Blood Tribe COVID-19 Response Bulletin – (April 23, 2021)

Oki, 

We ask you to share this information with your family and others who do not have access to our online resources. 

  • Chief and Council are updated by the DEM and BTDH at regular meetings
  • Blood Tribe Emergency Management meets every Wednesday
  • *Blood Tribe Department of Health holds daily briefings*

RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

1.  COVID-19 is still present on the Blood Reserve:

As of Friday, April 23, 2021, the Blood Reserve’s confirmed active cases were at 21 (10 UK variant). Blood Tribe Community Health posts an updated tracker for the community, which can be accessed on their website: https://btdh.ca/covid19/. The tracker is also posted on Facebook pages – BTDH Community Health and Blood Tribe Communications.

2.  BTDH makes changes to COVID-19 Tracker:

BTDH has changed their reporting system to better reflect what is being used by FNIHB and AHS. They are now combining the Isolation Ended Cases with the Active Cases. Isolation End Date is 10 days after onset of symptoms or swab date. Total Recovery is 15 days after the swab date or 10 days after discharge from hospital.

The active UK Variant cases thus increased because many of our UK Variant cases had not reached the recovery date but had surpassed the isolation end date. All in all, our numbers will remain “Active” a bit longer.

3.  BTDH Vaccine Rollout Update:

A Weekend Vaccine Clinic is open for all Blood Tribe members ages 18+ on Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 11 am to 3 pm, at the Moses Lake Gymnasium – WALK INS ARE WELCOME. Those who need transportation please call Blood Tribe Family and Community Support Services at (403) 737-2888 or (403) 360-9147.

To schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from BTDH’s Vaccine Clinics, you can visit www.btdh.ca and click on the green button titled: “COVID-19 Vaccine Registration”. If you have any problems, or questions please call (403) 737-3933.

As of Friday, April 23, 2021 – 2,723 first doses, and 1017 second doses, were administered on reserve. Any Blood Tribe member who received their vaccine off-reserve are encouraged to report online on the Blood Tribe Vaccine Survey: https://forms.office.com/r/z0WqX6Qscu.

This will help our health professionals get an accurate number of how many of our members have received the vaccine.

Thank you all for registering and making commitments to receive the vaccine as you are all contributing to the safety of our community. Please remember to continue to follow all public safety measures (physical distancing, washing hands, wearing masks) after you receive your vaccine – for your first and second dose.

4.  COVID-19 Second Vaccine Dose Reminder: (Information provided by Alberta Government)

After receiving your first dose, you’re eligible for your second dose of the:

•           Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as close to 3-4 weeks as possible, based on available supply, and no later than 4 months

•           AstraZeneca vaccine as close to 12 weeks as possible, based on available Contact your pharmacy or AHS closer to your eligibility date to book your next appointment. Do not try booking in advance.

Results show the first dose is at least 80% effective in preventing severe illness. The second dose ensures you’re protected for as long as possible.

5.  Enhanced Safety Measures for Blood Reserve:

Chief and Council extended the Enhanced Safety Measures Order to continue until April 30, 2021. These orders can be reviewed here:

https://bloodtribe.org/index.php/2021/02/16/public-notice-blood-tribe-covid-19-enhancesafety-measures-extended-for-another-30-days-by-order-of-chief-and-council-february15-2021/.

  • Those under quarantine orders must follow or face penalties

 Curfew of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

  • Restricted travel to essential purposes only
    • No social gatherings (public or private) – meetings are restricted to a max. of 10

   No wakes are allowed at residences.

  • All Blood Reserve residents are to remain with their own family cohort
    • Masks are mandatory
    • Physical distancing is required in public places (unless with family cohort)

Continue to Practice Prevention Against COVID-19 by following these guidelines:

  • Wear facemasks
    • Wash your hands often and well
    • Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
    • Stay at home as much as possible, and practice social (physical) when you do leave home: keep at least 6 feet from others when going out for groceries, medical trips and other essential needs
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
    • Stay away from others if you are feeling ill
    • When sick, cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hands
    • For COVID-19 Testing questions, please contact your primary health provider or

Blood Tribe COVID-19 Hotline at (403) 737-8411 or Alberta Health Link at 811

  • All those interested in sewing homemade masks, please check this website

(Mask Makers YYC): https://www.maskmakersyyc.com/

For continued updates please check: 

Blood Tribe Communications and Community Engagement – bloodtribe.org, Facebook ‘Blood Tribe Communications – Tsinikssini’, Blood Tribe Communications Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Stay Safe,

BLOOD TRIBE COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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