Blood Tribe uses lessons from the opioid crisis to fight COVID-19

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Coun. Lance Tailfeathers of the Blood Tribe says lessons learned from the opioid epidemic are helping the community respond to an epidemic of COVID-19 that has so far infected 15 people.

The Blood Tribe, also known as the Kainai Nation, is the largest First Nation in Canada with more than 14,000 members. He declared a local emergency on March 16 for safety reasons and recorded his first case of coronavirus in late April.

Fifteen cases are now confirmed in the blood supply, according to Blood Tribe Emergency Management. Ten remain active and five are recovered. These are the results of 706 COVID-19 tests, which means that about 2% returned positive.

“Unfortunately, the lesson learned was in 2015 when we had the opioid crisis. There have been two weeks with 20 dead, “said Tailfeathers. “We have formed a core group, so a lot of players from different departments like health and family support had experienced this before, so we came together.”

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