The Stoney Nakoda Nation is asking non-residents to stay away during the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent the spread.

Yesterday, it was confirmed there are three cases in the Eden Valley Nation, located near Longview, AB. It's part of the Bearspaw Nation. 

In a letter, Chief Darcy Dixon says Stoney Health officials, with the supportive of Alberta Health Services, are working to determine the exact source of the infection.

"Our community members that have been infected are in isolation, and we are working to support them, and their families," states Chief Dixon. 

He says the Nations have done an amazing job at limiting the spread and should not feel disheartened.

"Our Nation is made up of strong and resilient people. We must still work together in adhering to the suggestions and cautions set out by our own emergency management team, and government officials."

Over the weeks, they have been taking many proactive measures to keep their residents safe. That includes educational check stops, establishing a COVID-19 testing centre, and providing facemasks for elders.

Currently, testing is being offered weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.