By Victoria Gray
COVID-19 cases on Six Nations are spiking.
As of September 6th 2021, Six Nations Health Services reported 36 active cases of COVID-19 on the territory and 122 people in self-isolation. One community member remains in hospital. There have been 27 cases confirmed in the last seven days.
This spike brings the total number of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 to 588. The death toll remains 11.
SNEC communications officer Katie Montour said “At this time there are no factors linking the rise in cases to Community Awareness. The current Alert Level is being re-evaluated this week, and schools have put their own measures in place to ensure the health and safety of students. We continue to encourage community members to get vaccinated and continue to be diligent in following public health guidelines.”
Although Six Nations remains in the Green Level Alert Status the indicator thresholds for transmission in the community remain in the red and there is a 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.
Katie Montour, Six Nations Elected Council’s communications assistant 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.
Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) is reporting four active cases in the community and the death toll remains at 1.
“With the rise of cases in our community and in surrounding areas we are asking everyone to please continue to do your part to ensure our Nation is as safe as possible during these challenging times. We are all in this together,” MCFN said in a statement.
They have reported over 60 per cent of the community is vaccinated and they are urging as many people as possible to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible as they work to set up a third vaccination clinic on the territory.
“If you have the opportunity to receive the vaccine elsewhere in the meantime, we highly recommend you do so,” the statement said.
Vaccination rates on both territories are behind the rest of Ontario, with a little more than 73.8 per cent of people having the first dose and 68 per cent having had two doses.
Those who were vaccinated at clinics in MCFN can update their vaccination status on COVaxON by contacting their local Public Health Unit and to receive the proof of vaccination paperwork email first and last names, dates of birth, address, updated phone number, date of vaccinations and a health or status card number to email@example.com.
Ontario reported 581 cases on Labour Day and 564 cases on Tuesday.
Hamilton currently has 447 active cases, with 149 new cases reported on Tuesday. The death toll remains the same at 407.
There are 30 active COVID-19 cases in Haldimand-Norfolk counties and 74 per cent of residents have received two doses of the vaccine.
Brantford has 77 active cases, 26 were reported over the long weekend, nine people are in hospital, down from 11, but two more deaths were added to the toll. 72 per cent of people in Brantford have received two doses of the vaccine.
SNEC did not respond to requests for comment.
By Victoria Gray