I hope you are all well during this serious cold and flu season. As I’m sure most of you are aware the coronavirus (COVID – 19) has caused an increased awareness and threat throughout the world. The Seneca Nation is currently monitoring the situation as it unfolds in the National media, CDC (Centers for Disease Control), and our local County and State Public Health neighbors on the preventative precautions to be taken.
To date, no confirmed cases of COVID19 have been documented in Western NY. Since many symptoms are similar to the flu such as fever, coughing and shortness of breath, some may go unconfirmed. For this reason it’s important to take precautions and take preventive measures. Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds often during the day. Alcohol based hand sanitizers are effective, but must contain at least 60% alcohol. Please stay home if sick, including keeping sick children from school and daycare settings to avoid the spread to others.
For more information please see the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov. The Seneca Nation is taking measures to inform the communities of status within the health center and for additional information as it develops. A conference call with officials from the White House, US Department of Health & Human Services, and the USDOI about COVID-19 was held early this month. Communication and outreach are key priorities to effectively stay apprised of any new developments. Official statements from the Nation will be ongoing.
On a brighter note, the FY 2021 budget kickoff meeting will be scheduled in late March. This is time for reassessing department goals/objectives and assessing progress. The Nation strives to consolidate, collaborate and prioritize for cost savings without jeopardizing services to the community.
As mentioned last month the bus wrapping design contest criteria is ready. The Area Office of the Aging (AOA) is calling all artists to present design ideas which must incorporate elders, the Nation emblem and without drawing attention specifically to the elders. Submissions to Deanna Luke, at AOA, by April 24, 2020.
Stay healthy, limit travel when necessary, and please feel free to contact my office with questions or concerns.