January 10, 2022

The Fort William First Nation Emergency Response Group strongly recommends anyone who tests positive for COVID 19 to report to the FWFN COVID 19 hotline at 698-0415 (MON-FRI, 9:00am-4:00pm) or after hours please use the FWFN on-call service 472-7701. If anyone is experiencing difficulty with breathing, severe chest pain, feeling confused or unsure of where you are or losing consciousness, call 911 immediately and go directly to the hospital. 

The FWFN Emergency Response Group strongly recommend those who are eligible to get vaccinated and to get the booster dose. COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments are available by contacting the Mindimooyenh Health Clinic Registration line at 807-697-1753 or vaccine@onwa.ca Registration open MON-FRI, 9:00am-5:00pm. This vaccine clinic offers, first and second doses (5 years+, the 2nd dose is available 8 weeks/56 days after 1st dose), and Booster doses (3rd dose, 16+ years, this dose is available 6 months/168 days after 2nd dose). Also, Individual’s age 18 and older can now schedule their booster dose appointment through the Ontario booking portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. 

As of January 10, 2022 there are 7 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in the Fort William First Nation Community.

As of January 10, 2022- Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) is reporting 268 new COVID-19 cases in the TBDHU region. Current actives cases is 308. Due to the changes in the availability of testing, driven by increasing COVID-19 cases related to the Omicron variant, case counts reported are an underestimate of the true number of individuals with COVID 19. As such, data should be interpreted with caution. 

Ontario has moved to a modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen. Effective on January 5th, 2022 at 12:01am, Temporary public health measures will be in effect for at least 21 days.

  • Social gatherings and events will be limited to: 
    • Indoors- Up to five people
    • Outdoors- Up to 10 people for social gatherings
    • No limits for public events- physical distancing is strongly recommended 
  • Temporary public health measures for indoor business
    • 50 per cent capacity limit for retail businesses and personal care services 
    • Indoor services closed for most other settings, including (but not limited to):
      • Restaurants, bars, and other food/drink establishments with dance facilities
      • Sports and recreation facilities
      • Public attractions
      • Gaming establishments 
  • Work From Home
    • Requiring businesses and organizations to ensure employees work remotely unless nature of their work requires them to be on-site
  • Schools & Day Care
    • All publicly funded and private schools will move to remote learning starting January 5 until at least January 17, subject to public health trends and operational considerations
    • School buildings would be permitted to open for child care operations, including emergency child care, to provide in-person instruction for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated remotely and for staff who are unable to deliver quality instruction from home. 
    • During this period of remote learning, free emergency child care will be provided for school-aged children of health care and other eligible frontline workers. 

Due to the serious surge of COVID-19 cases right now within the City of Thunder Bay we are asking everyone to make their greatest effort to take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health: 

  • Reduce your contacts
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home and self-isolate if you are sick (not related to getting a COVID-19 vaccine in the last 48 hours). Talk with a doctor if necessary.
  • Wear a mask, and wear it properly. Over your Mouth AND Nose

Please continue to stay safe. We are all in this together as a community and we will get through this as a community. 

If you have any questions, please see contact information below. 

Respectfully, 

Michael D. Pelletier, Chief Executive Officer
Fort William First Nation
P: 807.623.9543 Ext. 233   C: 807-629-0471

COVID-19 Information & Communication Lines

Call (807) 622-8802 during office hours or the on-call phone after hours (807) 472-7701
Email: luanne@fwfn.com
Website: https://fwfn.com/covid-19-action-plan/