Friday, August 7, 2020

Walpole Island bridge closure extended

Walpole Island First Nation officials say Council voted on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 to extend the closure of the bridge to non-members until the end of August.

Chief and Council will review this again at that time and make a decision based on community feedback and advice from their Health Team and Emergency Operations Control Group, Walpole Island officials say.

“We appreciated the cooperation and understanding from the community in helping us to keep our most vulnerable members safe,” stated Chief Daniel Miskokomon in a media release.

“The reality for us is that our community has a high prevalence of underlying health conditions that make many of our members more vulnerable to COVID-19, so we must take extra precautions to protect these individuals. We don’t want to lose any more members to COVID-19.”

Only Walpole Island First Nation members, full-time residents, and essential workers will be permitted to cross through the check point until further notice, Walpole Island officials say.

Walpole Island officials announced on Monday, July 27, 2020 that one new active case of COVID-19 had been confirmed on the First Nation reserve.

This new case was the first confirmed case on Walpole Island since the end of May and their 15th case in total.

Walpole Island officials say if anyone is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, they should self isolate immediately and call the Walpole Island Health Centre at 519-627-0765.

Walpole Island officials recommend calling Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 during the after hours.

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