The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) was notified that an individual had tested positive for COVID-19 within the community of Kasabonika Lake First Nation on September 19, 2020. This is an additional case that was detected by way of contact tracing. This individual is doing well and is currently self-isolating in the community. To date, this is the sixth case in Kasabonika. All individuals are doing well and are being closely monitored. Contact tracing will be done to detect any potential spread related to this new case.
The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) was also notified that a young child had tested positive for COVID-19 within the community of Pikangikum First Nation on September 19, 2020. Contact tracing has commenced. The individual is doing well, is self-isolating and will be closely monitored.
The SLFNHA Approaches to Community Wellbeing – Preventing Infection Diseases (PID) team continues to work with community health staff to support the public health management of the cases. An update of the situation will be provided as soon as more information is confirmed.
The most important public health message are:
- If you have symptoms which could be caused by COVID, contact the nursing station for assessment
- If you have had close contact with a known case, contact the nursing station for assessment.
- Close contact is unmasked contact, for 15 minutes, less than six feet apart and involvement in activities where you touch common surfaces frequently, share utensils etc.
We continue to encourage adhering to public health measures. This includes: physical distancing, handwashing, wearing masks/face covering in public where physical distancing cannot be maintained, staying in our circles as much as possible, and avoiding unnecessary travel.
If you have any community member with symptoms that could be caused by COVID-19, please contact your nursing station to be assessed as a matter of urgency.