5:00pm April 25, 2022
Please be advised that there was 2 new cases of COVID-19 identified today. There is now 4 active cases in the community.
If you test positive at home using the Home Rapid Tests, please call the Fisher River Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 431.256.0395 (8:30am-4:30pm) for further instructions.
*Please note that any new cases announced gets automatically added to the “Active Cases” block*
We remind members to refrain from posting concerns or reporting individuals on Social Media, as it can lead to panic and stress. It can also impact the important work that Fisher River Health Services must carry out to ensure the safety of our members and may prove to do more harm than some may realize.
Reporting rumours or making negative comments/status’ about individuals who may or may not have COVID-19 or are in Isolation can cause a ripple effect that can do more harm to the overall community in ways such as:
Please refer to the Fisher River Cree Nation website, social media pages and mobile app for official information regarding COVID-19.
Fisher River Health Services COVID-19 Hotline: 431.256.0395
8:30am – 4:30pm
Fisher River Cree Nation COVID-19 General & Travel Questions Hotline: 431.256.0041
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in animals. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold.
COVID-19 is a new disease that has not been previously identified in humans. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people, and more rarely, these can then spread from person to person through close contact.
There have been 2 other specific coronaviruses that have spread from animals to humans and which have caused severe illness in humans. These are the:
Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.
Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known incubation period for this disease. We are currently investigating if the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms. While experts believe that it is possible, it is considered less common.
Symptoms have included:
In severe cases, infection can lead to death.
Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:
Current evidence suggests person-to-person spread is efficient when there is close contact.
If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, reduce your contact with others:
If you become sick while travelling back to Canada:
Coronavirus infections are diagnosed by a health care provider based on symptoms and are confirmed through laboratory tests.
Most people with mild coronavirus illness will recover on their own.
If you are concerned about your symptoms, you should self-monitor and consult your health care provider. They may recommend steps you can take to relieve symptoms.
At this time, there is no vaccine for COVID-19 or any natural health products that are authorized to treat or protect against COVID-19.
If you have received a flu vaccine, it will not protect against coronaviruses.
There is a difference between advice to self-monitor, advice to self-isolate and advice to isolate. It is important to note these measures are in place to protect the health and safety of Canadians.
Self-monitoring means to:
If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself from others immediately and contact your public health authority as soon as possible.
Self-isolate if you:
Self-isolation means to:
If you develop symptoms, even if mild, stay home, avoid other people and contact your public health authority as soon as possible.
You need to be isolated if you:
Isolating yourself means to:
If your symptoms get worse, immediately contact your healthcare provider or Public Health Authority and follow their instructions.
Canadians should continue to think ahead about the actions that they can take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, including:
Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other. Social distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak.
This means making changes in your everyday routines to minimize close contact with others, including:
Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:
Health Canada has published a list of hard surface disinfectants that are likely to be effective for use against coronavirus (COVID-19).
Although they do not claim to kill viruses such as COVID-19, cleaners can play a role in helping limit the transfer of microorganisms. Health Canada recommends cleaning often, using either regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water) the following high-touch surfaces:
If you are a healthy individual, the use of a mask is not recommended for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Wearing a mask when you are not ill may give a false sense of security. There is a potential risk of infection with improper mask use and disposal. They also need to be changed frequently.
However, your health care provider may recommend you wear a mask if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 while you are seeking or waiting for care. In this instance, masks are an appropriate part of infection prevention and control measures. The mask acts as a barrier and helps stop the tiny droplets from spreading you when you cough or sneeze.
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.