covid-19 update 

Community Member Responsibilities

All community members of MFN should ensure they understand and comply with the infection prevention policies and practices outlined within this policy.

Hand Hygiene

  • Wash hands frequently. Thoroughly wash hands with an alcohol-based rub or with soap and water. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face (specifically your eyes, nose, and mouth) as much as possible.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing, sneezing, and yawning by doing so into the bend of your arm, not your hand.
  • Avoid touching surfaces people touch often.
  • Instead of a handshake, give a friendly wave or elbow bump.
  • Use any necessary personal protective equipment as directed.


Social Distancing

  • Keep a distance of at least two meters between you and anyone else, including your co-workers and clients
  • Increase distance between desks, tables, and workstations.
  • Reduce or eliminate activities that require close physical proximity or contact with people, such as team meetings.
  • Limit any necessary personal proximity to others that is closer than two meters to the shortest time possible. Employees are encouraged to communicate with each other via email and phone extension. If it required to meet, make use of the boardroom and maintain the required distance.


Updates to Family Members or Spouse Entering Community

  • Uplift of community restriction policies that had restricted family members or spouses that have been.
  • Further changes are subject to change along with the provinces safety orders – The US Border restrictions are still in effect



If you have a symptom of COVID-19 or think you might have such a symptom, do not come to work. It is critical that if you have at least one symptom of COVID-19 (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing), or even mild symptoms, you must stay home to avoid spreading illness to others. Mild symptoms may be similar to a cold or flu.

Additional actions you should take include:

  • Immediately isolating yourself to prevent any possible spread of COVID-19;
  • Contacting your local public health authority and follow their advice;
  • Notify First Nation Manager
  • Remain away from work until you have been advised to return by your public health authority, normally after a minimum of 14 days.

You need to self-isolate if you:

  • Have symptoms, even if mild, associated with COVID-19;
  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • Are waiting for laboratory test results after being tested for COVID-19; or
  • Have been advised to self-isolate by your regional public health authority.

Self-isolating means:

  • Staying home until the regional public health authority says you are no longer at risk of spreading the virus; and
  • Avoiding contact with others.

If your symptoms worsen, immediately contact your healthcare provider or public health authority and follow their instructions.


Voluntary testing

  • If community members choose to get voluntary tested without travelling, then they do not have to self-isolate for the 14-day period


Work-Related Travel

  • Non-essential travel is postponed until further notice.
  • Travel out to communities – at the request of Chief and Council only as many communities are restricting entry into the community by non-residents


You need to self-monitor if you have no symptoms but may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days, are in close contact with elderly people or medically vulnerable people, or have been instructed to self-monitor by your public health authority.

Self-monitoring means to:

  • Monitor yourself for 14 days for symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough, fever, and difficulty breathing; and
  • Avoid crowded places and increase your personal space from others whenever possible

If you develop symptoms, self-isolate immediately and contact your public health authority as soon as possible.


Personal Travel

  • Travel outside of Ontario: You are required to self-isolate for 2 weeks
  • Employees also have the option to get tested, with a negative test result an employee is able to return to work
  • If you have come in contact with anyone (family/ friends) outside of Ontario, you are required to inform your First Nation Manager and isolate for 2 weeks.
  • Employees have the option use their sick time/ personal days/ vacation or comp time during isolation.


Assessment Resources

If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.







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