Public health officials are passing along some good news, when it comes to the pandemic. Hospital staff at the Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre in Sioux Lookout say they have been cleared of the coronavirus. 

“As of yesterday, all cases and contacts are out of isolation. It is great news that none of the positive cases resulted in further infections in the community,” said Dr. Ian Gemmill, the acting medical officer of health at the Northwestern Health Unit.

Six staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-June. Hospital president and CEO, Heather Lee, applauded the efforts of everyone involved, who ensured patient and staff safety remained the top priority.

“We truly appreciate the response of our staff that got tested to ensure they kept SLMHC (Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre) a safe place for patients and others,” she said, in a prepared statement.

Lee noted all staff, patients and visitors will continue to be screened entering the facility, as part of the ongoing screening process during the pandemic. 

Moving forward, the Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre, Northwestern Health Unit and Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority will continue working together to provide a unified local response to the pandemic, the statement continued. 

“SLMHC has responded very appropriately and promptly to the recent increase of viral activity. This underlines a continuing commitment by SLMHC to provide the safest possible care to our communities,” said Dr. John Guilfoyle, the public health physician from SLFNHA.

The Northwestern Health Unit reported yesterday that 30 of their 39 cases in their catchment area have been resolved. In the Sioux Lookout area, 12 cases have been found and four have been resolved.

Five of those cases were on remote First Nations, leading to concerns there might be spike in cases in First Nations in the northwest. Cases at Thunder Bay's regional hospital were found around the same time.

For more information:

Regional cases of COVID-19

No spike of COVID-19, health unit