We are in a critical point in the pandemic as cold and flu season begins. For this reason, we recommend that you follow public health guidelines and get a flu shot. According to the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU), there is currently no shortage of flu vaccines. Dr. Kit Young Hoon, Medical Officer of Health at NWHU advises: “To stay healthy, I strongly encourage everyone in the region to get a flu shot and continue to practice personal preventive measures."
Dr. Young Hoon is also encouraging community members to stay where they are and avoid travelling to Manitoba unless it is essential. This is in light of the growing case numbers in Winnipeg and the province more widely. Dr. Young Hoon states: “Stay in northern Ontario and avoid any travel to Manitoba that isn’t absolutely essential.”
According to the Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU), there are 25 active cases in the region, with three new cases being reported between November 11 and 12.
The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) is reporting 2 active cases on reserves among Sioux Lookout area First Nations, and zero off reserves. The SLFNHA has placed high risk travel advisories for both Thunder Bay and Winnipeg, due to the rising case counts.
With the cases continuing to rise, a big thank you to the community for your ongoing commitment to fighting back against COVID-19, and for doing your part to limit the spread. As case numbers continue to rise, it is important that we work to limit the spread by wearing our masks, limiting non-essential trips, and washing and sanitizing our hands frequently. While there may be some challenging days ahead of us, I have no doubt in the strength of our communities.