March 20, 2020
Dear Clients and Community,
Noojmowin Teg Health Centre provides culturally relevant services and is committed to support and promote the overall wholistic health and well-being of Anishinabek individuals, families and communities within the District of Manitoulin and area. We continue to take ongoing preparations and affirmative action in response to COVID-19 and want to thank our clients and partners for your patience as we make changes to the delivery of services. The following services are available and provided by Noojmowin Teg Health Centre to the First Nation and Indigenous community.
Primary and clinical care essential services are available in person as deemed necessary, or by phone and video conferencing. This includes access to nurse practitioners, physicians, RPNS, and diabetes footcare.
Aging at Home Transportation Service will continue to operate as an essential service to clients aged 55+ years and over for medical appointments and local grocery shopping trips only. The below healthcare services are available by phone and/or video conferencing:
• Dietitians, diabetes team, health care navigation and geriatric social worker services
• Mental health and addictions counselling services for the District of Manitoulin and Espanola and the surrounding area
• Traditional healer services and cultural support services for the District of Manitoulin and Espanola and the surrounding area
Noojmowin Teg Health Centre would like to remind everyone of the importance of social distancing. Please stay at home, limit the of use public transport, avoid visitors to your home, only run errands which are deemed necessary such as grocery and medical.
If you are a community member or Anishinabek elder looking for support at this time and would like a social call/check-in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (705) 368-2182.
If you are having a crisis or feeling overwhelmed, please call the 24-hour Crisis Line (705) 674-4760.
If you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, please contact your primary health care provider, do not go into emergency. A COVID-19 self-assessment is available at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#q0. If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.
We are committed to keeping you informed with the latest updates from trusted, health sources regarding the virus, offering helpful advice on protecting yourself and your loved ones, and ways to assist you in making things much easier during this unusually confusing time.
Visit our website for an update list of resources and information related to COVID-19: www.noojmowin-teg.ca/events/latest-news.
Noojmowin Teg Health Centre recognizes the work of all our health care providers and front-line workers at this very stressful time. Each day, we light a sacred fire and send our prayers for our medical community, providers and community members.
In solidarity and with respect,
Noojmowin Teg Health Centre