|(April 22, 2020, Fort McMurray, AB) – Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC) has set up an urban isolation facility for the five First Nation communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The health and wellbeing of our communities is a top priority at ATC.” said Karla Buffalo, CEO of the Athabasca Tribal Council. “Each community is working to support their members, whether at home, or in additional facilities during the pandemic. This urban isolation facility is an extra measure to help serve the regional communities.”
The isolation facility, managed by ATC, has 26 units and is equipped with medical staff, security, and meal support.
“This urban isolation facility was initiated as a result of leadership to add additional support for our communities,” said ATC Board of Director President, Chief Allan Adam. “Each community has their own Emergency Response Plan (ERP), and intends to continue to support members on reserve, however this is an additional resource available if needed.”
Each First Nation will need to complete a referral form on behalf of community members who may require isolation due to COVID-19 to determine if they are approved to be moved to the facility. The First Nation communities will work together with the ATC Health Department to process intakes.
ATC encourages all members to continue to stay safe by practicing physical distancing and by staying home, as well as staying connected virtually with family members, loved ones, and friends.