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

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) has been notified that there are an additional three cases of COVID identified in Fort Severn First Nation. The individuals are currently isolating safely in the community.

The SLFNHA Preventing Infectious Diseases (PID) team continue to conduct case and contact management and will continue to closely monitor the situation.

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.