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Provincial government working with First Nations to ensure case count stays at zero

Last Updated Apr 3, 2020 at 6:14 am MDT

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — So far, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations in Alberta and the government is working to keep it that way.

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says they have been taking measures to make sure all First Nations are worked with as the province works through this pandemic.

“We have been working with the First Nations Inuit Health Branch since the start of our preparation, so since January, to make sure we were well-coordinated between the Ministry of Health, Alberta Health Services, and the First Nations Inuit Health Branch,” Dr. Hinshaw said.

She says she has taken part in two video conferences with First Nations health directors and leaders to make sure it’s clear one of her priorities is ensuring First Nations communities have access to the resources they need to keep themselves safe.

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“I know that AHS has been working closely within each of the zones to liaise with each of the communities that are in those zones to make sure there is a coordinated approach to helping support personal protective equipment supplies and access to lab testing,” Dr. Hinsahw said. “So that depends on where communities are in the province and different communities can access testing in different ways.”

Dr. Hinshaw adds that the different First Nations are doing incredible work to ensure communities are kept safe, saying they are following all guidelines and protocols to keep everyone healthy.