Fort William First Nation – Fort William First Nation (FWFN) is reporting two news cases within the past week which are related to transmission from the COVID-19 outbreak within the correctional centres of Thunder Bay. The First Nation has stated that they were not notified of an inmate being released into their community and were made aware through social media well after the individual was in the community and had visited multiple homes.
Both positive cases have been transported to the dedicated isolation shelter in Thunder Bay. At this time, no further information regarding the positive case will be disclosed in order to protect their right to privacy. FWFN Chief and Council have stated that the community is in a heightened state of urgency and would like the community to know to respect all self isolation and stay at home orders. This is vital that the community assist with preventing further community transmission. In line with the stay-at-home orders, they recommend that only household family members be allowed into their respective homes.
FWFN have setup Pandemic Response Teams to assist with contact tracing, isolation and supply support. As well, an Emergency Response Group meets twice a week to discuss and recommend further pandemic response with the community’s safety as a key priority.