COVID-19 Weekend Message – (October 9, 2020)

With Alberta having its largest number of infections of COVID-19, for a 24 hour time period this week, the Blood Tribe Emergency Management Team highly encourages all members to do their best to keep themselves and their loved ones safe as we head into the Thanksgiving weekend.

The Blood Tribe Emergency Management Team would like to see all Tribal members continue to follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines:
• Physical Distancing of 2 meters (six feet)
• Wearing face masks when out in public or when physical distancing can’t be maintained
• Washing your hands often with warm water and soap for 20 seconds
• Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
• Coughing and sneezing into your arm
• Cleaning and disinfecting areas that are frequently touched (home and office)
• Trying not to touch your face, nose or mouth
• Avoiding non-essential travel and gatherings
• Avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick
• Limiting your passengers to only your household members
• Staying home

At the same time, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw recommends that all Albertans stay within their regular cohort of people or “bubbles”.

https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-relaunch-guidance-cohorts.pdf

Due to the outbreaks happening once again throughout the province and south of the border, Blood Tribe Emergency Management also strongly recommends that all Tribal members limit their travel to the south zone for essential reasons only (Granum – south). They also want to remind everyone to follow the Local State of Emergency safety measure set in place for the Reserve and to avoid engaging with large gatherings of people outside your regular cohort.

State of Emergency Measures:

• Curfew – 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. (NEW)

• Travel Restrictions – *Non-Tribe members no stops/*Tribe members essential travel only

• No public gatherings of more than 15 people indoors and 50 people outdoors

Tribal members, please remember that if you have travel outside the country, you are still required by Federal Law to quarantine yourself for 14 days upon your return. Also, please make sure to contact Blood Tribe Community Health to notify them that you have returned to the country and that you are quarantining, so they can be prepared to do contact tracing if you are infected with COVID-19.

If you or any of your loved ones are feeling ill or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please make sure to self isolate while also setting up an appointment to get yourself or them tested.

If you live on the Reserve, you can set up an appointment for testing by calling Community Health at 403-737-8411. If you live off-reserve, you can call 811.

We must remember our elders and children depend on us to keep them safe, so let’s work together and continue to be vigilant with our efforts, so we can maintain low active case numbers for COVID-19, just like we have done for the past nine weeks!

Stay Safe,
Blood Tribe Communications & Community Engagement

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