The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority says contact tracing is underway for 8 positive COVID-19 test results in the region.

On September 18, SLFNHA reported 5 positive cases in Kasabonika Lake First Nation, all from the same social bubble. The Northwestern Health Unit reported a case in the Dryden / Red Lake area later in the day. On September 20, the NWHU reported 2 additional cases in the Sioux Lookout region.

SLFNHA says one of the additional cases is in Kasabonika Lake, bringing their total to 6 active cases for the remote fly-in community. The additional two cases are in Sandy Lake First Nation and Pikangikum First Nation.

Staff say all of the individuals are self-isolating and doing well, and contact tracing has commenced in all 3 communities to detect any potential spread.

“Initially, we had a cluster of five cases in Kasabonika, and now we have a sixth case in relation to that. All of the cases are doing well, they’re isolating and they’re being monitored very carefully,” said SLFNHA’s Dr. John Guilfoyle.

“In Pikangikum, the case is doing extremely well. We are in the process of contact tracing. A large number of people have come forward out of concern and that’s very helpful. They’ve all been tested and to date, no positives have been found. There’s no evidence of spread beyond that at this time.”

“The last situation is in Sandy Lake, where we have a case. This case was related to travel outside of the community. We have started contact tracing and a number of people have been tested. We’re awaiting results. The results we have got back show no evidence of spread, but time will tell.”

SLFNHA recommends all residents to assume COVID-19 is spreading within your community, and to always practice preventative measures such as social distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands and staying home if you’re sick.

“Bit of an uptick of viral activity in our communities. As we expected, there is spread of this virus in our communities. This is inevitable given what’s happening around the world. But if you have not had close contact with that case, you’re not at any great risk compared to the day before,” Guilfoyle added.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or you think you may have been exposed to the virus, contact your local assessment centre or nursing station as soon as possible, and immediately self-isolate.

For more information:
Five cases of COVID-19 in Kasabonika Lake
Two cases of COVID-19 identified in Sioux Lookout region
New COVID-19 case in Dryden, Red Lake area