Athabasca Tribal Council creates isolation centre for members needing quarantine – Fort McMurray Today

April 23, 2020

With many rural homes crowded or structurally unstable, the five First Nation communities within Wood Buffalo’s boundaries have created an isolation centre for any members with COVID-19 symptoms needing to quarantine themselves.

On Wednesday, the Athabasca Tribal Council announced the facility was now active in Fort McMurray. So far, there are no positive cases on any First Nation communities in the region.

Allan Adam, chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and ATC board chair, says the quality of housing in many Indigenous communities means a single case could spread quickly.

All First Nation communities in the Wood Buffalo area list housing as a major concern. It is not uncommon to find at least three generations of people living in a single home.

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