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COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Situational Update November 24, 2020:
2,448 patients tested at MNAW and CAIR
2,274 Negative Tests
47 Pending Tests (sent to external lab)
111 Positive Tests (55 on Reservation)

The Fond du Lac Band is one of six Chippewa Indian Bands that make up the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. The Fond du Lac Reservation was established by the La Pointe Treaty of 1854. Archaeologists, however, maintain that ancestors of the present day Chippewa (Ojibwe) have resided in the Great Lakes area since 800 A.D. Today, our Band includes over 4,200 members. The Ojibwe name for the Fond du Lac Reservation is "Nagaajiwanaang", which means "where the water stops".

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Recent Additions:
Wreath Making Class via Zoom - November 27

Community Notices:

11/20 New COVID-19 PSA on Fond du Lac YouTube page: Fond du Lac we are urging you to take precautions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The amount of increased cases should alarm everyone of us. Together as a community, we must remain relentless, respectful, and resilient in our fight against COVID-19. See YouTube video PSA here.
11/20 Fond du Lac Adult Band Members: 2nd weekend scheduled for Turkey Giveaway - Friday the 20th thru Sunday the 22nd from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Fond du Lac Head Start parking lot. Please bring your tribal card. This is for all band members who missed the 1st weekend.
11/18 Get a Positive COVID-19 Test? What should you do next? FDL Human Services has a handy guide for your next steps. Click here to read the guide.
11/17 The Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection has received a request for Tribal Water Quality Certification from the St. Paul District - Army Corps of Engineers for the issuance of 43 Nationwide Permits, which are general permits issued on a nationwide basis to streamline authorization of activities that result in no more than minimal impacts. A Public Notice has been issued for 30-days, which expires on 17 December 2020, to receive comments on the certification. The notice contains a list of all 43 Nationwide Permits the St. Paul District is proposing to authorize. It also contains contact information to submit comments. Click here to read the notice.
11/16 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Planning Division is looking for applicants to fill two new Economic Development Committee positions. All applications must be turned in by Friday, December 18, 2020. Click here for full details.
11/16 MCT Constitution Reform Meeting: Please join us on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 in a Zoom meeting from 6 - 9 p.m. Zoom link here. FDL delegates are preparing for the MCT Constitutional Reform meeting on December 18 and need to know what you think about our overall government structure. Are you happy with it the way that it is? It is our understanding that we are revising the constitution and one of the revisions includes removing the Secretary of the Interior in totality. If we remove the Secretary, there will be no oversight to the TEC unless we write that into the revision. How would you like us to deal with that? The large group delegation will be gathering information from across the MCT members for the next 2 months to bring it all together and decide on what will be written on this issue. Miigwech!
11/13 FDL Community Centers Food Pantry: For Fond du Lac Band members, individuals will be able to go to their Community Centers for food distribution. An application must be completed in order to receive food. If there are any questions, please contact your assigned community center contact.
Food Pantry Information
Food Pantry Application
11/13 Food Box Distribution: Fond du Lac has partnered with Second Harvest for a Food Distribution Event. Food Boxes will be distributed from the FDL Head Start parking lot on November 24 and December 9. This is open to the Fond du Lac community that includes employees. Click here for full details.
11/12 Sharing Stories of Coronavirus: With the increase of positive cases of COVID-19, two of our community members were interviewed to share their stories about the coronavirus. Miigwech to Ashley Jaakola, Robert Peacock, Dr. Charity Reynolds for joining, and Arianna Northbird for facilitating the interview. Interview YouTube Link.
11/10 Powwow Cancelled: The Gichi Manidoo Giizis Powwow, set for January 29, 30, 2021, has been cancelled. The Powwow has been rescheduled for the following year. Click here for details.
11/10

FDL COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines:

  1. If someone has symptoms and tests positive their isolation period is 10 days from start of symptoms, as long as their symptoms have improved and they don't have a fever for 24 hours before returning to work. (without taking fever reducing medication)
  2. If someone has no symptoms and tests positive, then isolation period starts from when they got their positive test. Isolation for a positive test is 10 days as above.
  3. If someone was exposed to someone with COVID-19 and has no symptoms they should quarantine for 14 days from the date of their last exposure to the positive person, even if there test is negative. This is guidance from CDC and MDH.
  4. If someone develops symptoms or tests positive during their quarantine for being a contact of a positive person, then they need to isolate for 10 days from that date. So for example someone may have started their quarantine on the 1st, but then gets symptoms on day 7 and tests positive that day then their isolation starts the 7th for 10 days.

