Staff with the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority say the three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Sioux Lookout area reported this week are in Sandy Lake First Nation, and they recently returned from the Winnipeg area.

“The travel was to Winnipeg,” said Dr. John Guilfoyle with SLFNHA. “Three of the family members have been identified as being positive. They are all doing well, and we are working with the community to get out ahead of this.”

The individuals are being monitored and are self-isolating within the community, and are from the same household. Contract tracing has also begun to detect any potential spread.

This comes as the Northwestern Health Unit urged residents to stay in northern Ontario earlier this week, saying non-essential travel outside of our area should be avoided. Winnipeg reported 28 additional cases of the virus on Thursday.

Guilfoyle adds that five cases in Kasabonika Lake First Nation are doing well, other cases in Sandy Lake and the case in Pikangikum will be finishing their isolation measures this week. He also adds that these new cases in Sandy Lake aren’t connected to the prior case.

Staff remind the public that if you have symptoms that could be COVID-19 or if you’ve had close contact with a known case, contact your local COVID-19 assessment centre or nursing station.

All residents are reminded to assume COVID-19 is spreading within your community, and to always practice preventative health measures such as hand washing, social distancing and wearing a mask at all times.

For more information:
Travel outside northern Ontario not recommended
Third case of COVID-19 confirmed in Sioux Lookout