Monday, April 19, 2021

Current Situation


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


Community Member Awareness

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


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.


COVID-19 Vaccine


Health Centre Resources


ISC - Coronavirus Pandemic Response Nursing Care Resource Manual 
ISC - COVID-19 Screening and Testing Form 
ISC - Pre-Travel Assessment Tool  (Updated March 10, 2021) 
ISC - Directive HCP with COVID-19 Symptoms
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)

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