Three individuals have examined constructive for COVID-19 in two neighbouring Interlake communities, the primary time the illness has been recognized on First Nations in Manitoba.
Peguis First Nation management introduced Friday night that two of its members examined constructive for COVID-19 after receiving speedy testing. Earlier within the day, Fisher River Cree Nation introduced considered one of its members had additionally examined constructive.
On Tuesday, Fisher River Well being Providers discovered of an individual locally who began exhibiting signs of COVID-19 that day, Fisher River Chief David Crate and different management stated in a statement posted online.
The individual was examined for the sickness on the Percy E. Moore Hospital and acquired a constructive consequence on Thursday, the assertion stated.
The take a look at is awaiting a second affirmation on the province’s lab, and the sick individual is self-isolating in secure situation. Individuals who had been in shut contact with them are actually in 14-day self-isolation and expecting signs, the assertion stated.
Fisher River Well being Providers is monitoring everybody concerned each day.
An investigation by Fisher River Well being Providers and the First Nations Inuit Well being Department discovered the individual was uncovered to the sickness in Winnipeg earlier than Sept. 6, and had no signs after they got here again to Fisher River, the assertion stated.
The group has been working to increase its COVID-19 testing capability for individuals with signs of the sickness. These sources are anticipated to be obtainable within the subsequent few days. Extra particulars will likely be shared as soon as that is confirmed, the assertion stated.
The Fisher River administration workplace was closed on Friday to be cleaned and sanitized and can reopen on Monday.
There is no such thing as a risk to public well being, the assertion stated, however group management is asking individuals to maintain following public well being protocols like sporting a face masks, washing arms and staying house when sick.
Fisher River management additionally requested individuals locally to keep away from posting COVID-19 considerations about others on social media, which it stated can result in panic and stress.
2 individuals take a look at constructive in Peguis First Nation
The 2 suspected circumstances of COVID-19 in Peguis First Nation had been shut contacts of one other potential COVID-19 case, says a press release from the First Nation’s management and Peguis Public Well being.
The 2 people have been self-isolating and are being monitored for signs by nurses, the assertion says.
The samples are actually being forwarded to Cadham Provincial Laboratory to verify the outcomes.
Peguis Public Well being is conducting contact tracing and can notify any group members who could have to self-isolate. It is usually asking Peguis First Nation members to chorus from posting considerations or reporting people on Fb.