bag that can be emptied into the washing machine and then disposed of
  • cloth masks can be laundered with other items using a hot cycle, and then dried thoroughly
  • non-medical masks that cannot be washed should be discarded and replaced as soon as they get damp, soiled or crumpled
  • dispose of masks properly in a lined garbage bin
  • do not leave discarded masks in shopping carts, on the ground, etc.
Non-medical masks alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must consistently and strictly adhere to good hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand washing and physical (social) distancing.

SRFN COVID-19 News

The following section contains regularly updated information concerning COVID-19 in Serpent River First Nation, the Algoma district, as well as the rest of Canada.

SRFN COVID-19 Updates

Updates to inform Serpent River First Nation Community, Council and community partners on recent developments on COVID-19.

SRFN Health Department Facebook Notices

SRFN Health Department Facebook Posters

Click on the images above to view the posters.

COVID-19 Tracker

You will be directed away from this website.

View The Bing COVID-19 Tracker

Please take a moment to learn more about the virus and the precautions you should take to keep our community safe by clicking on the topics listed below:

Mitigation Efforts In Serpent River First Nation

Social Distancing

Social Distancing Requirements means: 
    • Maintain at least 2 meters from anyone who is not a member of your household or living unit.
    • Frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using hand sanitizer that is recognized by Health Canada as effective in combating COVID-19.
  • Covering coughs, sneezes with a tissue or fabric or, if not possible, into the sleeve or elbow (NOT INTO HANDS)
  • AVOID ALL social interactions outside the household when sick with a fever or cough.

Travel And Boarder Closures

All individuals living within the area of Serpent River First Nation (Reserve) are ordered to Shelter in Place (STAY HOME).
  • When people need to leave their home for limited purposes, they MUST COMPLY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS.
  • IF and WHEN a person leaves their residence, it will only be for “Essential Activities” or “Essential Travel” as defined (Section 8).  ONLY ONE designated person per household should be leaving. 
  • All public and private gatherings of ANY numbers are PROHIBITED (with the exception of limited purposes expressly permitted in this Order).  THIS MEANS DO NOT VISIT OTHER HOUSEHOLDS.
  • ALL travel (except Essential Travel) is prohibited.  This order allows travel into or out of the Community ONLY to perform Essential Activities/Travel (as defined in Section 8(i).
  • This order establishes a CURFEW of 10:00pm until 6:00am each day.  ALL members and residents are required back onto the Reserve by 10:00pm and to Shelter in Place until 6:00am.  Members and residents who fail to return by 10:00pm will be denied access to the Reserve until the following morning at 6:00am.  (Exceptions made for Essential Workers/Travel who are returning from work).

Essential travel, Activities, and Business

Essential Travel Means (but not limited to): To obtain essential services and supplies for themselves and their family or household members.
  • Travel related to the provisions of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses, or Minimum Basic Operations.
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, or persons with disabilities.
  • Travel required by law enforcement or Court Order.
  • Travel to arrange for shelter or avoid homelessness.
  • Travel to avoid domestic 
  • Veterinary care and all healthcare services provided to animals.
Some Essential Activities Are (but not limited to):
  • Engaging in outdoor activities including walking, hiking, bicycling, and running using Social Distancing Requirements.  These activities may ONLY be engaged in by members of the same household or living unit.
Some Essential Businesses Are (but not limited to):
  • Healthcare Operations and businesses that operate, maintain or repair Essential Infrastructure.
  • Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, food banks, convenience stores.
  • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing
  • That provides food, shelter, and social service and other necessities of life.
  • Gas Stations
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the habitability, sanitation, and operation of residences and Essential Businesses, but not for cosmetic purposes.
  • Businesses that have the primary function of shipping or delivering groceries, food, or other goods directly to residences or businesses.  This shall not be used for non-essential products or other functions.
  • Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children.

Changes to Band Services

Education:
  • Post-Secondary students are asked to contact Education to update them on your location and if your school is doing online courses. If you need assistance in getting home, please let us know.
  • Premier Ford announced that students will not be going back to school on April 6, 2020. No timeline on return was given. Education will be looking at support and information for parents. Stay tuned.
Infrastructure:
  • Infrastructure has gone on emergency services; which means garbage will still be picked up, Water Treatment plants and Fire operations are working, but non-emergency housing repairs will not be dealt with at this time. Please contact 1-705-844-2418 and ask to speak with the Housing Manager if you have an emergency.
Kenabutch Health Centre:
  • The Health centre is still open but by appointments only and for non-COVID-19 related symptoms. We are asking community members to call ahead to speak with a Health Nurse. Community members who show up without notifying the Health Clinic will be asked to go home and callback . This is to protect both the Health Centre Staff and any other community members who may be receiving services. 
  • Appointments will also be staggered, to avoid multiple patients sitting in waiting rooms and time for disinfection between visits. 
Administration:
  • Currently Administration buildings are closed to the public including non-essential services, but Community members can call 1-705-844-2418 for more information on services being provided.
Food Bank:
  • The Food Bank will be providing delivery service only on Wednesday Afternoons, please call 1-705-844-2418 and follow the prompts to Community Development to request assistance.

The Facts About COVID-19

Preventing Coronavirus

We all must think ahead about the actions that we can take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  This includes staying at home as much as possible and being prepared in case you or a family member becomes ill.  Everyone should be practising physical (social) distancing. Even if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, you could become infected by others. As we continue to see transmission of the virus within different communities, we know that everyone must take precautions, even those who have not travelled outside of Serpent River First Nation or Canada. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within Serpent River First Nation, all community members are advised to:
  • stay at home unless you have to go to work
  • talk to your employer about working at home if possible
  • avoid all non-essential trips in our community
  • do not gather in groups
  • limit contact with people at higher risk, such as older adults and those in poor health
  • go outside to exercise but stay close to home
  • if you leave your home, always keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others household contacts (people you live with) do not need to distance from each other unless they are sick or have travelled in the last 14 days
You can go for a walk if you:
  • have not been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • do not have symptoms of COVID-19
  • have not travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
  • If you go out for a walk, do not congregate and always practise physical (social) distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart from others at all times.