COVID Exposure Guide from FDL Human Services

11/6 It’s that time of year again! Wearing blaze orange or blaze pink will help minimize your chances of being mistaken for game animals during the hunting season. While hunters are required to wear blaze orange during certain seasons, all outdoor users who are in the woods during hunting seasons should wear blaze orange clothing as a precaution. Pets should also wear an orange vest or bandana for visibility. Make sure to wear blaze orange or pink, if you are outside. Be safe, be seen. #FDLstrong
11/5 Transit Notice Update: Fond du Lac Transit has temporarily suspended the Duluth stop at 27th Ave West due to road closure and construction. Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. Thank you.
11/4 2nd Round of COVID-19 Internet Reimbursement: The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is providing reimbursement of broadband/internet costs for Band member households in which a child must use remote education as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Click here to view the form.
10/29 Fond du Lac Events Notice: The FDL Band Emergency Operations Center has met with Band health care professionals, and at this time determined it is not in the Band's best interest to allow, sponsor, or host large-scale, in-person events at this time. Read the full directive here.
See Resolution 1173.20 here
10/26 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Planning Division has posted an updated Community Economic Development Strategy for the Fond du Lac Band for the time period of 2020-2025. Click here to read the document. This will remain posted for 30 days, if you have any questions you can contact the division at fdlplanning@fdlrez.com.
10/26 Home Flu Shots: If you are home-bound and at risk for COVID-19 and still would like a flu shot, arrangements can be made for you to receive your flu shot at home. Click here for details.
10/22 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Human Services Division has collaborated with AICHO and created some youTube COVID-19 PSAs for the community. Click the links below to view them!
Arne Vainio, MD PSA
Charity Reynolds, MD PSA
Mary Owen, MD PSA
10/1 Grant Writing Free Webinar Series: NDN Collective and Kauffman & Associates, Inc., are partnering to bring a four-part webinar series on effective grant writing to Indian Country as a part of NDN Collective’s outreach to Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities to help them plan and implement long term recovery strategies and access resources to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. The remaining date of the webinar is Dec 3. Click here for full details.
9/23 FREE COVID-19 Testing in Duluth: A free COVID-19 saliva testing station has been set up at the DECC in Duluth, MN. Testing is available Wednesdays - Sundays. Click here for full details and testing times.
  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Reservation Business Committee approved the following three employment policies: the Covid-19 Emergency Telework and Workplace Safety Policy, the COVID-19 Emergency Leave Policy, and the Temporary Public Health Emergency Leave Policy. See the policies below, along with a fillable COVID-19 Leave Request form.
COVID-19 Emergency Telework and Workplace Safety Policy
COVID-19 Emergency Leave Policy
Temporary Public Health Emergency Leave Policy
COVID-19 Leave Request fillable form
  Masks and Social Distancing: During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remain vigilant in our efforts to practice social distancing, wear cloth masks to protect those around us, and wash our hands often. There are plenty of great resources to help us maintain these goals. Please see the links below for a small sample of resources, and continue to stay safe! #FDLStrong!
Protect Yourself and Others: COVID-19 - MN Dept. of Health Information site.
How to wear and remove a cloth mask safely (pdf)
Social Distancing guidelines (pdf)
  Fitness Class Notice: Want to stay fit while social distancing? FDL Human Services is holding fitness classes through Zoom meetings. Please email Katie Hughes at Kathleenhughes@fdlrez.com if you are interested in more information. Click here for details.
Yoga - Mondays 12-1pm
PiYo - Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-1pm
Get Fit - Wednesdays 12-1pm