Staff with the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority say they’ve confirmed another case of COVID-19 in Pikangikum, bringing the community’s total to three active cases.

SLFNHA adds all three are safely isolating in the community, and case and contact management has been ongoing with their Preventing Infectious Diseases team, who are monitoring the situation.

Throughout their catchment area, SLFNHA is reporting 9 active on-reserve cases of COVID-19, and 3 active cases off-reserve. There’s currently 12 active cases, and there’s been 39 total cases and 1 death since March, 2020.

“We are emphasizing the importance of deciding to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available in your community,” adds SLFNHA staff.

Ornge Air Ambluance’s Operation Remote Immunity has begun, and is expected to distribute the COVID-19 to remote communities across Northern Ontario, with the help of the Canadian Rangers, if needed and approved.

“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.”

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is asked to get tested and self-isolate immediately, and to stay in isolation until your test results are known.

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