By Don Norman
In a release issued by Sagkeeng First Nation on Thursday evening, it was confirmed that earlier that afternoon, the band was notified that a second member of the community tested positive for COVID-19. “We had a conference call with Health Canada on the second case at 4:30. This individual was a known contact of a case and has been isolating for several days,” stated the release. “Risk of further exposure to community members from this individual is low.”
Sagkeeng Health Centre is working with the individual to complete a case investigation and will be contacting people who have have had close interactions. “If you are contacted by the Health Centre, the information you share will be kept confidential. It is not shared with leadership or any other non-medical professional. The information collected by the nurses at the Health Centre helps to identify who may be at risk so your cooperation is critical to keeping everyone safe and healthy.”
The news comes just days after the first case was identified on Monday. Sagkeeng has taken precaustions to limit the chances of the outbreak spreading. Precautions include check stops and restrictions on gatherings to under ten people.
“While we are responding to these cases, it is more important than ever that we stick to the fundamentals and monitor our own health. If you are sick, stay home and limit your exposure to other people,” read the notice.
The Manitoba Government’s COVID-19 release for Friday September 19, indicated that the one case in Sagkeeng is the only local new case. However, there were four more cases in the Interlake Eastern Health Region and 40 new cases across the province. 29 of those were in Winnipeg.