Walpole Island officials have confirmed the first COVID-19 death on the First Nation reserve.
Chief Dan Miskokomon confirmed the news on Friday, May 15, 2020 during a video update on social media.
“We are saddened by this and send our deepest condolences out to the family,” Miskokomon said.
“Please reach out if there is anything that we can do. Our hearts and thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.”
Miskokomon reminded the community to remain “vigilant” and to continue taking “the threat seriously.
“Our community is at higher risk. We don’t want to lose more lives. Stay home,” Miskokomon added.
In total, 45 community members on Walpole Island have been tested, 11 have been confirmed positive, eight have been resolved, 32 were negative, one result is pending and there has been one death.
“Even though Ontario is opening some workplaces, we are keeping the existing measures in place, including the bridge check point to keep our community safe,” Miskokomon said.
“So follow these and keep our community safe, collectively.The health and safety of our community is the most important thing that we cherish.”
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.