Risks Of Getting Coronavirus

COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily.  The risk will vary between and within communities, but given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the risk to all Canadians is considered high. This does not mean that everyone will get the disease. It means that there is already a significant impact on our health care system.  If we do not flatten the epidemic curve now, the increase of COVID-19 cases could impact health care resources available to our Serpent River community.

Vulnerable Populations

There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:
  • aged 65 and over
  • with compromised immune systems
  • with underlying medical conditions
People that fall into these categories should reconsider attending gatherings.  This includes large gatherings and even smaller events in crowded or enclosed settings. If you have symptoms (cough, fever or difficulty breathing), do not attend a mass gathering, event or places where people gather.  You could put someone whose health is vulnerable at risk.  This is an important time to think about our loved ones and the loved ones of others, and to understand that our actions may have the unintended consequences resulting in the needless loss of life caused by exposing ourselves or others to this terrible virus.

Survival of coronaviruses on surfaces

It is not certain how long COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses.  Preliminary information on COVID-19 suggests that the virus may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days depending on different conditions, such as:
  • temperature
  • type of surface
  • humidity of the environment
Surfaces frequently touched with hands are most likely to be contaminated, including:
  • tables
  • handrails
  • doorknobs
  • electronics
  • countertops
  • light switches
  • faucet handles
  • cabinet handles
  • elevator buttons
Products shipped within or from outside of Canada could also be contaminated.  However, because parcels generally take days or weeks to be delivered, and are shipped at room temperature, the risk of spread is low. There is no known risk of coronaviruses entering Canada on parcels or packages. To protect yourself from COVID-19, make sure to do the following when handling products shipped within or outside of Canada:
  • use good hygiene measures
  • regularly clean and disinfect surfaces
  • do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth

Hygiene

Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:
  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
When coughing or sneezing:
  • cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
  • dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

Cleaning

Coronaviruses are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product when used according to the label directions. Health Canada has published a list of hard surface disinfectants that are likely to be effective for use against COVID-19. Although they do not claim to kill COVID-19, cleaners can play a role in limiting the transfer of microorganisms. Health Canada recommends cleaning high-touch surfaces often, using either regular household cleaners or diluted bleach. This bleach solution should be prepared according to the instructions on the label or in a ratio of 1 teaspoon (5 mL) per cup (250 mL). Directions are based on bleach that is 5% sodium hypochlorite, to give a 0.1% sodium hypochlorite solution. These surfaces include:
  • toys
  • toilets
  • phones
  • electronics
  • door handles
  • bedside tables
  • television remotes

Wearing Masks

Medical masks, including surgical, medical procedure face masks and respirators (like N95 masks), must be kept for health care workers and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients. Wearing a non-medical mask (for example a homemade cloth mask) in the community has not been proven to protect the person wearing it.  Strict hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand washing and physical (social) distancing, will reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus. Wearing a non-medical mask is an additional measure you can take to protect others around you. Wearing a non-medical mask is another way to cover your mouth and nose to prevent your respiratory droplets from contaminating others or landing on surfaces.  Just like our recommendation not to cough into your hands (instead, cover your cough with tissues or your sleeve), a mask can reduce the chance that others are coming into contact with your respiratory droplets. If wearing a non-medical mask makes you feel safer and stops you from touching your nose and mouth, that is also good. But remember not to touch or rub your eyes. It is important to understand that non-medical masks have limitations and need to be used safely. If you choose to use a non-medical face mask:
  • you must wash your hands immediately before putting it on and immediately after taking it off (in addition to practising good hand hygiene while wearing it)
  • it should fit well (non-gaping)
  • you should not share it with others
Face masks can become contaminated on the outside, or when touched by your hands. When wearing a mask, take the following precautions to protect yourself:
  • avoid touching your face mask while using it
  • change a cloth mask as soon as it gets damp or soiled
  • put it directly into the washing machine or a bag that can be emptied into the washing machine and then disposed of
  • cloth masks can be laundered with other items using a hot cycle, and then dried thoroughly
  • non-medical masks that cannot be washed should be discarded and replaced as soon as they get damp, soiled or crumpled
  • dispose of masks properly in a lined garbage bin
  • do not leave discarded masks in shopping carts, on the ground, etc.
Non-medical masks alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must consistently and strictly adhere to good hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand washing and physical (social) distancing.

SRFN COVID-19 News

The following section contains regularly updated information concerning COVID-19 in Serpent River First Nation, the Algoma district, as well as the rest of Canada.

SRFN COVID-19 Updates

Updates to inform Serpent River First Nation Community, Council and community partners on recent developments on COVID-19.

SRFN Health Department Facebook Notices

SRFN Health Department Facebook Posters

Click on the images above to view the posters.

Questions about COVID-19 in Serpent River?
Ask Us Directly About COVID-19
Submit your email below to join our SRFN COVID-19 newsletter.

SRFN COVID-19 News Releases

> Bylaw 2020-03-26-01 Shelter In Place
> Pandemic Update #2
> State Of Emergency Notification

Dr. Theresa Tam Twitter, Canadian Chief Public Health Officer

COVID-19 Tracker

You will be directed away from this website.

View The Bing COVID-19 Tracker