Call for Tender – Waqatasg Elders Home Project

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government is excited to release a call for tender for the complete construction of the Waqatasg Elders facility on Isaac Lane. We would like to take this time to acknowledge and thank everyone who has dedicated their time over the years to bring this project to life.

The deadline to submit a bid is 10:00 a.m. (Eastern time) and 11:00 a.m. (Atlantic time) April 19, 2021. Tender documents can be obtained and submitted on SEAO or MERX as per the links below.

https://www.merx.com/solicitations/open-bids/Waqatasg-Elders-Home-Listuguj-New-Construction/0000195331

https://www.seao.ca/OpportunityPublication/ConsulterAvis/Recherche?ItemId=8050bb19-1060-4c37-847f-bb493625b8a3&callingPage=2&searchId=c7cdd786-074e-49b2-bc73-acee0116ac1c&VPos=100

COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar

The Listuguj Community Health Services (LCHS) and the Centre intégré de santé et des services sociaux de la Gaspésie (CISSS) are inviting you to a webinar on the COVID-19 vaccine. The LCHS has one last chance to offer the COVID-19 vaccine, and they want to ensure that all community members who are interested can receive it.

This webinar will provide important details about the vaccine and offer you a chance to ask questions with medical doctors present. To learn more, join the COVID-19 vaccine webinar on Tuesday, March 9th, at 2:00 p.m. (NB time).

 

Webinar Details:

Tuesday, March 9th, at 2:00 p.m. (NB time)

Link: https://cisss-gaspesie-gouv-qc-ca.zoom.us/j/66552187970?pwd=V3YvN2w4Nm83QjVHZzdoSSt2WXZJQT09

Meeting ID: 665 5218 7970

Passcode: 728562

Medical Taxi Out of Service Due to Weather

The Medical Taxi Program will not be in service today due to the upcoming weather. Keep your attestation and taxi receipt for reimbursement. Thanking you in advance on this matter.

Important Update from the Community Kitchen

Please note that the Community Kitchen will be implementing the following changes starting this week.

The community kitchen will now be open from 10 am – 12 pm for Elders aged 65 and up only and then from 1 pm – 4 pm for all other clients. This will allow for shorter wait times and decrease the traffic on food bank days.

In order to continue safely operating the community kitchen on a bi-weekly basis, the number of clients allowed in the waiting area is 10 people. Should you arrive at the community kitchen and the waiting area is full, please come back at a later time. With the cold weather, we do not want anyone waiting outside.

 

The community kitchen will be open on:

Thursday, February 25, 2021

10 am to noon – clients 65 and older only

1 pm to 4 pm – all other clients

Don’t forget to bring your own bags.

Listuguj COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Update

Message from the Listuguj Community Health Services: Listuguj is administering the 1st dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine now. Please call us and we will give you an appointment TODAY! We will NOT be scheduling another 1st dose clinic IN Listuguj. Community residents who do not receive the 1st dose at the Health Center will […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Listuguj has received our first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. More vaccines will be arriving soon!

If you’re interested in getting the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and have not yet registered, please contact the Listuguj Community Health Services (LCHS) at (418) 788-2155. You must be 18 years of age or older to register.

The LCHS has created a vaccine priority schedule to ensure our most vulnerable can receive the vaccine first. The Listuguj COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out Schedule is included below.

 

Listuguj COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out Schedule

Group #1:     Critical workers, including Health & Social Services workers with direct contact with clients AND Elders aged 80+ (born before 1939);

Group #2:     Elders between the ages of 60 – 79;

Group #3:     Individuals under the age of 60 living with chronic illness(es);

Group #4:     Essential workers and LMG employees; and

Group #5:     Balance of adult population age 18+.

 

Listuguj COVID-19 Guidelines Update

***Updated below for clarity on February 19, 2021: If you travel to a non-red zone within Quebec and stay overnight, you do NOT need to self-isolate.***

At the beginning of January, the Listuguj community had experienced a spike in cases. Fortunately, due to a quick response by LMG, the cases were localized and there was no community spread.  Since then, our actions have reduced the total number of active cases to zero. As a result, Unified Command met this morning, as part of our normal monitoring of COVID issues, to discuss our protocols and seek adjustment, according to the reduced risk faced by the community.

Based on this review, the Unified Command has decided to make the following amendment:

February and March typically bring with it heightened mental health issues. This has been compounded by the measures to contain the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Balancing the risk level with our success in maintaining an infection rate of zero has led to a lessening of our rules regarding day travel.

Effective February 8th, 2021, day trips will be allowed on condition that hygiene and social distancing protocols are followed AND that the primary purpose of the day trip is for exercise and outdoor activities. Inter-regional and inter-provincial travel is discouraged. Overnight travel to ‘Red Zones’ will still require 14-day self-isolation upon return to Listuguj. ***To Clarify: If you travel to a non-red zone within Quebec and stay overnight, you do NOT need to self-isolate.***

In regard to testing, at this point, the PCR test does not provide the level of accuracy to determine if one has active COVID-19 (there are false readings) and at what contagion stage the individual may be. Consequently, a negative test result does not waive isolation or quarantine requirements.

