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Kehewin confirms first COVID-19 case

Kehewin Cree Nation confirms their first COVID-19 case
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KEHEWIN – Kehewin Cree Nation confirmed its the first case of COVID-19.

In a statement posted to their social media later in the day on Sept. 18, Chief Vernon Watchmaker encouraged everyone to remain calm and to support one another during this time.

“Our health centre staff has been preparing for this,” he stressed. “We’re currently taking steps to inform, isolate, and do contact tracing while respecting the patient’s privacy.”

Residents can get testing this weekend, Sept. 19 and 20, at the health centre from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. As of Sept. 21, drive-through testing will be available.

All buildings are closed to the public until further notice. Services will still be accessible through the phone, via email, and by appointments where absolutely necessary.

Any members who have questions or COVID-19 concerns were encouraged to call 1-833-KEHEWIN.

“The lines will be operating 24 hours a day,” Watchmaker said.

Peacekeepers and Kehewin’s check stop safety personnel will continue to operate 24 hours a day.

Updates will be released by the Kehewin communications department.

Robynne Henry, Bonnyville Nouvelle