Categories
COVID-19 News

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.

Categories
News

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.

Categories
COVID-19 News

VIDEO: Conversation with Dr. Guilfoyole – Testing

Categories
COVID-19 News

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.

Categories
COVID-19 News

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.

Categories
COVID-19 News

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.

Categories
COVID-19 News

Public Health Notification of a Positive COVID-19 Case In-Community

On September 15, 2020, the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) was notified that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 within the community of Kasabonika Lake First Nation. A positive result in the family of a community worker from outside the community has been confirmed. The individual will be assessed and offered repeat testing. The individual will then strictly self-isolate. All members of the relevant social pod will be assessed and offered testing, if symptomatic, and self-isolate. Asymptomatic members will self-isolate until results of those tested are obtained.

The SLFNHA Approaches to Community Wellbeing – Preventing Infection Diseases (PID) team is working with community health staff to support the public health management of the case. Contact tracing has started and the SLFNHA PID team is working closely with health staff to prevent the spread of infection. 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.

Categories
COVID-19 News

VIDEO: KI Member shares her experience with COVID-19

Gitchi Miigwetch to Stacey Sainnawap for giving us permission to share her emotional story. Stacey is a member of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation.
Categories
COVID-19 News

VIDEO: Returning to School

Categories
COVID-19 News

Update on Positive Case of COVID-19 in Sioux Lookout/NWHU Mandatory Mask

I am writing to provide an update on the positive case of COVID-19 with a health care provider (HCP) at the Northern Clinic in Sioux Lookout. This person is doing well and self-isolating at home. As previously mentioned because of meticulous use of personal protective equipment and workplace protocols, all exposures have been determined to be low risk. This situation did not require formal contact tracing as required by Ontario Health Guidelines. Nonetheless, because of the central importance of the Northern Clinic to many of our communities and the generous application of the precautionary principle, the Approaches to Community Wellbeing Preventing Infectious Diseases (ACW-PID) team assessed the situation and determined that all who had low risk contact with the HCP should be offered testing. In collaboration with the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) we have identified 18 individuals. Most come from the communities and are being contacted by the ACW-PID. Those who live in Sioux Lookout are being contacted by the NWHU. To date, all test results have been negative.

In addition, as a workplace safety and health measure, all clinic staff are being offered testing. To date, all test results have been negative.

I would also like to speak to you on the importance of wearing a mask/face covering. Please view the “Messages Around Wearing a Mask is Changing” please follow the links provided here:

Previously, masks were not seen as important as they are now. Masks are helpful in numerous situations when you cannot physically distance yourself whether it be at the store, appointments etc. It is important to be prepared to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. The messages are changing because the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) is making masks mandatory on August 17, 2020 in all enclosed public spaces.

NWHU has posted more information about this requirement to its website at nwhu.on.ca/covid19/Pages/masks. Please view a demonstration of how to put on and take off masks here. This item is of particular relevance as community members begin to do more travel from communities. It will be important that members are prepared for the requirement to wear face coverings in certain settings and have the required equipment and training.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email