Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation, also known as the Dalles, says contact tracing has begun after 3 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in a local household.
Chief and Council say the family is now in quarantine, and leadership has been working closely with Indigenous Services Canada and public health officials on increased security measures and to help prevent the spread.
“We are doing all of the due diligence necessary, and taking every safety precaution we can to keep the safety of our community top of mind”, said Chief Lorraine Cobiness.
“We are also working with traditional healers, our traditional medicines, and have asked our partners and neighbours to keep us in mind in their prayers and ceremonies.”
The Dalles community began a partial lockdown on November 25, prior to the announcement of these 3 cases, and it’s set to continue until December 9 at the earliest. School buses are not being allowed into the community to bring students to school, and only essential visitors are permitted.
The Kenora Chiefs Advisory is assisting with the collaboration between essential visitors and service providers to support the community during this time, and to ensure there are no service delivery gaps.
Officials ask that everyone assume COVID-19 is in their community and practise preventive measures like physical distancing, wearing a mask in enclosed public spaces and when physical distancing is a challenge, good hand hygiene, and not touching their face.
Anyone who has symptoms, or who has been in contact with a positive case, should self-isolate and get tested.
To date, there have been 122 confirmed and two probable cases of COVID-19 in the health unit catchment area with 91 of the 124 cases listed as resolved. There are currently 29 active cases in the Kenora region, one in the Dryden / Red Lake region and three in the Sioux Lookout region.
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