Feds Offer Support To First Nations Amidst Delta Surge

By Jeremy Appel Local Journalism Initiative Reporter In the span of one month, COVID cases have increased by 420 per cent in First Nations communities, according to a letter from a senior federal health official. Dr. Chris Sarin, senior medical officer of health for Indigenous Services Canada, notes a Delta variant-driven surge in COVID cases across Alberta has spread to 35 First Nations communities. There have been 317 cases recorded on First Nations communities in Alberta during August, he wrote on Aug. 25 in a letter posted to Facebook by the Beaver Lake Cree Nation. Some cases are connected with the Alberta Indigenous Games, which took place this year in Edmonton, Sarin added. The provincial regime of widespread testing, contact tracing and isolation is scheduled to end Sept. 27. As…

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