Pelican Narrows COVID-19 outbreak reaches 87 active cases

The outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Pelican Narrows is growing. The community’s health station has reported 87 active cases within the area.

One new confirmed case - along with one new recovery - was reported by the community's Angelique Canada Health Centre Wednesday. The centre conducted 64 swab tests and two rapid Gene-X tests Wednesday. The community has sent 294 swab tests to the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory in Regina - results are still pending for 194 tests, according to the centre.

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Provincial data released Dec. 2 shows 238 new cases of COVID-19 across Saskatchewan, including 16 new cases in the far north east region. Two of those cases were reported in the part of the zone containing La Ronge and other communities, the far north east 1 region, where 72 people have active COVID-19 cases. According to the new government data, 14 new active cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday in the far north east 2 region, which includes Creighton, Denare Beach, Sandy Bay, Pelican Narrows and other nearby communities. In the far north east 2 health zone, 93 people currently have COVID-19.

The health centre is reporting that over 500 people in Pelican Narrows are in isolation, either due to having COVID-19, being exposed to COVID-19 or having close contacts who have tested positive.

Pelican Narrows is still under a lockdown order to prevent further spread of COVID-19 within the community - the community issued the order Nov. 21, including checkpoints along Highway 135, instituting a 10 p.m. local curfew, banning gatherings and parties, mandating masks and asking residents to limit time shopping or spent outside the community.

An outbreak was declared in the community by the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA) Nov. 23 after "an increasing number of confirmed cases with evidence of community transmission" according to a public service announcement.

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