Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Current Situation

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On December 31, 2019, an outbreak of pneumonia associated with a new coronavirus was reported in China. The outbreak is thought to have begun at a market for live poultry, wild animals and seafood in Wuhan, China. This recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease. The official name of the disease is COVID-19. Cases have been reported in all continents, except for Antarctica, and have been steadily rising in many countries. The date of symptom onset of the first case of COVID-19 in Canada was January 15, 2020. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) assessed COVID-19 as a pandemic. 

Information Bulletins

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Community Member Awareness

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Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Wash your hands often and well.​
Practice Physical Distancing
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

​Wear a non-medical mask in public when it’s difficult to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres.
Stay home if you are feeling ill and get tested.

**Contact your primary health provider or call Health Link (811) if you have questions or concerns about your health. 

COVID-19 Funding

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Public Health Considerations for Community Perimeter Security
To submit reimbursement requests for Q1 or Q2 perimeter security expenses through FNIHB, please contact your Community Liaison Team to receive a copy of the submission guide and templates. Perimeter security costs for Q3/Q4 are to be submitted through the Indigenous Community Support Fund 2 – proposal driven process.

 

General Community Information & Resources

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For current information and resources on novel coronavirus (COVID-19), refer to the following websites, which are being regularly maintained and updated as the situation unfolds.

Alberta HealthCoronavirus info for Albertans

Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy

Alberta Health Servicesnovel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Includes novel coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs for Public

AHSIndigenous Peoples & Communities: COVID-19

211 Alberta -  Resources for COVID-19 in Alberta

Public Health Agency of Canada2019 novel coronavirus: Outbreak update

Indigenous Service Canada - Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Indigenous Communities

ISC COVID-19 Videos (various languages)

Indigenous Services Canada - FNIHB AB Region MOH COVID-19 Radio Updates

World Health Organization -  Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

 COVID-19 Video

Johns Hopkins University Interactive Dashboard – Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases  

Steps Community Members Can Take

To help protect against all respiratory illnesses, including the flu and COVID-19, you should:

Contact your primary health provider or call Health Link (811) if you have questions or concerns about your health.

Community Member Awareness Resources

Pregnancy Child Birth and Caring for Newborns: Advice for Mothers (COVID-19)

Parenting during COVID-19 Fact sheet  

Indigenous Services Canada Community Presentation - Coronavirus COVID-19 Presentation 

Indigenous Services Canada - COVID-19 Guidelines for Funerals or Wakes

Mental Health and Family Violence Resources

Hope for Wellness Help Line:  1-855-242-3310, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Text4Hope (Text here COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe)
Help in Tough Times
Mental Health for Children
Family Violence Resources
​Taking Care of Your Mental Health Poster

Indigenous Services Canada, Alberta Region, Office of the Medical Officer of Health: Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Bulletins

May 7, 2020 Weekly Bulletin

April 30, 2020 Weekly Bulletin

April 23, 2020 Weekly Bulletin

April 16, 2020 Weekly Bulletin

April 9, 2020 Weekly Bulletin

April 3, 2020 Weekly Bulletin

March 26, 2020 Weekly Bulletin

March 20, 2020 Weekly Bulletin

March 13, 2020 Weekly Bulletin

March 5, 2020 Weekly Bulletin

February 28, 2020 Weekly Bulletin

February 20, 2020 Weekly Bulletin

February 14, 2020 Weekly Bulletin 

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Telehealth Sessions

COVID-19 Telehealth Series

January 30, 2020 - Medical Officers of Health Update on Novel Coronavirus

For questions related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and preparedness, email Indigenous Services Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Alberta at sac.cdemergenciesab-urgencesmtab.isc@canada.ca

Immunization Resources

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Health Centre Resources

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ISC - Coronavirus Pandemic Response Nursing Care Resource Manual 
ISC - COVID-19 Screening and Testing Form 
ISC - Pre-Travel Assessment Tool  (Updated Jan 20, 2021) 
ISC - MOH Memo COVID-19 Continuous Masking and Eye Protection
ISC - Healthcare Professional Self Screening for COVID-19 Directive  
FNIHB-NIHB - Medical Transportation and Hygiene During COVID-19 Pandemic  
ISC - COVID-19: Notification and Follow-Up Process for a Confirmed Case  
ISC - Letter to Community Health Nurses Regarding Certifications/Trainings 
ISC - ​COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control PPE for Health Care Workers (PowerPoint) - This powerpoint can be used to review COVID-19, Infection Prevention and Control, and Personal Protection Equipment with health care workers. It can be changed to suit community needs.
ISC - Infection Control Guidelines: Community Health
ISC - COVID-19 Specimen Collection Guideline

Alberta public health disease management guidelines: Coronavirus-COVID-19
AHS - COVID-19 Return to Work Guide for Health Care Workers
AHS - Information for AHS Staff & Health Professionals Includes novel coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs for AHS Staff

PHAC - Contact Tracing Courses
To access these courses please click on Health Emergency Management. The courses provide a general overview of contact tracing and case interviewing for people who may or may not have a background in public health. They are intended to supplement FNIHB -AB region’s contact tracing and case management training. If you have any further questions related to these topics, please contact the Regional CDC Team.

