Kettle & Stony Point Chief being tested for COVID-19 (VIDEO)

Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation Chief Jason Henry. Screenshot from Facebook message posted April 22, 2020.

The Chief of Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation is being tested for COVID-19.

In a Facebook message to residents of the First Nation Wednesday, Jason Henry admitted he’s been a little under the weather.

“I came down with some swollen lymph nodes on Monday,” Henry said. “Checked in with my doctor and they’ve asked me to stay home and have some blood work done and in light of the fact that I’m Indigenous and I have this sore lymph node and a little bit of phlegm they’ve asked me to report to a testing centre today for a swab for the coronavirus.”

Henry said he had no fever, or any other symptoms and officials highly suspect his symptoms were the onset of strep throat or mono.

He said he’s limiting his travel to medical tests only, will continue to work from home and plans to update the First Nation when he receives his test results.

Henry said he’s been working with the County of Lambton to establish a testing centre in the First Nation.

“We’re just assembling some more questions and some more requests to the county on how we can make that happen, working on some jurisdictional issues between the province and the feds on that. We’ve heard back that it looks positive in regards to us establishing our 12-unit isolation centre here at the First Nation.”

Henry also said a small community garden was being built at the health centre and soil was being offered to residents who wish to make their own.

Meanwhile, cottagers have been told to stay away from Kettle & Stony Point First Nation for the time being.

Chief Jason Henry said four of six access roads into the First Nation have been closed to try to limit the number of visitors due to COVID-19.