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COVID-19 Update for PTFN

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COVID-19 Update

Good Evening Members,

It has been brought to the First Nation’s attention that new public health measures are now in effect for the Municipality of Opportunity http://alberta.ca/COVIDmeasures.  These new measures include the communities of Peerless and Trout. We have also been advised that there may have been direct contact of a COVID-19 positive case in a neighbouring KTC Nation.

The cases in Alberta today total 1105 which is a record-breaking number for one day. The cities of Edmonton and Calgary have the highest numbers and hospital admissions are continuing to rise daily.

The First Nation would like not to impose further restrictions in the community, but we are asking that you do follow the recommendations and current limitations. If the cases keep rising the Nation may have to impose stricter restrictions, like those in the spring. Please take this time to reflect on what is important to you as a community member and how can you do your part to keep COVID-19 out of the First Nation.  This has been a very long road and it has been hard on all of us but as a community we have worked together and have done an excellent job of keeping the virus out of PTFN. We must continue to do the right thing to protect our families and our loved ones and especially those who are vulnerable like our elders and those with underlying health conditions.

Currently, we ask that you consider the following:

  • Only leave the community for emergency/medical purposes
  • Stay home and isolate if you are feeling sick or have a cough, fever, sore throat, or runny nose. This will include any school aged children who may have symptoms
  • If someone in your house is experiencing symptoms isolate them in their own room until a test can be completed at the PTFN health centre. Please call the Health Centre to schedule a test.
  • Avoid travel to areas that higher rates of infections such as Edmonton, Calgary, and Grande Prairie and all communities on the Enhanced watch list
  • Continue to use the checkpoint when leaving and entering the community
  • Asking friends and families members that do not reside in our community to refrain from visiting
  • Avoid social gatherings in the community or having people over to visit
  • Wash hands often and avoid touching your face

All information can be seen on the Alberta Health Services website www.alberta.ca

We know the holidays season is coming up and we urge you to avoid going into high traffic areas to shop and have meals in public places.

These recommended restrictions will help us to minimise the risk of COVID-19 entering our community. Remember it is not the virus that moves but the people who move the virus.

Jason Wigton

Emergency Manager and Band Manager. PTFN

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