The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority and the Northwestern Health Unit are working to contact all patients who were seen by a healthcare worker in Sioux Lookout, after they tested positive for COVID-19.

The case was reported as a new positive test result in the Sioux Lookout area late yesterday, and the health unit noted their primary residence was outside of their catchment area. No further details were provided.

Today, SLFNHA says the healthcare worker was working out of the Northern Clinic in Sioux Lookout, and they were experiencing symptoms. The individual had no contacts outside of work, and wore appropriate personal protective equipment at all times.

The person worked in Sioux Lookout for two weeks, and has since returned 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.

The NWHU has assessed the situation as low-risk, and no contacts require tracing. However, SLFNHA says they have developed an aggressive plan to protect communities in the area and the patients who had received services from the healthcare worker. The plan includes:

- Any patients who were at the clinic between July 20 to July 31 who are experiencing symptoms should present themselves for an assessment as soon as possible,

- The Preventing Infectious Team from SLFNHA will contact all patients who were seen by this individual to recommend testing and self-monitoring,

- A deep clean of the clinic has taken place,

- Virtual appointments will continue wherever possible,

- All staff working at the clinic within the last two weeks will be offered testing and will be required to self-monitor. If they have symptoms, they will be required to stay home and get assessed as soon as possible,

- Protocols to protect patients are being reviewed and reinforced with all clinic staff.

The Northwestern Health Unit recommends all individuals to assume that COVID-19 is in your community, and to always practice social distancing, hand hygiene and to stay home if you’re sick.

For more information:
New positive case identified in Sioux Lookout area