The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority says all of their test results for patients who may have visited with a COVID-19-positive healthcare worker have been negative so far.

On August 3, the Northwestern Health Unit reported a new positive case of COVID-19 in Sioux Lookout. The following day, the Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority provided more information on the case, who was identified as a local healthcare worker.

The affected staff member was working out of the Northern Clinic in Sioux Lookout, and reported symptoms. They had no contacts outside of work, and wore appropriate personal protective equipment at all times.

The person worked in Sioux Lookout for two weeks, before returning to their residence outside of the region. The healthcare worker was also required to self-monitor for two weeks, prior to arriving in Sioux Lookout.

SLFNHA says although the case did not require formal contact tracing required by the province, they developed an extensive plan to protect the community, and found 18 potential contacts from the situation.

All 18 individuals were offered testing, even though SLFNHA determined the situation to be low-risk. To date, all test results have been negative. SLFNHA staff warned that anyone who visited the clinic between July 20 to July 31 should present themselves for an assessment.

As well, all clinic staff were also offered testing, and all test results have been negative. A deep clean of the clinic took place immediately, and SLFNHA adds the healthcare worker is doing well and self-isolating at home at this time.

As of August 12, the Northwestern Health Unit has reported 44 positive cases of the virus in their catchment area, and all of the reported cases are considered resolved.

As always, health unit staff recommend that all residents assume COVID-19 is spreading within your community, and to always practice social distancing, proper hand hygiene and wearing a mask. Masks will be mandatory in all enclosed public spaces as of August 17 in the area.

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