The Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation is reporting no new additional COVID 19 cases in Deschambault Lake, since the initial outbreak of three cases Oct. 7.

However, Southend has two additional cases, bringing the total to six.

“There’s no more positive cases that have come back from testing in Deschambault Lake. So we’re at three currently,” explained Chief Peter Beatty.

“We did have a bunch of tests come back negative from people that were either attending the funeral in in Pelican Narrows or thought they were close contacts so they to went to get tested.”

The lockdown continues on the First Nation, restricting inter-community travel, but only allowing for essential mobility.

Schools were shuttered last week as a precaution to also be sanitized. Schools will remain closed this week, but could re-open Monday.

“This is our tentative date, target date of reopening is October the 19th, which should be next Monday, depending on what the situation is, towards the end of this week. Like I say it’s an ever changing environment. But we will make a positive and definite decision by the end of the week. I’ll be talking to my Director of Education to make sure that that’s still the target date for reopening of schools is October the 19th.”