Community members of Lac Seul First Nation are being asked to stay in their homes until May 14, as the community has implemented a lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19.

On April 30, with support from the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, Lac Seul First Nation leadership declared a COVID-19 outbreak in the community with 8 total cases. That total increased to 11 cases by May 1.

The code red lockdown is in effect until May 14, and you’re asked to stay in your home community. All residents are asked to only leave their homes for essential reasons like groceries, medical appointments, or to receive your COVID-19 vaccination.

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.

“As a community, we have the power to care for each other and protect the most vulnerable during this time by staying home and following the code red lockdown rules. It is the responsibility of each community member to ensure they are doing their part so that this outbreak can be contained. Please stay home and stay safe,” states a prepared release from the community.

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

Lac Seul will also be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, which is considered essential, throughout the week at the Lac Seul Events Centre.

As of May 3, the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority is reporting a total of 18 active cases of COVID-19. Overall, they’ve seen 178 total cases within on-reserve community members in their catchment area, along with 6 deaths.