Walpole Island confirms first two cases of COVID-19

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Jenna Cocullo, Local Journalism Initiative

Walpole Island First Nation has recorded their first two positive cases of COVID-19.

One community member was confirmed positive with the virus on Friday evening, followed by another one on Saturday.

Walpole Island Health Centre said that the individuals are doing well and have been provided with education on how to properly self-isolate. The community members have had little activity outside the home and the individuals and household contacts will continue to self-isolate at home. 

“Our hearts and thoughts are with our community members and their families at this time.  We encourage them to reach out for whatever they may need and wish them a speedy recovery,” Chief Dan Miskokomon said.

Walpole Island Health Centre provided the individuals and their families with personal protective equipment and monitor their situation twice a day via telephone. 

“We also want to remind our community to stay vigilant and stay home unless they have to leave the house for things like food or medicines.  Please practice physical distancing if you do have to go out.  Your actions right now can save lives,” Miskokomon said.

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Wallaceburg site is the closest hospital to the island, however they fall under the guidance and direction of the Lambton Public Health Unit.

Contact tracing has occurred and those who may have been in contact with the individuals have been notified of the to self-isolate.

Walpole Island residents who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms can contact the Health Centre 519-627-0765 or telehealth after hours or on weekends at 1-877-797-0000. For extremely severe symptoms call 911 or visit the emergency department.

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