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Memo- Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority

Memo- Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority

To: Sioux Lookout Area Chiefs and Health Directors
From: Dr. John Guilfoyle, Public Health Physician, SLFNHA
Date: July 1, 2020
Subject: COVID-19 Situation Report – New Positive Case of COVID-19

I am writing to provide you with an update on the COVID-19 situation in our region.

A member of Sachigo Lake First Nation has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was in Sioux Lookout for care and upon routine surveillance testing to return home the person’s test resulted in a positive. The positive result was discovered while the individual was in transit to their community, the plane was re-routed back to Sioux Lookout. The individual is now self-isolating in Sioux Lookout.

Contact tracing is taking place and those with contact with the individual will be tested and asked to begin self-isolation immediately.
The cases within Eabametoong First Nation have been in self-isolation and nearing completion. There has been no evidence of further spread however we are still waiting for further test results. In Mishkeegogamang First Nation, like Eabametong, no evidence of further spread. We are still waiting on additional test results, but no positive results so far.

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


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