Health conditions can change quickly for those with COVID-19. The ATC Covid Clinic located in the parking lot of the Oil Sands Discovery Center in Fort McMurray is accepting clients who have COVID-19, or have symptoms of COVID-19 and are awaiting test results, and have been released from Northern Lights Hospital, but may still need additional medical supports or monitoring to ensure that if their condition worsens, they have access to urgent medical care and are referred back to the hospital. If the person’s health condition continues to improve the clinic can assess if they are stable enough for self-isolation at home or care at the ATC Isolation Care Center.
The ATC Covid Clinic has 24-hour-a-day medical staff and medical equipment, including oxygen and IV fluid support, to assist Indigenous Community Members with their recovery.
The ATC Covid Clinic is located in the Oil Sands Discovery Center parking lot, 515 Mackenzie Blvd, Fort McMurray
Entrance: is on the south side of Mackenzie Blvd., between Hwy. 63 and Gregoire Dr.
Exit: is onto Macalpine Crescent, between Mackenzie Blvd and Mackenzie King Rd.
Accessing the ATC Covid Clinic
- You must be an ATC First Nations member or Métis member, or a person living in the same household as a member, residing within the RMWB.
- You must have COVID-19 or symptoms and are awaiting test results, and have been released or discharged from the Northern Lights Hospital within the previous 24-hours.
- Call your community contact listed below to get a referral to the ATC Covid Clinic. If your contact is unavailable or it is after hours you can call 587-645-9720.
COMMUNITY COVID SUPPORT CONTACTS FOR REFERRAL
TO THE ATC COVID CLINIC
Available between 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.
If the contact is unavailable, or it is after hours, call 587-645-9720.
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
Maggie Farrington, ACFN CEO
Chipewyan Prairie First Nation
Najwa Karamujic, CPDFN Covid 19 Support,
Fort McKay First Nation
Denise Wilkinson, FMFN Health Director,
Fort McMurray 468 First Nation
Megan Plews, Health Director,
Cindy Miller, Band Manager,
Mikisew Cree First Nation
Fort Chipewyan Métis Local #125
Fort McKay Métis Nation
Julie Stewart, Community Safety and Emergency Manager,
McMurray Métis Local #1935
Bev Milne, Office Manager,
Katalin Loutitt, Administrative Assistant,
Willow Lake Métis
Erica Cree, Community Engagement Coordinator,
Chard Métis Local
Pamela Herman, General Manager of Chard Metis
Verna Quintal-Janvier, Finance Officer for CRDAC
Valerie Quintal, Board of directors for CRDAC
What to expect at the ATC Covid Clinic
- Your community contact will assess your situation and start the referral process for you to attend the ATC Covid Clinic. Transportation can be provided, if needed, to the ATC Covid Clinic.
- The ATC Covid Clinic medical professionals will prepare to receive you at the clinic.
- On arrival at the ATC Covid Clinic, you will be met by medical professionals and provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). A medical staff member will do an intake assessment of your health condition and symptoms.
- You will be provided with a room, and the medical staff will monitor your condition continually during your stay.
- No visitors will be permitted, but please bring your own cell phone with you to stay in contact with family or friends or other supports.
- You will be asked to stay in your designated room to maintain the health and safety of staff and other patients. Short walks outside may be allowed but will need to be discussed with clinic staff prior to leaving your designated area.
- Procedures for using PPE, cleaning, changing of linens, and interactions with medical staff will be provided and must be followed.
- Your stay at the ATC Covid Clinic will be approximately 6-10 hours to ensure your health condition reminds stable enough for other isolation options.
- If your condition worsens, the medical staff will work with Alberta Health Services (AHS), Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Northern Lights Hospital to have you assessed and admitted for urgent medical care. The ATC Covid Clinic medical staff are trained and prepared to provide emergency medical treatment if needed.
- If your health condition continues to be stable and you can safely self-isolation at home, the ATC Covid Clinic will release you with a wellness-check phone plan, to ensure your continued safety and recovery while isolating at home.
- If your health condition continues to be stable but you are unable to safely self-isolate at home, the ATC Covid Clinic will refer you to the ATC Isolation Care Center for continued monitoring and isolation supports.
Your health and wellbeing are our top priorities! ATC is committed to supporting our community members through this difficult time to ensure healing and recovery and that all necessary medical resources are available to our community members.