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Lac Seul First Nation hit with growing COVID-19 outbreak

First Nation near Sioux Lookout has confirmed 11 cases, ordering a code red lockdown.
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Eleven active cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Lac Seul First Nation as of Sunday.

LAC SEUL FIRST NATION – The Lac Seul First Nation is under a “code red lockdown” as it fights a growing COVID-19 outbreak.

There are now 11 active cases in the First Nation, which is located about 40 kilometres northwest of Sioux Lookout and has an on-reserve population of around 860.

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority declared an outbreak in the community on Friday, when eight cases had been detected.

Under the code red lockdown, members are directed only to leave their homes for essential reasons, such as picking up groceries or medication, attending medical appointments, or getting exercise outdoors.

The First Nation, which includes the communities of Kejick Bay, Frenchman’s Head, and Whitefish Bay, will also limit access to non-essential vehicles at community checkpoints, it said.

Lac Seul First Nation falls within the NWHU’s Sioux Lookout health hub, where there were a total of 13 active cases as of Sunday.

Members can find more information on how to book a COVID-19 test at the Lac Seul First Nation website.