CHIEF'S MESSAGE updated 11/18/20
Dear Tribal Citizens,
I hope this letter finds you and your families in good health. I am writing to update you on the current Covid-19 situation. To date, the Health Clinic has administered approximately 335 tests. Fourteen (14) people have tested positive; six (6) people have recovered; the others remain in quarantine, one in the ICU. Additionally, there are fourteen (14) people in quarantine because they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. Our thoughts and prayers for good health are with all these families.
We are at a critical period of this pandemic as numbers of people testing positive, getting sick, being hospitalized, and dying from Covid-19 in the country and in Maine are rising each day. The recent outbreak in our community has made the past few weeks particularly challenging, but it is more important than ever for us to continue to be diligent and comply with the community safety restrictions, they are for the health and safety of every one of us.
- It is absolutely critical that you wear a protective mask whenever you are out in public as this simple act significantly reduces your chances of being infected or infecting others.
- We strongly recommend that you increase your efforts to shelter in place, which means staying in your home as much as possible, do not visit others except to check on loved ones, safely masked, and stay at least 6 feet apart when outside.
- We strongly recommend you do not travel. If you have traveled out of state recently, please get tested as soon as possible and quarantine for fourteen (14) days.
- We strongly recommend you practice good hygiene by washing your hands and sanitizing surfaces often.
These protocols protect you and everyone around you; they are a sign of respect, for yourself and for others. Caring for and helping each other is our best strategy for getting through this pandemic with as little damage and death as possible. Please let’s follow the example set by our ancestors who worked together to survive pandemics, wars, relocation, and more.
As Halloween has shown us, holidays will look different this year, but we must take all appropriate measures to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community.
During the Thanksgiving holiday, please:
- Celebrate with your immediate family (ideally only with members of your household) and follow mask and social distancing guidelines.
- Avoid crowds especially activities that put you in close contact to others such as Black Friday shopping.
Now for some good news! There have been positive developments in the creation of both treatments and vaccines for Covid-19. The Health Clinic will be holding town hall video conferences in early December to provide information including distribution plans and timelines.
I want to thank Health Clinic staff for developing and implementing a quick and effective testing and contract tracing plan in response to the outbreak, and to administration staff that had to adjust schedules and personnel in order to continue with essential services delivery. All our staff and community volunteers have simply been amazing.
I want to thank everyone who participated in the drive-thru testing conducted by the Health Clinic. We are happy to report all test results from the latest round are negative!
Finally, I want to thank you all for your patience and diligence during this extremely difficult time, and also for your phone calls and questions. During this time of giving thanks, I am grateful to all of you for the honor of being your Chief. As I witness the strength of character of our people I am extremely proud to lead our great Nation.
Our thoughts are with you all and we hope you have an enjoyable and safe holiday!
Kirk E. Francis, Chief