Meet the Chief: Chief Marcus Hardy says Red Rock First Nation battling to keep COVID-19 out

Red Rock First Nation Chief Marcus Hardy

By Victoria Gray Writer Red Rock First Nation has spent most of the pandemic trying to mitigate the social impacts of the pandemic and health directives had on their membership. The community of 330 is located near Nipigon, about 100 km east of Thunder Bay and the territory includes two reserves, Parmachene Reserve 53 and Lake Helen Reserve 53A, which sit on 950 acres. Elected Chief Marcus Hardy says the community only had five cases of COVID-19 make it into the community and the virus stayed contained despite high COVID-19 rates in surrounding communities. The first case infiltrated the community in February 2021 when three members of the same family testes positive. Then in April 2021 two more members tested positive, but all of them lived and the virus did…

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