This morning the Blood Tribe Emergency Management Team received confirmation from the Blood Tribe Department of Health of one (1) case of COVID-19 at the Kainai Continuing Care Centre. Immediate action was taken to restrict access to the long-term care facility to protect all residents. KCC staff members began work to enhance already strict safety measures at the facility. All families affected by this development have been notified. BTDH and KCC are working very closely together on an active public health investigation, inclusive of case management and contact tracing.
An outbreak in long term care facilities is declared when the site has one (1) confirmed case in staff members or residents. This can be upsetting, BTDH and Emergency Management wants to remind our community that at the beginning of the pandemic health officials acted quickly to secure the KCC location by placing tight restrictions on visitors. In recognizing that our elders find it very difficult to live in total isolation, safety measures were undertaken to allow limited visitation of families to see their loved ones. The facility is currently closed to visitors again which is difficult for them and their families, so we ask for your patience and understanding as our Blood Tribe Community Health Team investigates.
Officials from Blood Tribe Department of Health, Indigenous Services Canada – First Nations and Inuit Health Branch and the Blood Tribe Emergency Management will continue to take all the necessary steps to contain the virus on the Blood Reserve. We will provide important updates to the community as they are received.
BLOOD TRIBE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
KAINAI CONTINUING CARE
BLOOD TRIBE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Director, Communications and Community Engagement