COVID-19 Updates for Hiawatha Citizens

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As you may be aware First Nations are at greater risk of becoming ill from COVID-19 due to our higher incidents of diabetes, heart disease and cancers. We want to be pro-active and give our due diligence to prevent the spread of the spread of the virus in our community. We take the health of all our Citizens, especially those most vulnerable our seniors, young children, and all those who are immune compromised, of the utmost importance.

We are following recommendations from Ontario and Canada to try and mitigate risk, not only for our Community, but to all work together to help slow/stop the spread of this virus.

We encourage our Citizens to check in with family members and neighbors who have mobility/health issues. Our COVID – 19 Task Team are talking daily and meeting weekly to keep updated on local, regional and national changes and we will make the necessary changes at the Community level as required. We will continue to keep you updated. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our Office at 705-295-4421.


Weekly Situation Report


Hiawatha Notices


Service and Program Changes

FACE MASKS OR COVERINGS – Face masks or coverings are required in all public spaces within the boundaries of Hiawatha First Nation.

OLD RAILROAD STOP STORE & GAS STATION – Effective Friday, August 28, the store will return to regular (pre-COVID) hours of 7 AM-9 PM. We would prefer debit/credit card transactions at this time, due to health concerns.

OLD RAILROAD STOP RESTAURANT – Effective Friday, August 28, the Old Railroad Stop Restaurant will expand hours of operation. Take out, curbside pick-up, call-ins, and limited dine-in seating is available. Please contact the restaurant for hours.

ADMINISTRATION OFFICE – On September 14 we re-opened our Administration building with controlled measures in place. Our Staff are on a staggered work schedule, and office visits much be scheduled/by appointment. Visitors must be wearing a mask and will be screen upon entry.

L.I.F.E. SERVICES CENTRE – On September 14 we re-opened our L.I.F.E. Services building with controlled measures in place. Our Staff are on a staggered work schedule, and office visits much be scheduled/by appointment. Visitors must be wearing a mask and will be screen upon entry.

CHILD CARE CENTRE – Currently operating within strict guidelines. Please contact the Child Care Centre for additional information.

GYM – Effective August 28, the Gym will open with strict guidelines in place. Please contact Matt Pritchard for appointments or Lynn Wilford for further information. The Gym will re-open on October 5th to all Citizens and Community members who are eligible under the HFN Participation Policy. There will be guidelines and self-assessment checklist to follow before you can enter the gym. You can start to call on October 1st to schedule a time slot. Call the L.I.F.E. Centre and leave Lynn a detailed message with the date and time you called & the days and times you want to access the gym.

YOUTH CENTRE – Our Youth Centre is open for afterschool programs. We have health and safety measures in place and smaller group sizes. If you’re interested in joining please call Rachel at 705-295-4421.

WORSHIP SERVICES – Effective August 28, church services may resume with strict guidelines in place.

SOCIAL GATHERINGS – Effective September 24, the number of people allowed to attend an unmonitored private social gathering is 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering, and 10 people at an indoor event or gathering. Indoor and outdoor events and gatherings cannot be merged together. The new limits apply to unmonitored and private social gatherings including functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.

BOAT LAUNCH – Our boat launch and big dock (the “point” as we know it) is closed to the general public. These will remain open for the use of Hiawatha First Nation (HFN) citizens and their spouses, permanent HFN residents (lessees), and Otonabee-South Monaghan (OSM) permanent residents. If you reside on Hiawatha Line, Paudash St., Lakeshore Rd., Angela’s Lane, Sopers Lane, Kent’s Bay Rd., Maple Rd., Cowe St., Hatrick Rd, Ivey Lane, or Thompson Rd. you are permitted to use the boat launch. Please read the notice here.

FISHING – Fishing is closed to the general public.

BEACH – The beach is closed to the general public.

PLAYGROUNDS – The playgrounds, both at the beach and ball diamond, are closed.

BALL DIAMIND – The ball diamond is closed to the general public.

TENT & TRAILER PARK – Is closed for the season.

FIRE BAN – Effective May 7, the fire ban has been lifted. Please read the notice here for burning guidelines.

CONSTRUCTION – Non-essential outdoor construction is permitted at this time. Guidelines have been put in to place for new home construction and emergency repairs. Please read the notice here. If you require a building permit, the form can be found here.

GARBAGE AND RECYCLING – HFN garbage and recycling will continue to take place on Thursday. We ask that you bag all kitchen catchers and/or loose material in your pail until further notice. Please read the notice here.


COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

If you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care.

Click here for the Government of Ontario Self-Assessment Tool

If after using the self-assessment tool, you feel that you need further assessment, please contact one of the following:

  • a. Call Peterborough Regional Health Centre. It is available by appointment. Call the assessment centre at 705-876-5086 daily from 8 AM-8 PM. Offers in home paramedic testing for those who can’t travel or need to remain self isolated. Residents who are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness (even if mild).
  • b. Call Peterborough Public Health Unit at 705-743-1000 or email covid19@peterboroughpublichealth.ca if you have questions. Hours are Monday-Saturday 8:30 AM–4:30 PM.
  • c. Call your Dr. or Nurse Practitioner
  • d. Call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000
  • e. Call Hiawatha Community Health Nurse (Lori) at 705-295-4421 (your call will be forwarded directly to Lori ) Mon-Fri 8:30 AM–4:30 PM
  • f. Call 2-1-1 to learn what other services are available

Click here for a list of COVID-19 Assessment Centres in Ontario.

Starting on Wednesday, May 27, local residents without symptoms can access drive-through testing for COVID-19 at the Kinsmen Civic Centre on a first-come, first-served basis. More information is available here.

Hiawatha is currently working with Peterborough Public Health and EMS to be able to offer onsite testing in Hiawatha. Once the particulars have been established, we will post another notice but in the meantime, for those wanting to be tested, you may do so once you arrange a visit at the drive through test site.


Stop the Spread


Proper Hand-Washing


Social Distancing & Social Circles

Click here to view a video with information on social distancing.


Non-medical Masks and Face Coverings


Facts & Symptoms

  • Click here to view a video with general information about COVID-19.
  • Click here to view a video instructing when to wear a mask.
  • Click here to view a video instructing how to wear and dispose of masks.

Comparison Chart of COVID-19 and Influenza (Flu)


How to Self-Monitor

Contact Peterborough Public Health Unit at 705-743-1000 or email covid19@peterboroughpublichealth.ca if you have questions. Hours are Monday-Saturday 8:30 AM–4:30 PM.


How to Self-Isolate

Self-Isolation for Close Contacts


Travel Information

Returning from travel…

You are required to self-isolate for 14 days after returning. Please click here for information from Peterborough Public Health.

If you have travelled outside of Canada, or have been in close contact of someone who has COVID-19, Public Health Nurses at Peterborough Public Health are available to provide Phone screening and will book you for testing if recommended.

Phone Number: 705-743-1000 or 1-877-743-0101

Please DO NOT go to the hospital for testing unless you have done the Phone screening and have been directed to do so.


Food Handling

Fruits & Vegetables

Rinse produce before you eat or prepare
People are looking for clear guidance on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Produce is important to our diets — share with your communities that running tap water and clean hands are all you need to rinse fresh fruits and vegetables at home. Bleach, detergents and soap are not intended to be eaten by you or anyone!

This video shows how to rinse fresh fruits and vegetables.


Public Health Notices


Government Benefits & Support

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