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Video – A Conversation with Dr Guilfoyle – The Flu Vaccine

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VIDEO – COVID-19 Safety during Halloween

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VIDEO – A Conversation with Dr. Guilfoyle – October 13, 2020

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October 5, 2020 – COVID-19 Update, Non-essential Travel, and Family gatherings

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) previously notified that there have been positive tests within the following communities: Kasabonika Lake First Nation, Sandy Lake First Nation, and Pikangikum First Nation.

The update on the cases in communities is as follows:

Sandy Lake – 3 cases isolating in community, all are well
Kasabonika Lake –all cases resolved
Pikangikum – case is resolved

No evidence of further spread in each community.

We would like to acknowledge the impressive and continued efforts by community leadership, community pandemic teams, nursing stations, SLFNHA, tribal councils and all other partners.

The provinces of Ontario and Manitoba have seen an increase in numbers of people becoming ill with COVID-19. We recommend that communities continue to safeguard and follow public health guidelines. This is very important as the next few months are marked with special occasions, such as Thanksgiving.

  • Limit holiday gatherings to family or household members only. Less people, less risk (10 people indoors, 25 people outdoors)
  • Limit the length of time for the gathering. Less time, less risk
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Consider celebrating virtually, especially if family members are at increased risk of severe illness (elderly, people with medical conditions, weakened immune systems, etc.)
  • Family members and students should assess the risk they may pose to their families and loved ones before returning home for Thanksgiving
    • Are you returning from an area with increased or increasing COVID-19 activity? Increased COVID-19 activity, increased risk
    • Have you been limiting your social interactions and following two metre distancing, hand washing and face covering recommendations in the past 14 days? Increased interactions without precautions, increased risk

Other key public health messages 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, cough and sneeze into your sleeve, and avoiding unnecessary travel.

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COVID-19 Update – October 1, 2020 – Positive cases in community


 

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) previously notified that two individuals had tested positive for COVID-19 within the community of Sandy Lake First Nation. There is now an additional case within the same household. This is a total of three cases. Cases were travel related and individuals are being monitored and are safely self-isolating in the community. Contact tracing has commenced to detect any potential spread related to these new cases.

The SLFNHA Approaches to Community Wellbeing – Preventing Infection Diseases (PID) team are working 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:

  • 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.

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COVID-19 Case in communities

 

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) previously notified that there have been positive tests within the following communities: six positives in Kasabonika Lake First Nation, one in Sandy Lake First Nation, and one in Pikangikum First Nation.
We would like to inform that contact tracing has been completed and there have been 10-15 close contacts identified with each case. All have been tested and all have been negative. In addition, there have been over 100 swabs completed in each community on other members who have had low risk exposure/symptoms/concerns. All results are negative to date. All individuals are doing well and the self-isolating period is coming to an end.

Thus far, these cases seem to be contained, some have finished isolation and the rest will be ending their isolation over the next 3-4 days.

This represents an impressive effort by the community pandemic team, the community leadership, the nursing stations, SLFNHA, tribal councils and other partners. Preparation has been a key element in making responses comprehensive and timely.

The SLFNHA Approaches to Community Wellbeing – Preventing Infection Diseases (PID) team continues to work with community health staff and pandemic teams to support the public health management of the cases. We would like to acknowledge the community pandemic teams for their remarkable efforts to keep their communities safe.

The most important public health messages 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.

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VIDEO: Conversation with Dr. Guilfoyole – Testing

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COVID-19 UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) previously notified that there have been positive tests within the following communities: six positives in Kasabonika Lake First Nation, one in Sandy Lake First Nation, and one in Pikangikum First Nation.

Individuals are doing well and are self-isolating. Contact tracing has commenced in all communities to detect any potential spread.

The SLFNHA Approaches to Community Wellbeing – Preventing Infection Diseases (PID) team continues to work with community health staff and pandemic teams 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 messages 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.

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COVID-19 UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 19, 2020

 

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.

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COVID-19 Update – September 17, 2020

On September 15, 2020, the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) notified that an individual had tested positive for COVID-19 within the community of Kasabonika Lake First Nation. There have been four new cases confirmed, all within the same “social bubble” of the original individual. This is a total of five cases and all individuals are doing well and are currently self-isolating.

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.

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.