Six Nations Covid numbers dropping

By Victoria Gray

Writer

Six Nations COVID-19 numbers are trending downward, while community members are encouraged to pick up rapid antigen tests.

Six Nations community members were encouraged to pick up COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits from locations across the reserve. The kits include five tests and are available for free, while supplies last.

Community members can pick up tests at Ohsweken Pharmasave, Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada and Six Nations Bingo Hall.

SNEC also said test kits are available at gas stations, convenience stores, laundry mats and restaurants, but did not include specific locations.

Six Nations reported 15 active COVID-19 cases. down from 27 active cases of COVID-19 on the territory on March 24.

There are 28 people in self-isolation and two community members in the hospital. Six Nations’ death toll stands at 24. The last death occurred on February 18.

Between March 22 and 28, 17 people tested positive through PCR tests, seven people self-reported a positive result on a Rapid Antigen test and 32 people recovered.

There have been a total of 1,556 COVID-19 cases on the territory since the pandemic started in March 2020.

The positivity rate in the community is 61 per cent and the risk factor is moderate, indicating the spread of the virus is declining.

The vaccination rate in the community has stagnated for the last two months and remains at 50 per cent of community members having two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and 55 per cent with two.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have risen to 790 across the province with 165 people in intensive care units.

Ontario reported another seven deaths were also reported, bringing the total death toll in the province to 12,414

Brantford is reporting 11 patients in hospital with one in the ICU. Hamilton is reporting 19 people in hospital and two in the ICU.

On March 29 Ontario released it’s “plan to stay open” which includes making $2 and $3 temporary wage increases for personal support workers (PSW) permanent. The plan also hinges on hiring and retaining more doctors, nurses and PSW’s with wage increases and to create more spaces in the education sector for healthcare workers.

The government also hopes to invest in manufacturing healthcare supplies and vaccines in the province, but the legislation has not been passed yet.

On Mach 21 masks were deemed optional in many Six Nations businesses, but Federal School children will continue to wear masks for the time being. Masks are still mandatory in high risk settlings.

“Masks must be worn in only high risk areas and individuals can choose to wear their masks if they choose too in other areas,” a statement from Six Nations Elected council said.

High risk areas include, long-term care homes and retirement homes; healthcare settings; shelters and congregate care centres as well as home and community care provider locations for both employees and contractors.

Although Six Nations does not operate its own, a mask is mandatory on public transit (including indoor and outdoor facilities) throughout the province.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, like a headache, loss of taste, cold or flu-like symptoms book a COVID-19 test at the Assessment Centre online at www.sixnationscovid19.ca, or by phone at 1-855-977-7737 or 226-446-9909.

Six Nations members are strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccination. To book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment visit www.sixnationscovid19.ca, or call the Vaccine Call Center at 226-227-9288.

For test results visit https://covid19results.ehealthontario.ca:4443/agree.

For anyone struggling and in need of support, the Six Nations Mobile Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day seven days a week at 519-445-2204 or 1-866-445-2204.

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