Updated May 7, 2020

General Updates:

Vulnerable and High-Risk Individuals

  • Vulnerable individuals, such as seniors and those with underlying health conditions, should continue to exercise caution and minimize high-risk exposures, such as public outings.

Curfew (For those 18 years and under):

  • A Notice of Curfew was implemented and began March 24th.
  • This is to decrease the amount of travel amongst residents in order to decrease community transmission of infection.

Large Gatherings:

  • Effective immediately, large gatherings are to be discontinued. This includes bingos, Cree classes and round dances, etc.

Limited Travel Advisory (For everyone):

  • Everyone is advised to limit their travel to and from the city in order to decrease community transmission of infection.
  • Please only consider travel for essential errands (groceries, medication, doctor appts.).

Border Patrol Task Plan

  • Border Patrol Task 1 was implemented beginning evening of March 26th.
  • Patrol to deny entry of non-residents & non-band members with the exception of essential staff and providers.
  • Monitor traffic flow & remind residents of risks, to mitigate the risk of infection spread, promote non-essential travel, promote social distancing and flatten the “curve”.

Cleaning Care Packages

  • Cleaning Care Packages delivered to each household on reserve the week of April 12th.
  • Regina urban members will receive a cleaning care package early next week. One package per household.

Facilities, Programs and Services Updates:

The operations of Piapot adheres to the COVID – 19 response guidelines set in place by the province. This includes:

  • General Workplace information
  • Cleaning, Disinfection and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Worker Health/ Preventative Measures

For more information:  https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/re-open-saskatchewan-plan/covid-19-workplace-information

Band Operations

  • Reduced hours for essential staff. Staff are required to follow COVID – 19 General Workplace Information guidelines.
  • Inquiries:
    • Housing/Septic/Water Inquiries: Ashley Lavallee (306) 540-3923
    • Public Works/Roads/Infrastructure: Lorne Rockthunder (639) 999-7086
    • Social Assistance: Donna Mantee (306) 551-1336
    • QBOW: On-Call (306) 332-7939
  • For all other inquiries email: inquiries@piapotfirstnation.com

Water Treatment Plant:

  • Hours have been changed to 8:30 am – 4:30 pm every day of the week.
  • Water pail fill controls will be disinfected frequently.
  • Members will be required to sanitize their water jugs with bleach regularly.
  • Water Treatment Plant Security – Implemented March 22, 2020. Security personnel will be stationed at the entrance driveway of the WTP to keep track of traffic and deter off-reserve residents from coming to get water. Purpose is to mitigate the risk/or spread of the virus from outside carriers and decrease community transmission of infection.

Piapot First Nation Health:

  • Rotating schedules developed for essential staff. Staff are required to follow COVID – 19 General Workplace Information guidelines.
  • Information packages were developed and provided to Elders 65+, this includes the color-coded signage to use to indicate communication and to be viewed externally.
  • Home Care – Foot care on Fridays by appointment only.
  • Good Food Boxes – Provided to on-reserve Elders (65+) twice a month.
  • Pre/Post-Natal – Program has resumed with Dr. Robertson twice a month.
  • Milk Program – Program sill being offered once a week.
  • Dr. Robertson is offering a virtual clinic on Facebook and regular clinic.
  • Regular contesting, including “Mother’s Day” and “Cleanest Yard”

Chief Payepot School

  • Re-Open Plan – Staff will be back at the school planning for the up-coming school year while following the COVID – 19 General Workplace Information guidelines. Planning consists of the following and looking at different options:
    • Rotational student cycle
    • Virtual classrooms
    • Re-arrangement of floor plans
  • Family Engagement – School continues to conduct social media interactions with students; for example: Spirit Week, Elder Prayers and Songs and is posted on the School Facebook page.
  • Lunch Program – Chief Payepot School will continue to provide food packages for families who usually would been offered lunch while at Chief Payepot School and Daycare & HeadStart. Last food package distribution will be June 18th, 2020.
  • Garden Program – Chief Payepot School will provide raised gardens, soil and seeds and will incorporate learning from home, life skills and responsibility.

Daycare & Headstart

  • Re-Open Plan – Staff are planning for re-opening at later date while following the COVID – 19 General Workplace Information guidelines. Planning consists of the following and looking at different options:
    • Screen time learning & games for the children
    • Re-arrangement of floor plans
    • Rotational schedules
  • Lunch Program – Distributed through Chief Payepot School, Daycare & HeadStart will continue to provide food packages for families who usually would been offered lunch while at Daycare & HeadStart. Last food package distribution will be June 18th, 2020.
  • Garden Program – Distributed through Chief Payepot School, Daycare & HeadStart will provide raised gardens, soil and seeds and will incorporate learning from home, life skills and responsibility.

Communications

  • Continually provide communications.
    • Video updates from Chief Jeremy Fourhorns, currently at 4 video updates. To see videos, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Re-Opening of Phases

  • Measures will be in place for each phase:
    • Individuals will continue working from home if they can do so effectively.
    • Physical distancing must be maintained, wherever possible.
    • Individuals must stay at home when they are sick.
    • Personal hygiene will continue to be a key prevention measure.
    • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection will take place in the workplaces, band hall, water treatment plant, school, health centre and other public spaces.
    • Although the public health order regarding the size of gatherings does not apply to businesses and workplaces, they are expected to follow the recommended public health measures, including:
      • physical distancing for staff and clients;
      • regular cleaning and disinfection;
      • frequent handwashing and sanitizing;
      • use of PPE where available and appropriate; and
      • keeping staff who demonstrate or report COVID-19 symptoms out of the workplace.

Phase I:

  • Re-opening of Border Security – May 14, 2020
  • Departments are in the planning stages for re-opening
  • Signage will go up as reminders for taking continued pre-cautions for COVID-19
  • Continued communication reminders for taking continued pre-cautions for COVID-19 will be posted on our Facebook and Website
  • Hazzard Assessment will be conducted
  • Implement Exposure Control Plans

Phase 2:

  • Details to come

Chief Message Updates

Chief Message Update – April 8, 2020
Chief Message Update – March 25, 2020
Chief Message Update – March 21, 2020
Chief Message Update – March 19, 2020