Aaniin Curve Lake,

As announced today, our health region will be moving to the red control zone effective Monday March 8th at 12:01 am.  This measure is a direct result of the largest outbreak to date in Peterborough – caused by unnecessary gatherings.

We would like to start by recognizing the efforts of our community at this time – any outbreaks in Curve Lake have not grown in size, unlike the current outbreak in Peterborough that we see ballooning. We have stayed home, we have given up family gatherings, and for the most part, we have remained safe and healthy. Miigwetch to all of you for the sacrifices you have made.

As we roll out the vaccine it is important to remain careful. It takes time for the vaccine to help your body build the immunities necessary to keep you safe. We must continue to make sacrifices until we are all vaccinated and have had time to build immunities.

The move from yellow to red zone means we should only leave our homes for essential purposes – work, school, grocery shopping, exercise and medical appointments.  A summary of red zone measures can be found at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions#what-each-zone-means.

As you know, Curve Lake has remained in an increased state of closure – our buildings are open by appointment only and the majority of our staff continue to work from home. Because we have continued to take health and safety precautions beyond the provincial recommendations, and because of the specific location of the outbreak that has led to the change in our health zone, we do not need to take any additional action at this time.

Furthermore, we do not anticipate any changes to the vaccine clinic on March 10th. It remains a priority to ensure our community is vaccinated as quickly as possible.

We have also reached out to CLFN businesses by email, via our Economic Development Department late Friday, with specific details about what the change in health zones means.

Please continue to follow all safety measures in place, only have close contact with those with whom you live, and only go out for essential purposes, especially with the number of variant cases in Peterborough.

Please don’t hesitate to contact any Councillor, Katie Young-Haddlesey or myself if you have any questions.

Miigwetch to all for doing their part!

Chief Emily Whetung