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Memo & Update from SLFNA and Meno Ya Win

Memo & Update from SLFNA and Meno Ya Win

To: Sioux Lookout Area Chiefs and Health Directors
From: Dr. John Guilfoyle, Public Health Physician, SLFNHA
Date: June 26, 2020
Subject: COVID-19 Situation Report

I am writing to provide you with an update on the COVID-19 situation in our region. In collaboration with Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) and Northwestern Health Unit, we are happy to include the attached update regarding COVID-19 at SLMHC (please see page 2 of this pdf).

Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority’s Jeremiah Mckay Kabayshewekamik Hostel staff have been offered testing and will continue over the next few days. In the meantime, we are cautiously ensuring that services are maintained in a safe manner.

With regards to the recent cases involving both on-reserve and off-reserve First Nations in the region, 4 of the cases have been resolved. All the cases are being managed and there is no illness and no evidence of further spread.
We are committed to providing communities with fast, reliable and accurate information. For the most up to date information, please visit our website where we post video, audio and written updates. We also update our dashboard page by 2:00 pm, Monday-Friday with case numbers (updates will also be occurring on the weekend when the need arises).

If you have any questions about how to best protect the health of your community, please do not hesitate to contact the following:

Emily Paterson, Director of Approaches to Community Wellbeing (
Dr.Terri Farrell, Medical Director (
Dr. John Guilfoyle, SLFNHA Public Health Physician (
cc.James Morris, Executive Director, SLFNHA
SLFNHA Board of Directors
SLFNHA Chiefs Committee on Health
Community Health Directors and Physicians
Sioux Lookout area Tribal Councils
Nishnawbe Aski Nation
General Update
P.O. Box 909, Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B4
Tel: (807) 737-3030 Fax: (807) 737-5252

June 26 Update- COVID-19 and SLMHC
SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON — June 26, 2020 – Earlier this week, Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre
(SLMHC) shared an update on the six new positive cases of COVID-19 here at the hospital amongst our staff,
found through our surveillance program. The staff surveillance program continued throughout the week, and we
now have more than 80% of test results in. As of the time of this update, we are happy to share that there have
been no new positive cases amongst our staff and physicians. In addition, we continue to conduct staff and
physician surveillance as well as swabbing inpatients for testing.

Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) and SLMHC’s Infection Control department have completed contact tracing.
NWHU continues to carry out case management and those who tested positive are continuing to self-isolate. We
will continue with our screening process for everyone entering our hospital and the William A. George Extended
Care unit (ECU). In the last few months, we have also been regularly testing our staff and physicians working at
the ECU, and this will continue.

We want to assure all of our patients and clients that the quick actions taken by SLMHC, the NWHU and Sioux
Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) have helped to quickly contain the spread of the virus. It is
important to know that no one has become ill and that this, and the absence of spread among contacts, points to a
low-risk situation. As always, the hospital is here to meet your health care needs as they arise.
The Sioux Lookout Assessment Centre offers testing for anyone who is concerned they have COVID-19.
Appointments can be made by calling 737-5880. The centre is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Due to a
high volume of calls, we ask that you leave a message with your name and number and one of our staff will call
you back to arrange an appointment.

We remind everyone to follow recommendations from NWHU and SLFNHA, and the rest of our public health
officials, as we work collaboratively to ensure public safety. This includes practicing physical distancing, wearing
masks when physical distancing is not possible, and practicing good hand hygiene.
For more information on how our services and facilities are impacted, please visit our website at For information about COVID-19 in our region, including prevention advice and
statistics on current confirmed cases, visit or


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