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Chief’s Covid Message- December 30, 2021

DECEMBER 30, 2021
Kwe, Dear Lennox Island Families, tonight I am speaking to you to ensure that you have the most up to date information regarding Covid 19 and the Omicron variant.
We have been living with covid 19 for more then 2 years now and I am so grateful that we have been able to keep the virus at bay for all this time. As everyone is no doubt hearing, the new variant, omicron, is a very contagious strain of Covid 19, that is spreading rapidly in our province, making people sick and putting strain on our health care system, and with many people getting sick this effects a lot of other areas that provides goods and services to islanders, so we have to work hard to slow this nasty bug down!
Dr. Morrison announced that there are 169 new cases, making that an astounding 680 active cases in the province today! With the rapidly rising cases and community spread it was just a matter of time before we would see this virus in our community.
I will confirm that there is one confirmed case on Lennox, this individual is in isolation with family who have all tested negative to this point. We understand that those contracting omicron, although very contagious, it is a somewhat milder form of covid and most people are experiencing mild symptoms. We pray everyone who contracts Covid will experience only mild symptoms and not require hospitalization.
Those community members who are unvaccinated or who have lowered immune systems please take extra care to limit your exposure. The public health office stated that there are positive cases everywhere in PEI. All public places are to be considered exposure sites and any persons you come into contact with, you should assume they have Covid, so please keep your distance, wear a 3 ply mask, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer. Everyone irregardless of being vaccinated or not, we all need to up our game and do everything we can to limit possible exposure. We all must follow public health advice!
It is so very important to contain this virus, the best way is to get vaccinated and to get tested if you are feeling sick, so if you are experiencing even a single symptom you should use a rapid test, if it is positive, isolate and make arrangements to get tested at a provincial test site.
With the increased number of cases of Covid-19 the Lennox Island First Nation will move to essential services only. The Band’s entity’s will be open to the public, by appointment only.
The school with be closed until further notice, Premier King did not confirm that island schools will open for sure on the 10th. Teachers will be reaching out to parents to discuss online learning. The Band is working to secure the appropriate technology for all our students on PEI so staff will be reaching out to parents as well to see what the kids needs are to help ensure the best possible virtual learning experience for them. If you have any questions or require further information please contact Kim Colwill at the Band Office.
 Staff can be reached by calling the offices and leaving a message. The messages will be monitored throughout the day.
Band Office: (902) 831-2779 Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Health Centre (902) 831-2711 Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Eagles nest gym will operate on a schedule for clients, please contact Kassie McLean to book your work out time! She can be reached at the Health Center.
Beginning January 4, 2022, we will be implementing a Lunch program that will be delivered for children up to Grade 12 , Monday to Friday’s. If you would like to register your kids for this program, please contact Irene Kilbride by Facebook Messenger or by text at 902 439 8349.
• Senior’s meals will continue to be delivered twice per week.
• Rapid Test Kits are available to be delivered to on reserve band members -please contact Shelly (902) 439-3075 between 8:30am – 4:00pm Mondayto Friday to arrange to have one dropped off.
• Rapid Test Kits for off reserve band members can be accessed at your local Access PEI Centre.  If you are unable to go there yourself, please contact Shelly at (902) 439-3075between 8:30am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday.
• Safety Packages will be delivered to our On and Off reserve members on PEI next week , the date to be determined. These kits will have sanitizer and the recommended 3 ply surgical masks and important information about Covid 19 and the Omicron variant and other supports.
• If you are required to self-isolate and are in need of support (Ie. Groceries or grocery pick up) or have special needs, please call Tammy Arsenault at (902) 439-3070 between 8:30am – 4:00pm Mondayto Friday.
• We will be having a Booster Clinic the first week in January ( that date is to be determined,,stay tuned) however please call the Health Center to put you name in for an appointment for this clinic.
I know that everyone is very concerned. I encourage you all to take added protection to protect yourself your families and your community. We will get through this crazy 5th wave together if we each do our part to slow this bug down. We don’t know what the coming weeks or months will bring but we are prepared to work hard to achieve positive outcomes for our families.
This message will be posted in video and written form to our social media pages.
On behalf of myself , the Band Council and staff, we wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy 2022!
Chief Darlene Bernard
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