SIX NATIONS — Six Nations received a 3rd positive COVID-19 test result on Monday March 30, 2020; this is in addition to two cases of the COVID-19 virus being confirmed in the Six Nations territory on Saturday March 28, 2020.
The latest case began isolating upon becoming symptomatic and testing was completed. Contact tracing is being conducted by Ohsweken Public Health and all contacts are being advised to self-isolate, monitor for symptoms and to report symptoms immediately to the Ohsweken Public Health Office. If you have not been contacted by the Ohsweken Public Health Office and advised that you are a contact, this means that you have not been in contact with these cases.
Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council would like to thank everyone for their patience yesterday as the Emergency Control Group had to move up the timeline and are now restricting access to the community. This is part of our ongoing efforts to curb further transmission of the COVID-19 virus. We are taking this measure to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Everyone is still encouraged to practice social distancing; remain at home and away from others unless it is absolutely necessary to leave your home. If you must leave your home, stay a minimum of 2 meters away from those around you and wash your hands after leaving a public space and upon returning to your home.
In order to clarify from yesterday’s release, gas stations and variety stores are an essential service and should remain open.
To be clear: All Six Nations residences will have access in and out of the community. We will be asking all visitors who are trying to access the community for shopping or recreational purposes to turn around, stay safe and stay home. To ensure essential services continue, the following list of individuals will still be able to access the community, during this time of restrictive access: Non-native band council employees, non-native clients seeking health or other essential services, contractors providing health care or other essential services, non-natives working for a business on Six Nations, delivery of all goods such as delivery trucks and vans, and private caregivers.
The Six Nations Elected Council and the Emergency Control Group will monitor any and all issues with the restrictive access daily and will adjust the process as necessary. The council will be taking the advice of our Health Care professionals later this week and hope to have a timeline on the length of the restrictive access measures at that time.
All staff at the check points will be members of Six Nations community and verify the residency of in-coming motorists. Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council and the emergency control group has already communicated their plans to neighbouring communities and transportation providers. They will also create and distribute traffic advisories for distribution through physical and virtual channels such as community radio and the SNGREC’s website and social media feeds.
All are invited to visit sixnationscovid19.ca for the latest information on the SNGREC’s emergency response measures.