Dr. John Guilfoyle with an Update on recent positive COVID-19 cases in communities

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) has been notified that there are additional cases of COVID identified in the following communities:

• Wapekeka First Nation – one case

• Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation – one case

The individuals are currently isolating in the community. The SLFNHA Preventing Infectious Diseases (PID) team continue to support the community and conduct case and contact management. The situation will continue to be closely monitored.

We are emphasizing the importance of deciding to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available in your community. We encourage all who are eligible to get vaccinated in the upcoming program: Operation Remote Immunity. The vaccine will: protect you, protect your loved ones, slow the spread of the virus, and help end the pandemic.

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 social bubbles as much as possible, and avoiding unnecessary travel. We now emphasize the importance of avoiding the 3 Cs: close contact, crowds and closed spaces.

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.