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. Noted below, are the measures we are taking as precautionary steps and to help mitigate risks for all our Citizens.

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 every other day 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.

Hiawatha Notices

Service and Program Changes

CHECK POINT STATION – HFN has set up a check-point station at 881 Hiawatha Line. We will be asking for people to show their status cards, authorized user card issues by HFN (spouses). Other Residents will be asked for their driver’s license and a bill for proof of permanent residency. The check point station is to stop seasonal cottagers, HFN Tent & Trailer Park seasonal residents, and for people who want to come and fish or just to visit.

DELIVERIES – We are still allowing deliveries and you must call Donna at 705-295-4421 by 2 PM the day before your delivery is expected, so we can send this information to our check point station. We will need to know who/where delivery is coming from and the driver will need to give your address.

OLD RAILROAD STOP STORE & GAS STATIONSTORE OPEN FOR HFN CITIZENS/SPOUSES AND THOSE WHO RESIDE IN HFN BOUNDRIES ONLY. Due to the health concerns regarding COVID-19 we are limiting traffic in our community. We will be checking status cards and driver’s licenses to verify, so be prepared to show proof. Effective Saturday, April 4th, 2020 the store will be open for GAS, CIGARETTES (current inventory only) and PROPANE sales ONLY. The hours of operation will be 3-7 PM until further notice. We would prefer debit/credit card transactions at this time, due to health concerns.

OLD RAILROAD STOP RESTAURANT – Due to the health concerns regarding COVID-19 we will be closing the Old Railroad Stop Restaurant. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause; however, we are doing our part to mitigate the spread of the virus. Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 the Restaurant will be closed until further notice.

ADMINISTRATION OFFICE – Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, the Administration Office will be officially closed until further notice. Citizens needing to speak with staff are asked to call and leave a message. Anyone needing to make a payment to Hiawatha First Nation, at this time, all payments will be received by mail.

L.I.F.E. SERVICES CENTRE – Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, office doors at the L.I.F.E. Centre will be closed to the public. Citizens needing to speak with staff are asked to call reception and you will be redirected to the appropriate person.

CHILD CARE CENTRE – Due to the on-going concerns of the COVID-19 virus and its spread, this notice is to advise that our Child Care Centre will be closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice.

GYM – Due to the COVID-19 the Gym will be closed until further notice. Any updates will be posted here. Sorry for the inconvenience.

YOUTH CENTRE – Our Youth Centre, including March break and regular Youth Centre activities will be cancelled until further notice.

ACTIVITIES / EVENTS / MEETINGS – All activities, events, meetings will also be cancelled/postponed until further notice. We will monitor and re-asses the situation and determine next steps moving forward.

COUNCIL & STAFF – Council and Staff will be on a travel ban, and will not host any meetings in the Community until further notice. We will conduct our meetings by conference call and/or video conferencing. Any Staff who have travelled out of the Country will not be permitted to work for 2 weeks, however those Staff who are able can work from home. We suggest any citizens who have travelled out of Country to read the attached travel information.

WORSHIP SERVICES – In light of the province’s state of emergency and with a directive from the General Secretary of the United Church of Canada, Sunday morning worship services at Keene and Hiawatha will be suspended until further notice.

CONSTRUCTION – Non-essential construction is not 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.

PLAYGROUNDS – For everyone’s safety, the playgrounds, both at the beach and ball diamond, are closed until further notice.

BOAT LAUNCH – Our boat launch and big dock (the “point” as we know it) is closed to the 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.

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

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 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

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 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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