We are doing our best to keep both our band and staff informed as the situation changes daily. ‘social distancing’ is now a part of our collective vocabulary but what does it mean? It means we should physically try to stay at least two meters or six feet apart. But socially? It’s never been more important that we remember what community means. It is our humanity, our instincts to help one another and be there for each other that will help us get through this. We do need to avoid ‘in-person’ contact, but please, take the time to check in on your elders, neighbors and loved ones by making that call, and/or text — this will make a difference.
Individually we have to take responsibility and become aware of our surrounding and actions to avoid potential transmission. Most people who catch COVID-19 will likely experience only mild symptoms and be back to normal health within days. Some people however are more at risk of serious illness than others like our elders, or those community members with underlying medical conditions:
- Over-70s, regardless of any medical conditions.
- Under-70s who have an underlying health condition: long-term respiratory or lung disease, like asthma or COPD.
- People with complex health problems: have cancer and are currently having active chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment; severe diseases of the body systems, like severe kidney disease that is managed with regular dialysis.
- Pregnant women.
We must remember the greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members. It is because of this virus we have taken action. To safeguard our members from the possibility of COVID-19 entering our community, security stations have been set at each entry point. As of Friday April 3, 2020 the following changes have been put into effect:
- Only Muskeg Lake Cree Nation band members and residents allowed entry.
- Absolutely no visitors.
- Contractors and band employees are allowed entry for work purposes only.
- Anyone suspected under the influence of drugs, and/or alcohol the RCMP will be contacted immediately.
- Respect the authority of the security.
- Report any out of province travel to security.
As the situation continues to unfold, the Pandemic Team and Band Office staff will continue to respond by providing outlets and activities within community. If your family is in need of emergency resources whether it be food, cleaning supplies and/or information, do not hesitate to reach out. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.
Questions and Concerns may be directed towards your Pandemic Team members:
Muskeg Lake Cree Nation