An announcement by the chief and council of Sweetgrass First Nation, confirming two cases of COVID-19 among its members, is urging other members to be tested.
On July 27, a notice stated there were cases of COVIC-19 in the rural municipalities surrounding Sweetgrass First Nation, as well as two positive cases on Sweetgrass, urged members to stay at home as much as possible and keep a list of anyone they come in contact with and get tested.
“We want to assure you that we have already put together a large team of people and organizations to ensure we get through this together, as other nations have,” said the announcement.
Testing is available at the community’s clinic, said the notice, giving the phone number 306-937-2115 (press 5). There is also an option of being tested at home.
“We are encouraging everyone to get tested whether you have symptoms or not,” said the notice.
All public offices, community buildings and outdoor spaces are closed to the public until further notice, including powwow grounds and playgrounds. The store is to remain open, but masks are required.
Personal protective equipment is available at the band office upon request.
The notice encouraged members to: limit contact with people at a higher risk; practice social distancing whenever possible, even within the home; wash hands frequently and use santizer when outside the house; clean and disinfect shared surfaces and; avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
“It is now more important than ever to stay vigilant,” said the notice. “Our main goal is to keep everyone safe.”