(St. Mary’s First Nation)
150 Cliffe Street, Fredericton, NB E3A 0A1
- (506) 458-9511 T.F. (888) 445-6644
November 14, 2021
COVID-19 Outbreak Declared for Sitansisk
Sitansisk Chief and Council were notified today of a declared outbreak of COVID-19 within the community. Following New Brunswick Public Health confirming a positive PCR test result within the community, follow-up testing of close contacts was conducted and at present, there are 13 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 within the community, with one member in hospital. According to Public Health, these cases are all connected, but an outbreak has been declared and the Provincial Rapid Outbreak Management Team (PROMT) will be in the community to help, starting Monday, November 15, 2021.
If you are contacted by New Brunswick Public Health, Sitansisk EMO or Band Administration, please follow all directions given. Public Health phone calls may appear as Private Number when calling, please answer these calls. All community members are asking to abide by best practices in the coming days, including limiting contacts, avoiding large gatherings, maintaining physical distancing measures when in public, wearing masks, and seeking testing while staying home if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. Testing can be arranged through the Health Centre or by calling 811. Localized PCR testing is being discussed, with the Health Centre potentially operating as a testing site this week in conjunction with NB Public Health. St. Mary’s Security +1 (506) 447-8721] will also have test kits available for delivery to community members outside of Health Centre hours.
Individuals with direct contact with positive cases are asked to follow the direction of Public Health, seek testing and monitor for the onset of symptoms of COVID-19. More information will be provided as it becomes available in the coming days. Chief and Council ask that members be sympathetic and show compassion for anyone who may have contracted the virus; there is no need for shame or stigma around the contraction of an ailment. Woliwon for your assistance in these matters.