The Walpole Island bridge will remain closed until the end of August.
The Walpole Island First Nation Council voted in favour to keep the community closed to non-members at a recent meeting this past Tuesday, July 28th.
Chief and Council will review this again at that time and make a decision based on community feedback and advice from our Health Team and Emergency Operations Control Group.
Only Walpole Island First Nation members, full-time residents, and essential workers will be permitted to cross through the check point until further notice.
“We appreciated the cooperation and understanding from the community in helping us to keep our most vulnerable members safe,” says Chief Daniel Miskokomon. “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.”
Walpole Island also reported a new active case of COVID-19 earlier this week. In total, Walpole Island has had 15 positive cases, with 99 community members tested and one death.
Walpole’s COVID-19 numbers are associated with the Lambton County Health Unit.