Monday, April 06, 2020

Current Situation


On Decmber 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. The United States is now reporting the highest number of cases, followed by Italy, Spain, China, and Germany. 

General Community Information & Resources


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 Health Servicesnovel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Includes novel coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs for Public

Public Health Agency of Canada2019 novel coronavirus: Outbreak update

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

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:

  • Wash your hands often and well.
  • 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.

Community Member Awareness Resources

COVID-19 Online Self Assessment Tool

Help Prevent the Spread Posters

Help Prevent the Spread video

Handwashing Poster

Handwashing Video

Self Isolation Information Sheet

Social Distancing Fact Sheet

Social Distancing Video

Social Distancing Poster

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

Guidance for Shelters

Vulnerable Populations and COVID-19

People Who are High Risk of Severe Illness

Indigenous Services Canada Community Presentation - Coronavirus COVID-19 Presentation 

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

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

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

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

For questions related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and preparedness, email Indigenous Services Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Alberta at

Health Centre Staff Information & Resources


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)

Medical Transportation During COVID-19 

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


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

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 Care Facility Cleaning and Disinfection Guide

Medical Transportation Cleaning and Disinfection Guide

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

Long Term/Continuing Care Facilities and Elder’s Lodges

Guidance on visitation restrictions for continuing care, long term care, and elders’ lodges

Operational Standards for Supportive Living, Long-Term Care and Residential Addiction Treatment Centres

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