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COVID-19 Update from Fisher River Health Services – March 16, 2020

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March 16th, 2020
RE: Update on COVID-19 #5
As of today, MB Health Media Bulletin #16, one additional presumptive positive case of COVID-19 has been identified in Manitoba, for a total of eight cases. At this time, it appears all cases were exposed to the virus through recent travel. Patient contact and public health investigations are on-going.
Public health officials are strongly advising all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any non-essential international travel. They are also recommending all international travellers self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after returning to Canada.
Health Centre Updates:
The following are postponed/cancelled until further notice:
• CPNP Cancelled for next week March 25th
• Rainbow Wellness House postponed:
1. Pow Wow Group – Mondays 6-9pm;
2. AA Meetings – Tuesdays 6-7pm;
3. Mini Workshops – Wednesday’s 1-3pm;
4. Drum group – every 2nd Thursday 6-9pm.
5. All home visits are limited, but will proceed with precautions and will follow up with clients via phone calls/texts.
• Diabetic Clinic is cancelled Wednesday March 18th.
• Jordan’s Principle Spring Break Activities are now Cancelled, if more information is required please call Lana
• Any Medical Transportation- please check with your medical appointments to ask them if at all possible, can your appointments be rescheduled to a later date, if not, Med Trans will still send clients but space may be an issue. This will be reviewed on a regular basis
The Health Centre received notice today: At this point, any OHS staff who have travelled internationally or who have been in contact with a confirmed or possible Covid-19 case are being required to self-isolate and self-monitor and are restricted from travelling into the communities for 14 days. As a result of the self-isolation and travel restriction of many of our clinicians, we will be experiencing staffing shortages in the coming days and weeks. We will be working very hard to maintain essential emergency services, but a reduction in routine primary care clinic services should be expected. Our sincere apologies for the last minute changes in clinic schedules. All Doctor Clinics are cancelled for Wednesday March 18, Friday March 20th and Tuesday March 24th.
Attention: SCREENING TOOL website added.
With lots of information becoming available on-line, please keep in mind that some of it may be misleading therefore it is highly recommended you keep informed with the following links that are legit:
As Manitoba Health provides changes and updates, Fisher River Health Centre will continue providing regular updates regarding the COVID-19, also know as Corona Virus.
Please Note: due to daily meetings and tele-conferences, staff at the heath centre maybe experiencing high volume of calls, with this being said we kindly ask for your patience during this time.
Any questions or concerns, please contact Tanya Kirkness, Nurse-in-Charge, and or Lana Harper at the Fisher River Health Centre at 204-645-2689.
Lynette McDonald
Director of Health
Fisher River Health Centre
Avoid all non-essential travel
Wash your hands:
• Wash your hands often with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds
• Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available. It’s a good idea to always keep some with you when you travel.
Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette:
• Cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
• If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
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Fisher River Cree Nation is a community in which our history, language, traditions, and culture are paramount to who we are as a people. We will protect and maintain the spirit and intent of the treaties and our inherent rights. Fisher River will be a self-sustaining progressive community with a strong and accountable government. We will provide an environment where all people are healthy, safe, and respected.