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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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NOTICE – SLFNHA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – OCT 28, 2020

Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority

Annual General
Meeting

October 28, 2020 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us for a virtual meeting via Zoom

The public will be able to view the meeting by visiting slfnha.com and clicking the appropriate link on the day of the meeting.

2020 SLFNHA _AGM_Registration_Form – Download

2020_AGM Sample Proxy Letter – Download

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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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Media Release – Northwestern Health Unit – Improved Crisis Response and Harm Reduction Outreach Coming to Sioux Lookout

The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU), Sioux Lookout Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) and Canadian Mental Health Association, Kenora Branch (CMHA) will be working together on a Crisis Response and Harm Reduction Mobile Outreach Team for Sioux Lookout Ontario, with funding support from Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program.

This project aims to build off the Joint Mobile Crisis Response Program, which was a short-term collaboration between the Meno Ya Win Health Centre and the Sioux Lookout OPP, made possible by short-term funding obtained through a Government of Ontario Proceeds of Crime Frontline Policing Grant. The previous program employed a single mental-health clinician who worked directly with frontline police to respond to mental health and addictions related police calls for service. This pilot project was operational from February 2019 to February 2020, during which time the Joint Mobile Crisis Response Team was able to connect with approximately 150
individuals experiencing crisis, providing these individuals with direct access to appropriate health care and support services.

The new Crisis Response and Harm Reduction Mobile Outreach Team will consist of health professionals including nurses, counsellors from Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority’s mental health department – Nodin Mental Health Services, and a physician to increase capacity around crisis response, harm reduction and case management in Sioux Lookout. The project will also support an after-hours call-in/text line managed by Nahnahda-Wee-ee-Waywin that
provides 24/7 crisis intervention services to individuals in local and remote communities. The goals of this program include improving collaboration amongst local and regional service providers provide timely access to mental health and addictions services and reducing the
number of incidents that result in emergency department visits and criminal charges.

The project will be administered at Northwestern Health Unit on behalf of the group. Gillian Lunny, Manager of Sexual Health and Harm Reduction at Northwestern Health Unit says “We are thrilled to be able to have all these partners come together to develop solutions to some of the issues that people in Sioux Lookout face when it comes to substance use disorder or problematic drug use and substance use.” Planning for the team has begun however with the COVID 19 pandemic it is unclear when they will be able to be fully operational.

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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.