Jukasa News Update – Tuesday, April 7, 2020
All of the surrounding communities are reporting increases in coronavirus cases.
Hamilton has 170 confirmed cases – 5 people have died and 71 have recovered. Halton Region has 155. Niagara has 149 and Haldimand Norforlk has 81. Five people in Haldimand have died. There are 46 positive cases in Brant County and 9 on Six Nations of the Grand River.
Six Nations of the Grand River is warning residents to avoid Easter gatherings as the number of cases in the community rises to 9.
Elected Chief Mark Hill asked community members to postpone all Easter celebrations with guests until the pandemic outbreak in the community has resolved.
Six Nations Public Health also urged the community to practice physical distancing throughout the holiday and urged people to stay home unless it is absolutely necessary.
And ensure to keep their bodies and surroundings clean and disinfected to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
The first case of coronavirus in a remote northern reserve has reached the area.
One resident of Eabametoong First Nation tested positive for the virus Monday. The fly-in reserve is 300 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.
Community officials declared a state of emergency and now say military intervention is needed with medical supports to provide community isolation and treatment because there is no adequate housing infrastructure for members to self-isolate.
The community is asking military to construct a field hospital able to treat between 50-100 people.
The reserve has been under a boil water advisory since 2001 – making safe hand washing advice harder to follow.
The infected person had just recently returned to the community from Thunder Bay and is now self-isolating at home.
COVID-19 is distracting the federal and provincial governments from helping 2000 Kachechewan residents forced to evacuate each spring due to flooding.
The evacuation has become an annual event.
But federal NDP MP Charlie Angus and his Ontario counterpart Guy Bourgouin, whose respective ridings include Kashechewan, say they have yet to see a plan for helping the community this year as the federal and provincial governments appear preoccupied with COVID-19.
The federal government relocated the community along the Albany River in the 1950s against the advice of community members – who warned of the risk of flooding but say they were ignored.
The annual evacuation costs millions and residents say this year they are wary of moving because the risk of pandemic spread to community members is a real threat.
- Previous Jukasa News Update – Monday, April 6, 2020
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