Frontline staff with the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority are reporting a significant increase in COVID-19 activity and spread in their area.

“It’s fair to say that in the last couple of weeks, we have seen the most activity that we’ve seen in our communities. This is of great concern,” says Dr. John Guilfoyle with SLFNHA.

SLFNHA, who also reports their data to the Northwestern Health Unit, says there’s been a total of 84 COVID-19 cases in First Nation communities in the Sioux Lookout area since March, 2020, and 22 of those cases are considered active as of March 18, 2021.

“The reason we’re not seeing more is because of the wonderful work that all of you have been doing in sticking to your social bubbles, avoiding crowds, enclosed spaces and those outside of your bubble. I’d ask you to continue that, and avoid non-essential travel. Don’t travel unless you really need to,” advises Guilfoyle.

Throughout their catchment area, SLFNHA, with data from ORNGE, says just under 8,500 residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, and over 2,400 residents have received both doses. About 37 percent of all residents in the Sioux Lookout area have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

“For those who have yet to receive their second dose, it’s coming. For those who have yet to choose the first dose and your community is getting their second dose, please consider it. Vaccination will protect you, your loved ones and will help slow the virus down to help end the pandemic.”

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has been in contact with a confirmed case of the virus is asked to self-isolate, get tested and remain in isolation until your results are known.

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