 


Environmental Services Training Guide - This computer-based training tool is for managers or supervisors of Environmental Services to use as a resource when training their staff on cleaning healthcare facilities. In the context of First Nations communities, healthcare facilities include health centers, health clinics, hospitals, nursing stations and treatment centers.

Janitorial Module - This link is the complete manual with all the modules included. You can print the modules individually as you go through the course. 

Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities Presentation

ISC-Recommended Disinfectant Use in Public Facilities During the Pandemic

FNIHB-AB Laundering Guidelines

FNIHB AB Cleaning and disinfection guide for health care facilities (March 2020)

Health Centre Staff Information & Resources

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Commmunicable Disease Emergency Plan Template (March 2020)

Please note: appendices include multiple links to important websites and printable resources

Appendix B - Communications Checklist

Phone Tree Template

Emergency Contact List Template

Appendix C - Surveillance Checklists, Tools, Resources 

Line List for Schools or Child Care Facility

Appendix D - Public Health Measures Checklists, Tools, Resources 

Appendix E - Infection Prevention and Control - Checklists, Tools, Resources

FNIHB AB Cleaning and disinfection guide for health care facilities (March 2020)

FNIHB-AB Medical Client Transport and Hygiene During COVID-19 Pandemic 

Appendix F - Antiviral Medications

Appendix G - Vaccines - Checklists, Tools, Resources

Appendix H - Health Services - Checklists, Tools, Resources

Appendix I - Psychosocial Supports - Checklists, Tools, Resources

Appendix J - Emergency Management - Checklists, Tools, Resources

COVID-19: Notification and Follow-Up Process for a Confirmed Case

FNIHB-AB Letter to Community Health Nurses Regarding Certifications/Trainings

FNIHB-AB Mandatory 14 Day Self-Isolation Prior to Assignment into First Nations Communities

FNIHB-AB Self-Screening for COVID-19 Prior to Assignment into First Nations Communities

FNIHB-AB Self-Screening for COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposure During Assignment in First Nations Communities

​COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control PPE for Health Care Workers (PowerPoint) - This powerpoint can be used to review COVID-19, Infection Prevention and Control, and Personal Protection Equipment with health care workers. It can be changed to suit community needs.

FNIHB-AB Infection Control Guidelines: Community Health

FNIHB-AB COVID-19 Specimen Collection Guideline

Alberta public health disease management guidelines: Coronavirus-COVID-19

AHS COVID-19 Return to Work Guide for Health Care Workers

Information for AHS Staff & Health Professionals  

Includes novel coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs for AHS Staff

Cleaning & Disinfection Resources

Environmental Services Training Guide

This computer-based training tool is for managers or supervisors of Environmental Services to use as a resource when training their staff on cleaning healthcare facilities. In the context of First Nations communities, healthcare facilities include health centers, health clinics, hospitals, nursing stations and treatment centers.

Janitorial Module - This link is the complete manual with all the modules included. You can print the modules individually as you go through the course. 

Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities Presentation

Health Facility Signage

AHS COVID-19 Signage & Posters

AHS Hand Hygiene Resources

AHS How to Hand Wash Sign

AHS How to use Alcohol-based Hand Rub Sign

AHS Cover Your Cough Sign

AHS Contact and Droplet Precautions Sign

AHS Putting on (Donning) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Sign

AHS Taking off (Doffing) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Sign

AHS PPE Checklist Contact & Droplet Precuations Sign

PHAC Know the Facts about Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

PHAC COVID-19 Be Prepared

Help Prevent the Spread Posters

Long Term/Continuing Care Facilities and Elder’s Lodges

Visitation restrictions for continuing care, long term care, and elders’ lodges

Operational and outbreak standards for residential addiction treatment service providers

Operational and outbreak standards for licensed supportive living and long term care

Recognizing Early Symptoms in Elders

Shelters

Guidance for Shelters

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