Six Nations and area COVID-19 cases are rising slowly

By Victoria Gray
Writer
Ohsweken Public Health reported one new COVID-19 case in the community on August 5.
Four people are still in self isolation, no community members are currently in the hospital for COVID-19.
The new case brings the total of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 to 530.
This is the first case recorded on the territory since July 20 when two cases were confirmed.
Currently, 5,288 Six Nations band members who live on reserve, about 41 per cent, have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 37 per cent, 4,788 people, have gotten their second dose of the vaccine.
Katie Montour, communications assistant for Six Nations Elected Council said public health has seen about a 1 per cent increase in vaccinations on a weekly basis.
The community entered the Green Level Alert Status on July 16, when the community had zero cases for several weeks and although Montour says staff continue to evaluate the situation, the community will remain in Green for now.
The mass vaccination clinic at the Gaylord Powless Arena closed in June, and vaccinations are now given at Ohsweken Public Health on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month. People can book a COVID-19 vaccine online at www.sixnationscovid19.ca and click the “Get Vaccinated” button, or call the vaccine call centre at 226-227-9288, Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Despite low cases locally, Brantford and County of Brant’s COVID-19 numbers are increasing more steadily with nine new cases reported on Monday, bringing their total active cases to 18.
On Friday Brant County Health reported one person in the hospital. That number grew over the weekend and they are now reporting four people in the hospital.
There have been 3,462 cases in Brantford since March 2020.
Hamilton’s cases are also on the rise with 89 cases reported over the weekend bringing the total number of active cases to 178.
As of Monday, seven outbreaks were reported involving 35 cases across the city. Three of the outbreaks involve shelters, which accounts for nine cases.
They are 22 people in both Hamilton hospitals with COVID-19, 10 in ICU’s.
Vaccination rates in both Hamilton and Six Nations have slowed and they have not reached the provincial average of 63 per cent. Montour said SNEC continues to try to educate the community in an effort to encourage vaccination by providing information on the COVID-19 vaccine to the community through radio, newspaper, social media posts to help people make informed decisions about getting the vaccine
SNEC also held vaccine Webinars that were live streamed on Facebook.
Montour said most of those people had already gotten the vaccine and wanted to ive friends and family the information.
“We believe these measures have been successful as we are still continuing to see people coming into Ohsweken Public Health to get their first and second doses, and people have been engaging with the informative materials on social media,” she said.

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