**UPDATE: The Northwestern Health Unit has clarified that the case reported on Tuesday may a false positive. Retesting is underway. More updates to come.
Rainy River First Nation sees its first positive case of COVID-19
Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services announced there is a new COVID-19 positive case in the Rainy River First Nations community. Health services announced they have been in communication with the individual and initiated contact tracing has been carried out. It will be counted as a positive case for the Emo health region.
Contact tracing helps reduce the risk to the community and the public. FFTAHS has confirmed Community Health Nurses have already been in direct communication with all community members that may have had close contact. Close contacts include anyone who had close physical contact, within two metres and for more than 15 minutes.
“As a Community, we have been doing all we can and kept our numbers at zero for a long time,” FFTAHS said. “We need to continue to keep practicing the COVID-19 safety measures.”
You are encouraged to stay vigilant in maintaining public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Self-monitor for any symptoms
- Self-isolate if symptoms develop and contact your Community Health Nurse
- Practice frequent hand hygiene
- Maintain physical distancing measures
- Practice mask use when physical distancing not possible
FFTAHS will be present in Rainy River First Nations on Tuesday June 16, 2020 to conduct an additional testing clinic for community members who may be concerned about their risk of COVID-19.
Individuals can also be tested at the Riverside Assessment Centre by calling (807)274-3261, ext. 4913.
For more information on COVID-19, visit the Northwestern Health Unit, or covid-19.ontario.ca.