Piikani COVID response team over joyed with communities help to prevent the virus.

By Tawnya Plain Eagle

Piikani COVID-19 response team is overjoyed with Piikani’s commitment to keep the community free of the coronavirus.

On July 10, the Piikani Nation testing centre had confirmed its first positive case. 

According to the COVID-19 response team lead, TC Wells, Aakom-Kiyii Health Services was pleased with how quickly the community acted to prevent any potential spread.

“Within four days we had three drive thru [testing stations] and we saw 600 nation members come through and get tested,” Wells said.

“That truly shows how the community cares and we care about each other.”

Although testing was slow at the beginning of the pandemic, since they identified Piikani Nations first COVID-19 case, the testing centre has seen a steady rate of community members, living on and off the nation requesting tests. 

“An elder recently told me, it was very sad and unfortunate that a Piikani Nation member acquired the virus. However, that single event, has “’woken the Nation up,’” Wells added. 

To date the Aakom-Kiyii Health Service COVID-19 Response Team has now administered 1856 Total tests.

COVID-19 activity is currently surrounding the Nation, with cases not only in Pincher Creek, but in the county of Willow Creek and Fort Macleod.

“Now that it finally reached our corner of the province, it is a stark reminder that no one is invincible to this virus,” Wells said. 

COVID-19 response team has every intention to reach out to all nation members to update them on the importance of the universal safety precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Since the beginning of the Pandemic, Aakom-Kiyii Health Services has gone door-to-door with masks and information packages regarding COVID-19.

Aakom-Kiyii Health Services Facebook page frequently updates the most current information regarding COVID-19. 

“Hopefully this does not happen again, but it’s going to take all of coming together with the same goal in mind,” Wells said. 

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