Update: Member of Samson Cree Nation has tested positive for COVID-19

Positive test comes after contact with a COVID-19 positive non-resident member that recently visited

Image: Facebook/Samson Cree Nation

A member of Samson Cree Nation is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.

The positive test comes after contact tracing following a non-resident who visited Maskwacis and Ma-Me-O Beach who later tested positive for COVID-19.

Samson Cree Nation put out a warning on social media on July 12 that a non-resident member who visited the community had recently tested positive.

A community health nurse with Maskwacis Health Services informed the First Nation of the potential for transmission in the community.

In a release, recently re-elected Samson Cree Nation Chief Vern Saddleback said, “We have been anticipating the spread of COVID-19 into the community and have been taking every precaution to detect, trace, and limit the spread of infection locally.”

In March, all four Maskwacis First Nations declared a state of local emergency and implemented an emergency management plan in anticipation of a COVID-19 outbreak.

In light of the positive case, the Samson Cree Nation has re-initiated its lock-down of the townsite effective July 12.

Testing for COVID-19 is available weekdays at sites throughout Maskwacis and more information is available by calling Maskwacis Health Services at 780-585-2020.

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