The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority says one of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Sioux Lookout Region has been found in a healthcare worker in Deer Lake First Nation.

They worked at the community’s nursing station. The individual has no symptoms and is isolating safely. SLFNHA says contact tracing has begun and they’re working with other healthcare staff to prevent the spread of the infection.

“We’ve had a recent positive case of COVID-19 in one of our communities. We will be doing testing on any individuals who have had a significant exposure, and we will be following up,” explained Dr. John Guilfoyle with the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority.

Officials ask that everyone assume COVID-19 is in their community and practise preventive measures like physical distancing, wearing a mask in enclosed public spaces and when physical distancing is a challenge, good hand hygiene, and not touching their face.

“We are seeing greater viral activity in the hubs that we normally travel to, like Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and even Kenora. We need to be extremely careful that if we do travel, we follow all health measures to keep yourself and the community safe,” added Guilfoyle.

Anyone who has symptoms, or who has been in contact with a positive case, should self-isolate and get tested.

To date, there have been 122 confirmed and two probable cases of COVID-19 in the health unit catchment area with 91 of the 124 cases listed as resolved. There are currently 29 active cases in the Kenora region, one in the Dryden / Red Lake region and three in the Sioux Lookout region.

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