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COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Testing Totals as of January 25, 2021:
3,278 patients tested at MNAW and CAIR
3,082 Negative Tests
0 Pending Tests (sent to external lab)
196 Positive Tests (92 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:
FDL Construction Job Fair - January 30, 31
Winter Storytelling Event - January 29
Community Center Food Pantry - January 27
Community Center Food Pantry - February 3, 10, 17, 24
Circle of Security Parenting - Tuesdays through Mar 16
Positive Indian Parenting - Thursdays, Feb-Mar

Community Notices:

1/26 Virtual Warrant Resolution Event: The 6th Judicial District is holding a virtual Warrant Resolution Event via Zoom on Tuesday, February 2, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Click here for details and access information.
1/26 TRIBAL COURT NOTICE: All Tribal Court hearings will be held remotely until further notice. Hearings will be through Zoom or by telephone. You will receive notice in the mail with details on how to appear at your scheduled hearing. Please be sure the Court has your current address for mailings. If you have not received notice, please contact the Court Clerk at 218-878-7151 or courtadministrator@fdlrez.com for assistance.
1/25 FDL Construction (TERO) Job Fair: The FDL Construction(TERO) Job Fair will be held at Black Bear Casino Resort on January 30th and 31st. COVID-19 Safety Procedures will be observed. The Job Fair will be held from 8 am to 12 pm each day. All interested TERO compliant applicants are invited to attend! Click here for details and a TERO application.
1/25 FDL TRANSIT NOTICE: FDL Transit will begin collecting fares on February 1, 2021. Riders can purchase either a 10 Trip Pass, or an Unlimited Monthly Pass. Click here for full details and purchase instructions.
1/25 NOTICE: The FDL EOC and Human Services Division have released the FDL COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan. Click here to see the plan document. Thank you for your continued patience with our vaccination scheduling team, as they are experiencing a significant increase in call volume during vaccination distribution. They are in the process of completing phase 1a of our vaccine distribution plan and are receiving vaccine shipments weekly. Currently, the Fond du Lac vaccination team is looking to administer the first dose of vaccinations on the final prioritized group in Phase 1a. This group includes 18-51 year-olds with specific documented health conditions. To be eligible, you also must receive primary care at Fond du Lac Human Services Division, live in the service area, or be a Fond du Lac enrollee. Please click here to see specific qualifications. The health conditions listed put a person at higher risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19. If you meet the identified criteria and are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, please call 218-878-2190, 218-878- 3837 or 218-878-3791 to schedule an appointment.
1/25 RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 27th, 9 am, is open to FDL Band members via Zoom. Click the Zoom Link for access. The meeting ID is 847 689 6955 and the passcode is 38517. Alternatively, you can call into the meeting by calling (312) 626-6799. Either method will put you in a waiting area. Meeting access will be granted upon Band membership verification.
1/25 Community Center Food Pantry: The Community Center Food Pantry continues in 2021! Food Pantry events will be held at each FDL Community Center on January 27 and February 3, 10, 17, 24, from 12 pm to 7 pm. Applications will need to be filled out before a community member will receive their food. Click below for program details and application.
January Details and Application
February Details and Application
1/22 FDL Social Services is holding Circle of Security Parenting, and Positive Indian Parenting classes via Zoom through March, 2021. Click the links below for full details.
Circle of Security Parenting - Tuesdays through March 16.
Positive Indian Parenting - Thursdays in Feb and March.
1/22 Child Care Providers Needed: FDL Social Services is looking for licensed Child Care Providers. The FDL Child Care Program can help with training, support and resources to any interested people. Click here for full details.
1/21 NOTICE: The Band sent a letter to Rep. Pete Stauber about the nomination of Deb Haaland as Secretary of Interior. Click here to read the letter.
1/19 COVID Vaccination Update: FDL Human Services has an updated flyer about the current state of the COVID-19 Vaccinations on Fond du Lac. Click here to read the flyer.
1/19 13 Moons Storytelling Event: 13 Moons will be hosting a winter storytelling event. Participants will hear traditional stories from elders around Indian Country. The event will be on Friday, January 29th, 5pm - 7pm via Zoom. Click here for full details.
1/5 Public Notice: The Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection has received an application for a Wetland Activity Permit from Fond du Lac Public Works for the Regional Drinking Water Project. The Project would be constructed in two phases - Phase I consists of the installation of two production wells, construction of a water treatment plant, construction of an elevated water storage tower, upgraded electrical power to 3-phase power, and the installation of a water main extension to the Mahnomen community. Phase II will consist of the installation of water main extensions to East Pine Drive, the "Duck" Roads, Jarvi Road, and Danielson Road. The installation of the water main extensions will be conducted using horizontal directional drilling but will incur both permanent and temporary wetland impacts. See the 30-Day Public Notice for the location, project description, wetland impacts and how to provide comments.
12/31 Human Services Notice: FDL Human Services has support services available for any that may need them. Click here for information and contact numbers.
12/30 Public Notice: The Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection has received a request for a Wetland Activity Permit from Perch Lake Township to reconstruct Watkins Spur Road on the western shore of Big Lake. The current width and turn-around at the end of the road do not meet current road standards. The turn-around is so tight that snow removal and emergency vehicles cannot utilize the road. Currently, the township uses a private contractor with a pick-up plow for snow removal. The proposed reconstruction would be to construct a one-way road, 14 feet in width. This would require a new section to be constructed on the south end through a wetland. This option reduces wetland impacts and impacts to adjacent landowners. Click here to read the notice, complete with project location, project description, project sequencing, proposed wetland impacts, proposed mitigation, and how to comment. This notice will remain online for 30 days.
12/28 Community Notice: Because of the COVID-19 shutdown of our gaming operations last summer, the RBC has taken the step to not issue advances for the first quarter of 2021. Depending on the recovery of our operations, loans may be available for second quarter of 2021.
  FDL Human Services Facebook Live Events: Join us for a Facebook Live Podcast on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month for Recovery Topics and Speakers, and a Community Drum Ceremony every Monday and Friday. Click here for full details and links.
  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.
 

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

  No Large Scale FDL Events: 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
  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