Friday, March 5, 2021

Nine confirmed COVID-19 cases on Walpole Island

Walpole Island officials say there are now nine confirmed COVID-19 cases on the First Nation reserve.

A total of 31 community members have been tested, 19 tests have come back negative and there are three test results pending.

Walpole Island First Nation posted the updated numbers on their Facebook page on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

“Please remember that many people who get COVID-19 may not have any symptoms, so it is important that we all continue to stay home unless we have to go out for things like food or medicine,” Walpole Island First Nation officials posted on social media.

“If you do have to go out, make sure to keep at least two metres between yourself and other people. Stay safe, stay health, stay home.”

A large medical tent was set to be installed in the arena parking lot on Friday, May 1, 2020. Details, here.

Walpole Island First Nation officials say if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, contact the Health Centre 519-627-0765 or telehealth after hours or on weekends at 1-877-797-0000.

If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms, please self-isolate and use the Ontario Self-Assessment Tool to determine if you need to seek further care.

Here is some more details issued by Walpole Island First Nation officials:

– If you develop mild symptoms such as a fever or cough, move to self-isolation at home and rest, call the Walpole Island Health Centre 519-627-0765.

– COVID-19 has common symptoms, such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

– COVID-19 also has less common symptoms, such as: unexplained fatigue, delirium (a serious medical condition that involves confusion, changes to memory, and odd behaviours), falls, acute functional decline, worsening of chronic conditions, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, chills, headaches, croup, or loss of taste/smell.

– COVID-19 may also present as new or worsening respiratory symptoms, such
as: sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, or difficulty swallowing.

– If your symptoms become more severe and you need to seek medical attention call your health care provider or Walpole Island Health Centre 519-627-0765, or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 for assessment.

– For extremely severe symptoms call 911 or visit the emergency department.

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