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Monday , 26 October 2020

Three Lakeland First Nations with active COVID-19 cases

Twenty-four total active cases among Saddle Lake, Kehewin, Whitefish nations.

Three Lakeland area First Nations are reporting active cases of COVID-19.

Saddle Lake, Kehewin, and Whitefish (Goodfish) have confirmed cases of the virus as of Sunday night with a growing number of infections in the Lakeland.

There are now 20 active cases in Saddle Lake Cree Nation, with three recoveries over the course of nearly two weeks. Since Sept. 7, the nation has been under stricter travel limits and non-essential services were shut down.

Kehewin Cree Nation reported their first infection on Saturday and band officials have ushered in sweeping measures in response.

Masks are to be worn in all public spaces and there will be restrictive access to the nation, while Muriel Lake residents should be allowed access.

These measures will be re-evalutated on October 5. Kehewin School is closed until October 15.

On Saturday, there were 178 pending tests with one active case out of over 800 tests.

Officials are looking to have drive-in testing available on Monday.

Goodfish Lake officials are reporting three active cases of the virus as of this weekend.

Just over 350 tests (354) have been completed since the nation’s first confirmed case and offered testing this weekend.

Whitefish (Goodfish) COVID cases as of Saturday. Image credit: Whitefish Lake Cree Nation.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connect Media. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.