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First COVID-19 case reported on Blood Tribe

Chief Roy Fox

The first case of COVID-19 has been identified on the Blood Reserve.
Chief Roy Fox made the announcement Wednesday afternoon during a news conference.
“Of course our health officials, our professionals, are working quickly to notify those who have come in contact with this person,” Fox said. “We offer our prayers for them, and their family.”
“We also ask all Blood Tribe residents and members whoa re thinking of returning to the reserve to stay home, or where you are at.”
Fox said the news came in at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.
Fox said it is important for Blood Tribe members to follow the public health orders on isolation and social distancing.
“We continue those practices,” Fox said. “If we do that we will hopefully stem the spread of this very dangerous virus.”
Blood Tribe director of emergency management Rick Soup said the First Nation has monitored the COVID-19 pandemic closely.
“We ask the community remain calm,” Soup said, echoing Fox’s comments that people observe physical distancing when in public.
People were also urged to wash their hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, cough or sneeze into their arm, avoid touching face with unwashed hands, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
“We also request you to remember your compassion, respect and concern for the way of Kainai, to support those who may be going through this difficult time.”
The Blood Tribe has on-reserve social housing available, and is planning for more.
Elders who do not have COVID-19 symptoms can go to the Kainai Healing Lodge. Call 403-737-37-3757.
Singles or couples with no children can go to White Calf Hall starting on Thursday, April 30. Call 403-737-3868.
“We are arranging for a shelter for single families,” Soup added.
Soup asked Blood Tribe members not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
Any Blood Tribe member experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is to call 403-7378411 immediately.
“Please stay home, stay safe and stay healthy,” Fox said.
Dr. Esther Tailfeathers also urged people to remember the Kainai value to respect and care for each other.
“That is what is going to get us through this COVID crisis is the caring that we have for each other,” Dr. Tailfeathers said.
Dr. Tailfeathers said extensive work has been done to protect Blood Tribe members.

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