The Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation community, also knows as the Dalles, will have their partial lockdown lifted, effective immediately.

On November 30, Chief and Council announced three cases of COVID-19 were found in a local household. Leadership notes they were notified of the three cases on November 26, and contact tracing began within 24 hours.

The lockdown will now end after a total of 54 COVID-19 tests were taken in the community, and all of them have since returned as negative.

“The family is doing well and we are grateful for all the prayers offered for the family and the community,” said Chief Lorraine Cobiness.

“The communications piece within our pandemic plan was essential to alleviate concerns from our community members and surrounding communities. Our pandemic team held daily briefings, maintained constant contact with the family and provided community updates.”

Dalles entered a partial lockdown on November 25 prior to the cases, and introduced further measures like restricting access to only essential visitors after the announcement on the 30th.

Chief and Council worked with the Northwestern Health Unit as well as the Kenora Chiefs Advisory to support the community during the lockdown. Cobiness offered KCA thanks for their assistance.

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.

As of the morning of December 9, there have been 131 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Northwestern Health Unit's catchment area, with 2 probable cases. 10 cases are currently listed as active, with 8 of those being in the Kenora region. 

For more information:
Contact tracing begins in Niisaachewan, family in quarantine