The prevalence of COVID-19 in the northern community of Fond du Lac, has essential supplies running low.

The Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation said the cleaning supplies have already run out. Other items like Pediasure, cough syrup, throat lozenges, nasal sprays and other baby goods are in limited supply.

“We’re running into problems is where it relates to more of the medication that you would need if you’re sick. Whether it’s cough syrup and medications that you would need while you’re sick,” explained Diane McDonald the COVID-19 Coordinator for the First Nation.

“We’re basically cleaned out all both stores with the cleaning supplies.”

As supplies run low, some residents are resorting to purchasing goods from southern stores, yet the cost of freight is increasing to get their essential items in a timely manner.

“We’re just a small-town community. And certainly, we don’t have that sort of stock in some of these things,” explained McDonald. “We want to make sure that the families get what they can.”

The community of 1000 has 39 active COVID-19 cases and approximately 210 people in contact tracing. This is greatly straining front line health workers.

McDonald recommends that people exercise precautions when out in public to help prevent the spread of the virus.