Fort Albany First Nation Under COVID-19 Lockdown

COVID-19 Outbreak

FORT ALBANY First Nation – COVID-19 – Fort Albany First Nation have initiated a two-week lockdown after a case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the Northern Ontario community.

The First Nation, located on the Albany River off the James Bay, was notified Saturday of the positive case.

Fort Albany community leadership announced an immediate 14-day lockdown that came into force at 1:00 PM EST on January 3, 2021.

“There will be no regular/charter flights, due to the COVID-19 positive case(s) in the James Bay region. This is also including the suspension of the community travel on the temporary travel corridor until further notice.

Essential services and responders would continue to have access to the community, states the leadership.

Fort Albany, on December 28, 2020 suspended non-essential air travel, after five cases of COVID-19 were identified in Moose Factory.

This new lockdown places further limits on winter road travelling in and out of the community.

Contact tracing had begun and the community leadership says that the individual who tested positive iss in self-isolation and being supported by health authorities.

Porcupine Health Authority states that an exposure advisory has been issued in relation to the case.

The advisory is related to a 9:11 am flight on Monday, December 28, 2020 when Air Creebec flight 871 flew from Timmins to Moosonee, Fort Albany, Kashechewan and Peawanuck. The Health Unit states, “Passengers on this flight are considered close contacts and must self-isolate immediately and call the Porcupine Health Unit’s COVID-19 Information at 1-800-461-1818”.

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