The COVID-19 risk scale on Siksika Nation has been raised to RED – HIGH RISK level, effective January 14, 2022. Siksika’s COVID-19 Risk Level advisory is based on current local Siksika Nation context, and is subject to change.

Current COVID-19 Protective Measures on Siksika Nation

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Last updated Jan. 13, 2022

General

  • Siksika Nation members are encouraged to stay home.

It remains important at this time to continue following public health measures, which are proven to help protect both ourselves, and others, from spread of COVID-19 infection:

  • Stay home when sick until your symptoms go away, and arrange a PCR test via the CRU
  • Continue wearing a mask when indoors outside of your home
  • Keep 2 metres distance from people not in your household/cohort
  • Regularly wash/sanitize your hands
  • Clean/disinfect commonly touched surfaces often

Gatherings

  • Community members should refrain from both informal and formal gatherings.
  • Non-essential gatherings are not encouraged at this time.
  • Essential gatherings will be considered on a case-by-case basis, provided that applicable public health measures can be ensured. Please contact Siksika Health Services for guidance on essential gatherings.
  • Funerals/wakes – 10 people maximum.
  • Cultural/spiritual gatherings advised to be temporarily suspended.

Testing

  • People who are experiencing illness symptoms
  • People who have tested positive with a home COVID-19 rapid test
  • Close contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19

Isolation

New provincial COVID protocols on isolation were announced Jan. 1, 2022, reducing mandatory isolation to 5 days for fully vaccinated individuals for people who are symptomatic and/or test positive for COVID-19.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic response, Siksika Nation has continuously provided higher level of service, and maintained more stringent protocols than Alberta because we have a higher risk of severe consequences in Siksika due to living circumstances, overcrowding, and the high prevalence of chronic conditions. Given this, at this time Siksika Health Services advises that:

  • People who test positive for COVID-19:
    • If fully vaccinated – required to isolate for 5 days or until their symptoms have fully resolved, whichever is longer. Avoid large gatherings, elderly or high-risk individuals, and highly recommended to stay home from work for 10 days.
    • If unvaccinated or partially vaccinated – required to isolate for 10 days or until their symptoms have fully resolved, whichever is longer.
  • Close contacts of people who test positive for COVID-19: 
    • If fully vaccinated – Highly recommended to isolate at home for 5 days from last contact with the positive case, and to monitor for cold or flu symptoms for 14 days.
    • If unvaccinated or partially vaccinated – Strongly recommended to isolate at home for 14 days following exposure to positive case.
  • People with cold or flu symptoms:
    • Required to isolate and are advised to get tested for COVID-19. If test is negative, isolate until symptoms resolve. If no test is done, or test is positive, requirements are the same for those who test positive.

Masks

  • Masking and 2 metres physical distancing in all indoor public spaces, workplaces, and places of worship.
  • While alone at private workstations, employees are not required to wear masks. If office spaces are shared, masking is essential with a medical grade mask.

Congregate Care Facilities

  • Siksika Elder’s Lodge – temporary suspension of visitors.

Workplaces

  • All non-essential businesses, workplaces, and services advised to close temporarily.
  • Staff are encouraged to meet virtually to ensure necessary business continuity.
  • For essential businesses, workplaces, and services, protective barriers (i.e. plexiglass) are recommended whenever possible between people, while still ensuring sufficient air flow.

Schools

  • Schools advised to be temporarily closed.

Sports & Activities

  • Sports leagues advised to close temporarily.
  • Non-essential activities are not encouraged at this time.
  • Essential activities will be considered on a case-by-case basis, provided that public health measures can be ensured. Please contact Siksika Health Services for guidance on essential activities.

Show Kindness and Compassion

Many Siksikawa are currently impacted by COVID-19, whether personally ourselves, or friends/family. We may hear, or want to ask questions like “Where were you?” and “Who were you with?”, and while it can be helpful to know this information to help understand and prevent spread of the virus, let’s iikakimaat (try hard) not to judge people based on this.

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is highly infectious; public health measures like wearing masks, physical distancing, hand washing are effective tools, but even those who are very cautious may become ill. Let’s continue to show compassion to ourselves and others.

At this time, factors that are being closely monitored by Siksika’s Public Health Team include:

COVID-19 cases on Siksika Nation – There are presently consistent new cases with unknown sources, and/or overwhelming amount of COVID-19 activity managed by Siksika Health Services’ Public Health team.

COVID-19 cases across Alberta – as COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates surge across Alberta, it is important for Siksika Nation to seriously consider our surrounding context as we are impacted by interactions with community from surrounding areas.

Protection of the Siksika Health Care system – it is necessary to protect the health care system, that will give some time to monitor and take measures to address uncontrolled transmission.