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First case of COVID-19 confirmed on Blood Reserve

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The Blood Tribe confirming late Wednesday afternoon (Apr. 29) that there is now at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 on the reserve.

Chief Roy Fox made the announcement through a live video stream on the Blood Tribe website.

He says Blood Tribe Department of Health and the Alberta government received word of the confirmed case late Wednesday morning.

“Our health professionals are working quickly to notify those who’ve been in contact with this person. We offer our prayers for them and their family,” says Fox. “We also ask all Blood Reserve residents and members who are thinking of returning to the reserve to stay home or where you at at.”

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Fox says it is very important people follow the orders of public health officials as they work to trace the person’s contacts. The Chief stresses if people do these things, hopefully the spread of the virus around Blood Tribe can be stemmed.

This Blood Reserve case is one of two confirmed in Cardston County Wednesday, the first cases in the region. The location of the other case in the County has not be announced.

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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