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Weekly Health Update #8 with AFN Community Health Nurse

Weekly health update with AFN Community Health Nurse

Hi Everyone,

Spring is finally here! The sun is shining, and hopefully its lifting everyone’s mood, even just a little bit. Don’t forget to enter the Get Up and Move contest. Email me () or post on our facebook page a video OR picture of you or your family getting active! You could win 1 of 3 $50 gift cards, we can email or mail to you!
As there isn’t much “new” with Covid-19 lately, I am going to reiterate that basic prevention measures are so important! We can see the light at the end of the tunnel of this first wave. Plans are being made for businesses and child care to reopen. The excitement is there. But this pandemic is not over, another wave will be coming. Until herd immunity is achieved either naturally (enough people have had the virus, and are immune) or artificially (through vaccination), we are still at risk and so is our healthcare system. We have to be smart, we have to take it slow, and we have to be vigilant in basic prevention measures! Let’s keep working towards our new normal.

I have included the new list of symptoms that were updated May 22nd. Testing criteria now states if you show ONE or more symptom to please call 8-1-1 for assessment and directions on testing.

  • Wash your hands frequently, preferably soap and water if you have access, if not, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Gloves are not the best defense for the public in preventing infection of Covid-19. Gloves frequently give a false sense of security, and is seen to actually create more cross-contamination.
  • The safest measure you can take is washing your hands after each interaction, and refraining from touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Maintain 6 ft/2 m distance between you in anyone you come in contact with that is not in your 2-house bubble
  • Ensuring respiratory etiquette; covering coughs and sneezes with elbow
  • Sanitize/disinfect high contact areas of your home frequently: doorknobs, counters, remotes, taps, phones, etc.
  • If you have ONE or more symptoms of Covid-19 please call 811 to decide if you required testing
    • Fever (ie. Chills, sweats)
    • Cough or worsening of a previous cough
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Shortness of breath
    • Muscles aches
    • Sneezing
    • Nasal congestion/runny nose
    • Hoarse voice
    • Diarrhea
    • Unusual fatigue
    • Loss of sense of smell or taste
    • Red, purple, or blueish lesion on the feet, toes, or fingers without clear cause

It is so important for us to take this slow so we can keep progressing forward. Keep an eye on the provincial updates, as they give the most up to date information regarding restrictions and recommendations. Thank you for your commitment to the health of our people and province.

If there is a topic you’d like to see more about, such as nutrition, physical activity during isolation, coping strategies, child and youth health, etc. Please let me know and I can look into helping you as well as the community!

Stay safe and wash your hands

Chelsea Sawyer
Community Health Nurse
O: 902-627-1245
C: 902-277-2297

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Best links to get information

Please see our Facebook page: AFN Community Health and answer the joining questions for access. Frequent updates, resources, and links will be posted there

Nova Scotia Government: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

Nova Scotia Health Authority: http://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

WHO advising on pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-on-covid-19-pregnancy-childbirth-and-breastfeeding

Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line: call 24/7 1-888-429-8167

Kids Help Phone: call 24/7 1-800-668-6868
text CONNECT to 686868
or chat online on their website

 

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Youth Job Opportunities

Below you will find two new oppotunities for youth in our community:

Youth Ambassador
The Public Youth Engagement Strategy through Atlantic Published Texts (PYEACT)
YouthAmbassadorJobDescription PYEACT May 2020 (152 KB)

Youth Outreach Coordinator
Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office (KMKNO)
2020 Youth Outreach Coordinator Job Posting (123 KB)

Atlantic Indigenous Mentorship Network Emergency Relief Bursary (COVID-19)

Please find the Atlantic Indigenous Mentorship Network Emergency Relief Bursary for COVID-19 application here (324 KB) .

Acadia First Nation Is Looking for Support from The Community

Acadia First Nation is interested in purchasing home-made face masks from community members.

If you or someone you know has been making or is interested in making face masks/coverings, we are interested in purchasing these items from you.

 

We are currently offering $10.00 per mask. Please see below for contact information to arrange for pickup and payment.

 

Queens and Surrounding Areas Shelburne Yarmouth
Avis Johnson

(902) 350-0547 (cell)
Darlene Coulton

(902) 740-2077 (cell)
Rachel Falls

(902) 307-4300 (cell)

 

If you are interested in making a mask but are not sure how to make one, please use the below template as a guide. 

