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Second COVID-19 case confirmed at care centre on Blood Reserve

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Officials on the Blood Reserve are confirming another case of COVID-19 at the Kainai Continuing Care Centre.

Earlier this week, one case was confirmed at the facility in Standoff, now a second positive case has been identified.

Blood Tribe Emergency Management says staff at the care centre continue to provide services to elders there in the best manner possible.

A news release from the Blood Tribe says it knows this development will cause immediate concern and distress “because we hold our elders to the highest degree in our community”.

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The Blood Tribe is again asking members to remain calm and be there for one another by way of phone, text, email, and other methods “to ease the pain of isolation”.

The Kainai Continuing Care Centre remains closed to visitors until further notice with immediate COVID testing for all residents and staff.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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