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.