Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Emergency Management Bulletin
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From: News SHA <News@saskhealthauthority.ca>
Date: March 24, 2021 at 1:12:43 PM CST
To: SHA All Users <SHAAllUsers@saskhealthauthority.ca>
Subject: Public Service Announcement: COVID-19 Immunization Alert: Eligibility for Booked Appointments Expanded
The following Public Service Announcement is being shared with provincial media and on SHA social media channels.
COVID-19 Immunization Alert: Eligibility for Booked Appointments Expanded
COVID-19 vaccine booking eligibility is being expanded once again in Saskatchewan. Starting March 25 at 8 a.m., eligible groups will be expanded to include all individuals 62 years of age and older, individuals 50 years of age and older living in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District, all remaining phase one health care workers, and people with underlying health conditions who are clinically extremely vulnerable through an eligibility letter.
Read the rest of this announcement on the Saskatchewan Health Authority website: https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/news/releases/Pages/2021/March/COVID-19-Immunization-Alert-Eligibility-Expanded-March-24.aspx
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Latest actions out of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
Efforts are ongoing to finalize a matrix that outlines the relationships between the different levels of incident command, as well as a decision-making process for the SHA EOC.
Updated COVID-19 Clinical Guidelines – Expansion of Testing Criteria and Discontinuing Self-Isolation
The following updated guidance is provided to inform clinical decisions about testing, management of test results and persons required to self-isolate due to the presence of COVID-19 symptoms.
Note: Clinical Guidelines are statements that include recommendations intended to optimize care. They are designed to enhance, not replace, clinical judgement and expertise of health care providers.
The information currently posted at Clinical Guidelines for Testing, Management and Reporting (Updated April 4, 2020) has been updated as follows:
What is new?
· Expanded testing recommendations to include all persons with symptoms (of any severity) compatible with COVID-19.
· Guidelines for management of persons with COVID-19 symptoms who are not tested or with negative test results, including health care workers (HCW).
· Case Definitions and Contact Definitions are now included in the Saskatchewan Communicable Disease Manual chapter on COVID-19.
· Information and clarification of requirements for mandatory Self-Isolation is available at Saskatchewan.ca/COVID-19.
What has changed?
· Cases admitted to hospital or health care facility or residents of long term care or personal care homes no longer require 2 negative tests, a minimum of 24 hours apart, before lifting infection prevention and control (IPAC) precautions.
· All persons with COVID-19 symptoms (of any severity) should self-isolate immediately and until at least 48 hours after symptoms significantly resolve, regardless of test results.
Þ If self-isolating prior to testing (mandatory self-isolation) – continue until 14 days after last exposure.
Þ If self-monitoring prior to testing – continue at least until 14 days after last exposure.
· Guidelines for management of Health Care Workers (HCW) and Infection and Prevention and Control (IPAC) measures.
What is the same?
· MHO consultation not required to discontinue self-isolation.
· Updated guidance is provided:
Þ To promote strategic use of laboratory resources and supplies
Þ To support identification of triggers for key public health actions
Þ To provide a justifiable strategy that can be used to manage expectations regarding who is to be tested
· Expanded testing guidelines will increase access to testing for people with COVID-19 symptoms and inform surveillance to identify community transmission.
· Understanding that all persons with COVID-19 symptoms may not be tested, requiring self-isolation immediately and until 48 hours after symptoms significantly resolved reduces risk for community transmission.
· Requirements for discontinuing self-isolation based on consideration of likelihood of persons being infected despite a negative test result (false negative) and potential to transmit the virus once symptoms are significantly resolved.
These recommendations are developed and reviewed by the Senior Medical Health Officer with Provincial Clinical Departments of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine, Laboratory Medicine, and Infectious Disease, and provided with the support of the provincial Chief Medical Health Officer.
Please note that provincial and national* guidance will continue to be updated as situation evolves within Saskatchewan and across Canada, and based on evidence and best practice.
Long-term care visitor restrictions
Currently, visitors are NOT permitted in any Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) operated hospitals, clinics, community and continuing care facilities, except for compassionate care reasons. Compassionate care includes the support of a family member prior to a major surgery, end-of-life care, or for someone who is aiding in clinical care at a physician’s discretion.
We recognize that support for residents in long-term care is important to their well-being. As such, residents may now designate two visitors for compassionate care reasons. Designated visitors would usually be an immediate family member such as a spouse or child or an individual with an equivalent relationship.
Only one designated visitor may visit at a time. A daily log will be maintained to record visitors to the facility, and the individual will be required to pass a preliminary screening test before being admitted. Hand hygiene procedures both prior to and after visiting the resident are mandatory.
For more information on compassionate care visitation for residents in long-term care, please see:
Childcare spaces for pandemic workers
On March 20, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that it would be re-purposing childcare facilities co-located in schools to provide childcare services exclusively to health care workers and other employees providing services related to the COVID-19 pandemic response.
