After a few weeks of zero positive COVID cases in our community, we now have 6 cases. The need to increase our vaccination rate is more important than ever as there are reported cases of the Delta variant in Morley. Delta spreads easily between people and may lead to more serious outcomes than other versions of COVID-19. In order to protect ourselves and our community, we need to be fully vaccinated.
Vaccines gives us a high level of protection from serious illness and death from COVID-19 variants, including Delta. The more people are vaccinated, the less opportunity the virus has to spread and develop new variants.
Our vaccination rate in Morley is very low in comparison to Alberta and Canada. Currently, nation members with ONE DOSE of vaccine is currently 63.9% and the goal is have at least 80% vaccinated with at least one dose. Only 17.5% of nation members between the ages of 12 and 17 have one dose. 46.4% of adults 18 years and older have one dose.
Nation members with TWO DOSES of vaccine is currently 46.6% and the goal is have at least 80% vaccinated. Only 10.6% of nation members between the ages of 12 and 17 have one dose. 36% of adults 18 years and older have one dose.
Encourage family members to get fully vaccinated.
Vaccination Squad Schedule
The Stoney Health Vax Squad is popping up around the community all summer long, offering walk-in vaccinations at the Health Centre, and stopping by your home to do vaccinations by appointment.
Our vaccination squad offers weekly Walk-in Vaccination Clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Stoney Health Centre from 11 am – 4 pm. No appointment required.
Get your 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose (available to people with immunocompromised conditions) so we can all get back to normal together.
If you prefer to get your vaccination at home, our Vaccination Squad will drop by your home and offer COVID vaccinations to all eligible family members. Appointments are required. Call 403-881-3920.
1st, 2nd or 3rd dose vaccinations are available to all Nation members 12+. Fully vaccinated? Drop by for your Proof of Vaccination Card.
March 8, 2021
Dear Stoney Community Members,
This notice is to advise community members that if you’ve attended any gatherings in the past 10 days you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Indigenous Services Canada, Alberta Region (ISC-AB) is working closely with Stoney Health Services to ensure contact tracing can continue and testing is available to all of those at risk.
If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath, nasal symptoms, loss of smell or taste, or are feeling unwell or unusually tired, please visit the Stoney Car Wash between 11:00am and 3:30pm, Monday through to Friday, to get tested. For a complete list of COVID-19 symptoms please visit www.albertahealthservices.ca/covid-19 or call Health Link at 811. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 you MUST get tested and self-isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms, and until your symptoms are resolved (whichever is longer). Under no circumstances should you leave your property during self-isolation.
In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 we ask that all members please:
- 1. Cooperate with the health professionals conducting case management and contact tracing efforts to ensure timely and effective communicable disease control measures;
- 2. Immediately self-isolate and contact the health centre if you have any symptoms of COVID-19;
- 3. Wear a mask and practice good hand hygiene; and
- 4. Continue to avoid non-essential travel, limit contacts to your immediate household and do not attend any gatherings (indoor or outdoor).
We understand that this is a difficult time but continued adherence to all public health guidelines is important in limiting the spread of COVID-19. Full information on all current public health measures can be found on the Alberta Health website here: https://www.alberta.ca/enhancedpublic- health-measures.aspx.
The health and safety of Morley community members remains our top priority. We remain committed to working with leadership during this very difficult time.
Dr. Wadieh Yacoub, Senior Medical Officer of Health, ISC-AB
COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing Schedule in February
- Drive-thru testing site will be open for the next two Saturdays from 12-3pm. ( Feb. 6, Feb. 13)
- Results will be followed up by Stoney Health Services staff on the next business day, Monday the 8th and Tuesday the 16th.
- Reminder to isolate as directed after testing and/OR after receiving text from AHS of positive results.
- Drive-thru testing will be open Monday-Friday from 11:00-3:30 pm until further notice.
COVID Drive-thru Testing Weekdays
Testing Monday thru Friday, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm until further notice at the Centax Gas Station.
COVID Drive-thru Testing Weekends
Testing available Saturdays (Feb. 6 & 13) from 12 - 3:00 p.m. at the Centex Gas Station.
Thank you to Canmore FRN & Community
COVID-19 Vaccines are rolling out to the Stoney Nakoda community
January 13, 2021 – Small batches of COVID-19 vaccines have started arriving for the Stoney Nakoda community. These vaccines will be distributed in a phased distribution schedule (detailed below) as determined by Alberta Health Services.
Stoney Tribal Council Chiefs and administration have been in dialogue with provincial health officials to discuss the rollout and secure vaccines for the community.
- Health-care workers in intensive care units
- Staff in long-term care and designated supportive living facilities
- Home care workers
- Health-care workers in emergency departments
- All residents of long-term care and designated supportive living, regardless of age
- Health-care workers in COVID-19 units, medical and surgical units, and operating rooms
- Paramedics and emergency medical technicians
Health care professionals are at a high risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 to patients, each other and within the community. We will vaccinate Stoney Health Services staff to ensure that they are protected and can better serve the health and wellness needs of Stoney Nakoda members.
- As soon as vaccines arrive, Stoney Nakoda elders and seniors 65+ will be contacted and invited to get vaccinated.
- Vaccines are not mandatory and it is the choice of each person to get vaccinated.
- Stoney Health Services will provide guidance to ensure each person has the necessary information to make an informed decision for their family.
Vaccine distribution is limited by supply. The Stoney Nakoda community will be informed as the vaccine distribution plan unfolds. More details in the coming weeks.