The leadership of Lac Seul First Nation has extended their lockdown and state of emergency in Kejick Bay with a surge of COVID-19 cases in the community.

Kejick Bay community members are asked to stay in their homes until May 28 at the earliest, as the Lac Seul community reports a total of 33 COVID-19 cases. A checkpoint will be set up at the Kejick Bay causeway to only allow one member of each household through.

The Lac Seul First Nation community, which encompasses Frenchman’s Head, Kejick Bay and Whitefish Bay, has a reported population of about 860 on-reserve members. They’re located about 40 kilometres away from Sioux Lookout.

Chief and Council reported one positive case of COVID-19 in the Kejick Bay community on April 29. That grew to 8 cases between Kejick Bay, Whitefish Bay and Frenchman’s Head by the following day.

That evening, April 30, with support from the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, Lac Seul First Nation leadership declared the COVID-19 outbreak in the community. The community later declared a state of emergency with 16 cases by May 1, which grew to 17 cases by May 6 and was reported at 30 cases by May 7.

All residents are asked to only leave their homes for essential reasons like groceries, medical appointments, or to receive your COVID-19 vaccination. Mail service has been suspended.

Education will continue virtually, and all employees inside Lac Seul are being asked to work from home. There is limited access to all vehicles at the community’s checkpoint, with exceptions for food delivery and emergency services.

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces Rangers are supporting the Lac Seul community until May 18 with grocery deliveries through two stores owned by Fresh Market Foods in Sioux Lookout.

The Lac Seul Events Centre is operating as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic during this time.

Contact tracing within Lac Seul First Nation is continuing to identify additional cases of the virus. All members are asked to arrange for a COVID-19 test on weekdays by calling:

- Kejick Bay Clinic – 807-582-9812
- Frenchman’s Head Clinic – 807-582-3512
- Whitefish Bay Clinic – 807-582-3293
- Or the Meno Ya Win Emergency Department on weekends