By Victoria Gray
COVID-19 cases on Six Nations and in the surrounding areas continue to rise as Health Services prepares to give long-term care residents a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Katie Montour Six Nations Elected Council (SNEC) communications assistant said said Health Services informed her that Iroquois Lodge is “now preparing to offer the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents in collaboration with Ohsweken Public Health.”
Six Nations currently has 18 active cases of the virus, bringing the total number of cases since March 2020 to 561. There are currently 72 people in self-isolation and one person is in the hospital.
That’s down from two people in hospital on Monday. There have been no more deaths reported and the total number of deaths in the territory remains 11.
There have been 12 cases reported in the last seven days and the positivity rate for tests is 29 per cent.
Six Nations will continue to stay in the Green Alert Level Status, with all businesses able to operate with capacity restrictions based on the ability for customers to maintain six foot social distancing.
“We remain in Alert Level Green at this time, however, we are still strongly encouraging people to follow the recommendations for masking and getting tested if they have any symptoms to assist with monitoring for the virus,” Katie Montour SNEC communications assistant said.
Six Nations COVID-19 website indicators section is in the red, which means community transmission is on the rise and there is very high risk to community members.
According to the website the vaccination rate in the community has not changed in recent weeks with 42 per cent of adults in the community have received the first dose of the vaccine and 38 per cent having had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Montour said in the eligible population (those who are 12 years of age and older), 54 per cent of people have received their first dose, and 49 per cent have received both doses.
This number is far behind the rest of Ontario, with a little more than 73 per cent of people having the first dose and 67 per cent having had two doses.
The Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) is reporting nine new cases in the last 24 hours. There are now 59 active cases in the city and 16 people in the hospital. Since the beginning of the pandemic there has been 3,614 cases and 22 deaths.
A new feature on BCHU’s website is a breakdown of cases by vaccinations status since June 14, 2021. Unvaccinated people account for 73 per cent of cases in the city, or 166 people; 11 per cent of cases have occurred in fully vaccinated people or, 25 cases and 15 per cent of cases are occurring in people in with one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, or 35 cases.
In Brantford, as of August 29, 77 per cent of eligible adults have received one dose of the vaccine and 72 per cent have had two doses; 77 per cent of children over the age of 12 have gotten one dose of the vaccine and 71 per cent have had both doses.
The city had started to give third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to immunocompromised and long-term case residents, or live in a retirement facility, with 619 third doses given.
Hamilton is reporting 503 cases of COVID-19 with 44 in the last 24 hours, there have been more than 23,000 COVID-cases in the city since the beginning of the pandemic. There has been one new death reported bringing the total to 406.
There are 17 people with the virus bring treated at St. Joseph’s Healthcare with six in the ICU, bringing their capacity to 70 per cent.
There are 32 people with COVID-19 in Hamilton Health Sciences with 10 patients in the ICU, bringing their capacity to 80 per cent.
By Victoria Gray