Return to “bubbles”:

In early January, at height of COVID crisis in Listuguj, we moved from “bubbles” to “households”. A household was defined as being “individuals living under one roof”. However, with the current success rates (zero cases) Listuguj can now relax a little and ‘revert back’ to bubbles (one can now associate with, work with, and socialize with individuals in one’s own bubble). It is hoped that if we maintain zero cases, we will be able to progress to a community-wide bubble.

Reminder:

  • Any individual coming into Listuguj to work/reside/extended visit will require a 14-day self-isolation period.
  • Wash hands, wear masks, maintain social distancing.
  • Listuguj non-essential businesses can re-open on February 8th.
  • Individuals who travel to a ‘Red Zone’ (or outside the country) are required to self isolate upon return to Listuguj for 14 days. The EXCEPTION is for essential travel with NO overnight stay (this has been defined as grocery shopping, custody pick up/ drop off, medical/health, legal, LMG business, purchase of construction/gardening supplies, government in-person appointments/renewals, funerals). Please note that the intention with the exception is to allow individuals to conduct essential travel. It is meant to be done as quickly and directly as possible.
  • Individuals who come into contact with anyone who has travelled to a ‘Red Zone’ for non-essential travel OR who has travelled for essential travel but has overnighted AND this contact has been for more than 15 minutes in an enclosed area without a mask, is required to self isolate for 14 days.
  • Anyone who has tested positive must quarantine for 14 days.
  • Anyone whom an order has been made to quarantine or self-isolate by competent medical or Public Health authorities shall also be required to do so.

 

Updated Self-Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

Due to the ongoing support and compliance with our measures, the number of active cases in Listuguj has reduced to zero.  To ensure the safety of our community and loved ones, the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government would like to update you on our new self-isolation and quarantine measures.

 

Travel that does not require self-isolation:

Essential travel to a ‘Red Zone’ with NO overnight stay is permitted without the need to self-isolate upon return to Listuguj. This has been defined as grocery shopping, custody pick up/ drop off, medical/health, legal, attending a funeral, LMG business, government in-person appointments/renewals and construction supply purchases.

 

Listuguj Self-Isolation and Quarantine Measures

Self-isolation is a preventative measure to those who may have been exposed to the virus.

Self-Isolation is mandatory if:

  1. You OR a member of your household is awaiting COVID-19 test results.
  2. You OR a member of your household OR a guest staying in your household have come from a ‘Red Zone’ or high-risk area for non-medical or non-essential purposes. You are required to self-isolate for a duration of 14 days upon return to Listuguj.
  3. You OR a member of your household OR a guest staying in your household have come from a ‘Red Zone’ or a high-risk area for medical or essential purposes AND stayed for one or more nights in a red zone.
  4. You came into contact with anyone who has travelled to a ‘Red Zone’ for non-essential travel OR who has travelled for essential travel but has stayed there for one or more nights AND this contact has been for more than 15 minutes in an enclosed area without a mask.
  5. You OR a member of your household have COVID related symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, new loss of smell or taste, gastrointestinal symptoms, etc.). AND have been in contact with a person who recently tested positive for COVID.

Quarantine is ordered when someone or someone within your household has been tested and received a positive COVID test result.

Quarantine measures are mandatory if:

  1. You or a member of your household has obtained a positive result following a COVID-19 test. The household MUST follow direction of Quebec Public Health. Quebec Public Health will release the household when it is safe to do so.

Please note, additional precautions must be taken to prevent the spread of the virus in your household especially if individuals residing in your household are considered high-risk (e.g. diabetics, etc.).

If you have any questions, please contact the COVID Hotline at 581-884-2771. The hotline is available Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. When calling after hours, please leave a detailed message including your phone number.

Changes to NB Essential Travel – January 22, 2021

January 22, 2021 – The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government would like to advise residents of recent changes to the New Brunswick Mandatory Order that will come into effect on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 at midnight.

Residents of Listuguj First Nation [and Pointe-à-la-Croix, Quebec] must restrict travel to Restigouche County once per week for essential supplies (excluding urgent medical care, medical appointments, and animal care) between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Atlantic time.

We ask that all residents plan your travel for essential goods and services accordingly to meet this recent change. Maximize each trip by getting as many of your essentials as possible during your one trip per week.

Additionally, frequent travellers for work purposes, custody arrangements and medical appointments will be subject to mandatory weekly testing. We will share more details of this process as they become available.

The definition of essential goods and services includes:

  • Necessities of life (e.g. groceries, clothing, etc.) and supporting services (e.g. butchers for hunted game);
  • Health care (e.g. prescriptions, medical equipment & supplies, etc.). Health care travelers may be accompanied by a support person;
  • Goods and services required for work or employment;
  • Banking and financial institutions;
  • Transportation (e.g. automobile repair); and
  • Funerals and visitations of deceased immediate family members.