Positive COVID-19 Test at Whitedog First Nation Under Investigation


KENORA – Reports are coming in that a Wabaseemoong Independent Nation (Whitedog) man has tested positive for COVID-19.

There is the potential that the man may have contracted COVID-19 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

A mobile testing unit from Kenora will be in the Wabaseemoong Independent Nation this weekend doing testing. As well, contact tracing to ensure community safety has begun.

Wabaseemoong Chief Waylon Scott reports the man who has tested positive was visiting his wife at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. This visit was prior to a doctor at the healthcare facility testing positive for COVID-19 on May 31, 2020.

The community of 1200 people is being reassured by Chief Scott that medical officials will be able to keep the community safe.

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is calling the potential for an outbreak a low-risk situation in terms of the COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. Stewart Kennedy says that they are using an over-abundance of caution in this matter and that over 250 patients and staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre have been tested.

The Northwestern Health Unit reports they have one active COVID-19 case.

​​Positive tests:​ 22*
Negative tests:​​ 4346
Pending tests: 490
​​Resolved: ​21



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