Blood Tribe COVID-19 Response Bulletin – (April 30, 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 today, April 30, 2021, the Blood Reserve’s confirmed active cases were at 25 (11 UK variant). Unfortunately, the Tribe experienced another loss due to the virus – we extend our sincere condolences to their family and friends. 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.
  1. Vaccine Rollout – Upcoming Vaccine Clinics:
    The most recent count of doses administered at Blood Reserve vaccine clinics were at 2,907 (1st) and 1,172 (2nd). The Blood Tribe is steadily working together to reach ‘herd immunity’ which requires a high percentage of our members to be fully vaccinated. Vaccinations will help to get our active cases down and allow our Tribe to begin considering lifting restrictions and eventually go back to allowing community events. If you want to receive the vaccine and have not yet, the Tribe is providing more clinics next week.

    The Blood Tribe Department of Health will provide Moderna Vaccine Clinics on May 4, 5, and 6th from 10 am to 5 pm. These clinics are open to all Blood Tribe members ages 18+ (including those 17 years of age who are turning 18 in 2021). If you need your first or second doses of COVID-19 vaccines, please make sure you attend the clinics. You should bring your Alberta Health Care number, and if you need your second dose, please bring your card showing you received your first dose. WALK INS ARE ALSO WELCOME. Those who need transportation please call Blood Tribe Family and Community Support Services at (403) 737-2888 or (403) 360-9147.

    Reminder to 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.
  1. Enhanced Safety Measures for Blood Reserve:
    Chief and Council extended the Enhanced Safety Measures Order to continue until May 15, 2021. These orders can be reviewed here:
    https://bloodtribe.org/index.php/2021/04/30/public-notice-blood-tribe-covid-19-enhanced-safety-measures-extended-for-another-15-days-by-order-of-chief-and-council-april-30-2021/
      
    • 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 face masks
    • 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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