November 29th, 2020

First Blood Tribe school case of COVID-19 at Tatsikiisaapo’p Middle School; new case at Chinook


By Herald on October 30, 2020.

Lethbridge Herald

Kainai Board of Education has received confirmation of one case of COVID-19 at Tatsikiisaapo’p Middle School from the Blood Tribe Emergency Management Team, in what the Blood Tribe is reporting as their first school case.

Blood Tribe officials from KBE, Blood Tribe Department of Health, Indigenous Services Canada – First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, and Blood Tribe Emergency Management are taking all the necessary steps to contain the virus and support the individual during this time. A rtelasesa says that the school was already scheduled to be closed today.

Blood Tribe officials continue to monitor the situation and says important updates will be provided to the community as they are received.

Meanwhile, the Lethbridge School Division is noting that Chinook High School has recently been notified by Alberta Health Services that they have identified one case of COVID-19 at the school.

AHS Public Health is responsible for contact tracing and the school is to work closely together to ensure timely and accurate contact tracing. Close contacts will be notified via email and instructed to quarantine for at least 14 days.

Public Health also has provided recommendations to the school about cleaning measures and other control measures to reduce the risk of further transmission.

The division states that if a parent or guardian is not contacted, then their child is not a close contact and can attend school as usual following all public health guidance.

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