As of April 2, the Ministry of Education has received 295 applications from pandemic workers for 480 childcare spaces.
As the total of available child-care spaces to pandemic workers is approximately 2,200, there are still many spaces available for pandemic workers who require child-care services.
To apply for a childcare space(s), complete this application form. Send your completed form to email@example.com. The Ministry of Education will forward your form to a childcare centre in your community for consideration.
To view a list of childcare centres that are offering child-care services to pandemic workers, click here.
COVID-19 Healthcare Cybersecurity Training
As the COVID-19 situation unfolds and the need for virtual care increases, we are seeing a surge in cyberattacks against hospitals, organizations and healthcare professionals. Healthcare professionals may inadvertently trigger breaches that lead to locked down institutions, health systems and encrypted electronic patient records.
To help support health professionals manage this increased risk, Saegis, a subsidiary of the CMPA, is offering free COVID-19 Healthcare Cybersecurity, a bilingual eLearning course for those working in the Canadian healthcare space. The course is comprised of two modules which will each take approximately seven minutes to complete.
Map of provincial COVID-19 cases now available
Data on the number of cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, including a provincial map indicating positive cases by zone, is available on the COVID-19 site. (Please note that Central is both east and west; the cases are the totals for both sides.)
www.fsin.com March 21, 2020
Re: FSIN Pandemic Response Bulletin
In response to the Province’s State of Emergency Declaration and the FSIN declaration, the FSIN advises all Saskatchewan First Nations to strictly adhere to all precautionary advisories issued by Saskatchewan Health Authority and Health Canada.
It should be stressed that the best strategy to defeat this virus is through containment and severely limiting the spread of the virus. By implementing this strategy, First Nations can limit direct harm to their communities while reducing the strain on health care systems and facilities.
In the days ahead, the FSIN will provide further updates and advisories as required.
Please see the attached documents for valuable information for your community and First Nation Administration:
- Letter from ISC to First Nation Chiefs introducing COVID-19: First Nation Community Guide on Accessing Additional Supports.
- COVID-19 First Nations Community Guide on Accessing Additional Supports (ISC-Saskatchewan Region).
- ISC COVID-19: Update to First Nations Leadership: March 20, 2020
- ISC Preparedness and Response to COVID-19
- Interim Guideline: Medical Transportation During Declared Pandemics (NIHB Policy)
- (For Health Care Workers) Designated Emerging Communicable Disease-COVID-19
- Self-Isolation Information Sheet
- Self-Monitoring Information Sheet (International Travellers)
- COVID-19: Childcare Settings and Schools (Province of Saskatchewan)
- Saskatchewan Public Health Orders
EVERYONE CAN JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19! LIMIT THE HARM TO FIRST NATION COMMUNITIES BY SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SELF-ISOLATION WHERE NECESSARY!
1783 Hamilton St
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 2B6
March 20, 2020
Dear Chiefs in Saskatchewan First Nations
These are unprecedented times and we recognize and acknowledge your efforts and focus on coordination, collaboration, and communication in response to Covid- 19. Indigenous Services Canada is committed to working with you to prepare and respond to this situation. Please find enclosed the COVID-19: First Nations Community Guide on Accessing Additional Supports. This Guide is meant to support your community and Tribal Council efforts as you plan and prepare for COVID-19 and activate your All-Hazard and Pandemic Plans.
To ensure the ongoing delivery of critical services and core programs, ISC-Saskatchewan Region has enacted our Business Continuity Plan to ensure essential programs, services and assistance remain available to First Nations communities and members. Essential services include, but are not limited to:
- primary health care and health protection services
- non-insured health benefits
- emergency management measures
- Jordan’s principle
- management of health facilities
- any operations required to maintain safety at any environmental remediation site
- provision of funding for community services such as Child Family Service, Income Assistance
Our teams are available to guide you in how to access additional resources for Public Health- Related Emergency Supports and/or supports through the Emergency Management Assistance Program (EMAP). Going forward, we have created an email account for you to ask any specific questions related to COVID-19 and to provide support for response to meet your community needs. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org to help us ensure a coordinated and integrated response from the region.
Our commitment to the Chiefs in Saskatchewan is to provide you with regular updates on the evolving situation of Covid- 19. We will continue to do so every Tuesday afternoon via teleconference. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly.
Jocelyn Andrews, Regional Executive Officer, Saskatchewan Region
First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Indigenous Services Canada
email@example.com Tel: 306-790-4835 / Mobile: 306-203-4580
Rob Harvey, Regional Director General, Saskatchewan Region
Regional Operations, Indigenous Services Canada
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 306-780-5957 / Mobile: 306-536-9929
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations
Northern Inter Tribal Health Authority