Current COVID-19 Situation in Ross River
Ross River Dena Council advises all community members that as of 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 the number of active cases involving members of our community remains at two. There have been no new confirmed cases since Saturday.
The following safety measures remain in effect to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community:
- The Dena General Store will be temporarily closed to the public, however community members can place an order for pickup or delivery of groceries to your door – please call 969-2280 and/or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order;
- The Dena General Store will now be closed on Sundays and Tuesdays for cleaning and other necessary measures;
- Tu-Lidlini Petroleum advises that the gas station will have reduced hours from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. until further notice and that customers are strongly encouraged to use the Cardlock system to pay for fuel;
- Banking services are now available at the Dena General Store on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – services are provided at the door, as the store is currently closed to the public.
- The following travel advisory is now in effect:
- NO VISITORS PLEASE – Travellers are asked to refrain from visiting Ross River at this time;
- ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY – Community members are asked to refrain from travelling to other communities unless it is absolutely essential (i.e. for medical reasons);
- Ross River Dena Council offices will remain closed to the public until further notice;
- Ross River Dena Council staff are advised that return-to-work discussions are under way, however please continue to work from home until further notice; and
- Ross River Dena Council continues to engage with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the COVID Response Unit and efforts to help strengthen community-level support measures are now advancing.
These measures have been introduced in response to the current outbreak in Whitehorse and the presence of COVID-19 in multiple communities, including Ross River. Council continues to work with territorial health authorities and our neighbouring communities to monitor the situation and takes this matter very seriously.
Youth Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday
A vaccination clinic for Ross River youth (ages 12-17) will be held on Wednesday, July 14 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Ross River School. This is an opportunity for youth to receive either their first or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, which was first administered in the community on June 23.
The vaccination team is prepared for walk-ins, however booking an appointment is preferred. To book an appointment, please visit the online booking system here. Parents and youth can contact the Health Centre at 969-4444 if you have any questions or need assistance with booking.
Upcoming Adult Vaccination Opportunities
Adults (18 and older) can also be vaccinated during the Youth Vaccination Clinic from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14 at Ross River School. The vaccination team will have doses of the Moderna vaccine available, no appointments will be necessary.
Beyond Wednesday’s clinic, adults are encouraged to contact the Ross River Health Centre at 969-4444 to arrange for a vaccination appointment. Clinics for adults are organized based on demand, and can be arranged quickly if enough community members express interest.
Not Feeling Well? Get Tested
Community members are reminded that if you are feeling sick – even with mild symptoms – it is important to immediately self-isolate and contact the Health Centre at 969-4444 to arrange for a test. Do not visit with others and do not come directly to the Health Centre, please call first.
- Shortness of breath
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Loss of sense of taste or smell
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle aches
Other COVID-19 Considerations
Council recognizes that as part of the new normal, outbreaks may occur in Whitehorse and/or rural communities in the weeks and months ahead. When an outbreak occurs, Council asks that everyone remain calm, continue to follow the Safe 6 +1 and that we all work together to help protect vulnerable community members during these difficult times.
Here are some additional considerations and resources to help keep Ross River safe:
- If you or someone you know had really mild symptoms and recently tested negative for COVID-19 this is good news, however it is not the end of the story. If symptoms get worse in the days (and weeks) following a test, it’s a good idea to self-isolate and call the Health Centre at 969-4444 to arrange for another test – when it comes to COVID-19, it’s way better to be safe than sorry;
- For the latest COVID-19 Self-Isolation Guidelines: https://yukon.ca/en/self-isolation-covid-19;
- If you see someone who was known to be self-isolating but may not be following the current the self-isolation guidelines, you can report this activity here;
- If you live with others and are not able to self-isolate, please inform the Health Centre or Ross River Dena Council and efforts will be made to arrange for temporary self-isolation options; and
- Anyone seeking mental health and wellness support are encouraged to call the LifeWorks Crisis Support Line at 1-844-751-2133 (open 24 hours, 7 days a week) or call (867) 332-5468 to reach the Mental Health, Counselling and Crisis Support Line for Ross River, Pelly Crossing, Carmacks and Faro citizens.
Ross River Dena Council has established the RRDC COVID-19 Action Plan Working Group to advise Council and help coordinate COVID-19 community outreach and support efforts during an unprecedented public health emergency. For more information about the Working Group or if you would like to volunteer and help make a difference, please send an email to the Working Group Co-Chairs Verna Nukon at email@example.com and/or Dylan Loblaw at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach us by calling the Ross River COVID-19 Support Line at 747-0099 at any time.
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