Adult Surgical Mask Template (524 KB)

Please use this document as a guide for the use of Non Medical Masks:

  Mask Insert (14 KB)

 

Acadia First Nation Thanks You for Your Support During These Difficult Times.

COVID-19 Replacement Tag Memo

May 19, 2020

 

To All Band Members,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Acadia First Nation will be extending its 2019/20 NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST PLAN until further notice. As a result, tags issued last year under the 2019/20 NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST PLAN will be valid until further notice. You can continue to fish with last year’s tags if you have them. If you do not have your tags from last year you will need to get replacement tags.

The 2019/20 NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST PLAN can be found at https://www.acadiafirstnation.ca/business/612-2019-2020-netukulimk-fish-harvest-plan/file.html

Please contact the Director of Fisheries for any new issuance of FSC tags or replacement FSC tags. All tags will be mailed out to the band members requesting them.

If you were not issued tags last year under the NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST PLAN, then you will need to fill-out NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST TAG FORM and send it to the Director of Fisheries.

NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST PLAN LOBSTER TAG FORM can be found at https://www.acadiafirstnation.ca/governance-documents/655-fsc-lobster-tag-form/file.html

All band members fishing under the 2019/20 NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST PLAN will have to fill out a NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST PLAN REPORTING SHEET and send it to the Director of Fisheries when you have completed all fishing activity.

NETUKULIMK FISH HARVEST PLAN REPORTING SHEET can be found at https://www.acadiafirstnation.ca/governance-documents/654-afn-fsc-reporting-form/file.html

If you have any questions about these issues contact the Director of Fisheries, Curtis Falls.

Sincerely,

 

Curtis Falls
Director of Fisheries
Kespuwick Resources Inc.
Acadia First Nation
10526 Highway # 3
Yarmouth, N.S.
B5A 5J7

Email:
Phone: 902 740-2573
Fax: 902 742-9355

Weekly Health Update #7 with AFN Community Health Nurse

Weekly health update with AFN Community Health Nurse

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend and this beautiful weather. Last week we launched the “Get Up and Move” contest. Details are on the website and AFN Community Health Facebook Page. Enter for your chance to win $50 gift card that can be emailed or mailed to you.

As you know, restrictions continue to be lifted as the weeks go on, and will continue as the number of covid-19 cases stay consistently low. More areas will open up, which means there will be more movement throughout the province. We cannot rely on “our area has no new cases”. We are moving towards a new normal, but the pandemic is not over. We MUST still be vigilant in basic prevention measures:

  • Wash your hands frequently, preferably soap and water if you have access, if not, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Gloves are not the best defense for the public in preventing infection of Covid-19. Gloves frequently give a false sense of security, and is seen to actually create more cross-contamination. The safest measure you can take is washing your hands after each interaction, and refraining from touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Maintain 6 ft/2 m distance between you in anyone you come in contact with that is not in your 2-house bubble
  • Ensuring respiratory etiquette; covering coughs and sneezes with elbow
  • Sanitize/disinfect high contact areas of your home frequently: doorknobs, counters, remotes, taps, phones, etc.
  • If you have 2 or more symptoms of Covid-19 please call 811 to decide if you required testing
    • fever greater than 38⁰C (100.5⁰F), or symptoms of fever (body aches, chills, weakness, and fatigue)
    • new, or worsening cough
    • sore throat
    • runny nose
    • headache

It is so important for us to take this slow so we can keep progressing forward. Keep an eye on the provincial updates, as they give the most up to date information regarding restrictions and recommendations. Thank you for your commitment to the health of our people and province.

If there is a topic you’d like to see more about, such as nutrition, physical activity during isolation, coping strategies, child and youth health, etc. Please let me know and I can look into helping you as well as the community!

 

Stay safe and wash your hands

 

Chelsea Sawyer
Community Health Nurse
O: 902-627-1245
C: 902-277-2297

 

Best links to get information

Please see our Facebook page: AFN Community Health and answer the joining questions for access. Frequent updates, resources, and links will be posted there

Nova Scotia Government: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

Nova Scotia Health Authority: http://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

WHO advising on pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-on-covid-19-pregnancy-childbirth-and-breastfeeding

Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line: call 24/7 1-888-429-8167

Kids Help Phone: call 24/7 1-800-668-6868
text CONNECT to 686868
or chat online on their website

 

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