NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
ATC is working together with our First Nations to protect our citizens and all who we serve by providing relevant and up-to-date information as it becomes available and is confirmed to be accurate from official public health sources. Continue to visit this page for more information about COVID-19 and what you can do to protect yourself.
On this page you will find:
- Downloadable PDFs of Frequently Asked Questions, Information Presentations, Hygiene Guides in poster formats for easy made signs for your home or office.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Emergency Preparedness list
- Links to more information on COVID-19
UPDATE FROM ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES
(March 13, 2020 17:00)
AHS has developed a simple online assessment tool to help you decide whether you need to call 811 to be tested for COVID-19. It'll guide you to answer questions about your symptoms & take you through steps to help determine whether you need testing. http://ahs.ca/covid
The tool will direct you to call 811 if COVID-19 testing is required. It will also provide reassurance to those who don’t require further testing and will reduce call volumes to Health Link at 811 for those whose symptoms are not serious at this time.
ATC COVID-19 Newsletter
ATC is committed to keeping our community informed about important information happening around the COVID-19 outbreak. You can sign up to receive these newsletters via email or check back here to click on the link to the latest newsletter. We also encourage everyone to follow us on Facebook: @AthabascaTribalCouncil.ATC and Twitter: @AthabascaTC to get daily updates for the communities we serve.
04/01/2020 - ATC COVID-19 Update, April 1 | Financial Supports, GOA updates and more.
03/24/2020 - ATC COVID-19 Update, March 24 | What to do if you have symptoms, GOA updates, Mental Health Supports
03/18/2020 - ATC COVID-19 Update, March 18
03/11/2020 - Protecting our communities from COVID-19
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions for Public
ATC is providing this information on our website for easy access for our community members.
The source of this information is issued by the AHS Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC)REVISED March 22, 2020
Please note: every effort is made to keep this FAQ current; however, for the very most current information on the situation in Alberta, please visit www.alberta.ca/covid19.
What is novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses.
- Some coronaviruses cause respiratory illness in people, ranging from common colds to severe pneumonias. Others cause illness in animals only.
- Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people, and more rarely, these can spread from person to person through close contact.
- COVID-19 is a new strains of the virus that had not been previously identified in humans.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- Symptoms for COVID-19 are similar to those for influenza or other respiratory illnesses. The most common symptoms include fever and cough but other symptoms may include:
- sore throat
- runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- shortness of breath
- difficulty breathing
- Most people (about 80%) recover from this disease without needing special treatment.
- However, it can cause serious illness. Those who are older, and those with other medical problems are more likely to develop serious illness.
- There is a risk of death in severe cases.
- Older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others.
How is COVID-19 spread from person-to-person?
- COVID-19 is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing or direct contact with a sick person or with surfaces they have recently touched.
- It is not an airborne illness.
Should I be tested for COVID-19?
Visit www.ahs.ca/covid and complete the online self-assessment tool to determine if you should receive testing for COVID-19
I am not having symptoms, but I’m concerned about COVID-19 and want to talk to someone. Should I call Health Link?
- Please visit the following websites if you have further general questions about what COVID-19 is, how it is spread, or how many cases there are in Alberta and the world at present. You can call Health Link 811 if you have additional questions about what you need to do to protect yourself and your family against getting a COVID-19 infection.
What should I do if I have symptoms and think I have COVID-19?
If you are sick or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19:
- You MUST self-isolate and visit www.ahs.ca/covid and complete the online self-assessment tool to determine if you need testing for COVID-19.
- Please DO NOT visit a hospital, physician’s office, lab or healthcare facility without consulting Health Link (811) first.
- If your symptoms worsen, call 811. We are experiencing heavy call volumes and will get to your call as quickly as we can.
- Call 911 if you are seriously ill and need immediate medical attention. Inform them that you may have COVID-19.
What does self-isolation mean?
- Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. This means all situations where you may come in contact with others, such as social gatherings, work, school, child care, athletic events, university, faith-based gatherings, healthcare facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, shopping malls, and all public gatherings.
- You should, (where possible) not use public transportation including buses, taxis, or ride sharing.
- As much as possible, you should limit contact with people
- You should avoid having visitors to your home, but it is okay for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food on the doorstep.
- You can also use delivery or pick up services for errands such as grocery shopping.
- Avoid sharing household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, pillows, or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water, place in the dishwasher for cleaning, or wash in the washing machine.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water and regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched and shared surfaces such as doorknobs and counters.
- If you need to leave your home for an urgent errand, such as picking up essential medication, as a precaution to reduce risk of spread, you should wear a surgical mask while you are out.
- During this time, it is important that you monitor your health for symptoms like fever or cough
- If you do develop symptoms, you can complete the online assessment tool for additional advice or call Health Link at 811.
How can I protect myself and my family from COVID-19?
- To help protect against all respiratory illnesses, including the flu and COVID-19, you should: o Stay home. Now is the time to stay home and avoid social and other outings that are not essential.
- If you must leave your home, make sure you practice proper social distancing.
- Wash your hands often and well. Refer to hand-washing guidance here: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/healthinfo/ipc/if-hp-ipc-flu-handwash-how-to.pdf
- Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
- When sick, cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hands. Refer to respiratory etiquette guidance here: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/healthinfo/ipc/if-hp-ipc-cover-cough.pdf
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How can we be best prepared for an emergency?
While the risk is still very low in Alberta, It is important to plan ahead and be prepared for any emergency since essential services may be disrupted, stores may be temporarily closed, and hospitals and health care centers may be overwhelmed. Build your own emergency kit that may include supplies of:
Store an emergency food supply of non-perishable food such as:
- high energy foods: granola/protein bars, peanut butter, fruit/nut mixtures;
- ready-to-eat canned goods: meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, pasta, beans, soups, stews, bottled sauces;
- instant soup mixes, instant and dry cereals, crackers;
- beverages such as fruit juices, powdered milk,
tetra-packs of milk or soy beverages;
- canned or jarred baby food and formula
Store a supply of clean bottled water for drinking, first aid, cooking and minor sanitation needs for 72-hour to 10-day supply (1-3 liters/day/person)
Store non-prescription medications such as;
- pain relievers & fever medication (acetaminophen or ibuprofen);
- cough and cold medications;
- anti-diarrhea medication;
- fluids with electrolytes (sports drinks, Pedialyte);
- first-aid kit
Prescriptions or special medications
Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
Store a light source in case of power outages such as:
- flashlights and extra batteries;
- camping lanterns with extra fuel;
Store hunting/harvesting supplies to help with food security such as,
- snare wire and hunting equipment;
- shotgun shells;
- gasoline for equipment;
- ice auger (when safe ice conditions exist);
- fishing rod, lures and net
- sufficient cash and change on hand
- manual can opener
- soap and water or alcohol-based hand wash and baby wipes
- toilet paper, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene supplies
- garbage bags
- warm blankets
- pet supplies (if applicable like food)
- extra clothing
- portable radio with extra batteries
- any important papers that you may need
- contact numbers (phone and address book)
- Store fuel and heat sources and ensure that you have a supply of gasoline, propane and other fuel and heating sources.
- chargers for electronic communication devices