Siksika Nation’s Dr. Latisha Hewton-Backfat is a Family Practitioner at the Siksika Health & Wellness Centre. Today, she shares about the importance of COVID-19 testing for people with symptoms.

If you live and/or work in Siksika and are sick with symptoms of runny nose, sore throat, fever, cough or shortness of breath, stay home and call the COVID19 Response Unit (“CRU”) at 403-734-3829, which is available 7 days a week. The CRU offers testing in your home and by drive-thru; it is best to call in advance to arrange testing. If you need to see a doctor, you can also call the medical clinic at 403-734-5690 during business hours.

The test for COVID-19 is now a throat swab, which is quick and not painful, or a nose swab for people who are unable to have a throat swab. Timely testing of people with symptoms will help our Siksika medical team identify when COVID-19 reaches Siksika, and limit the spread in the community.

Thank you, Siksika