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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.
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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.”