The Government of Canada has released updated information related to COVID-19 for Indigenous Peoples and communities.
As of September 10, 2020, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is aware of these confirmed cases of COVID-19 for First Nations communities:
- 491 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19
- 42 hospitalizations
- 53 active cases
- 429 recovered cases
- 9 deaths
There has been a resurgence of positive case numbers among First Nations individuals living on reserve this week, like those being observed for the general Canadian population. This trend is moving in the wrong direction and serves as an important reminder of the importance to remain vigilant as fall begins.
Everyone needs to follow public health measures to keep COVID-19 cases down.
With the return to school this September, and the resumption of other seasonal activities that gradually lead indoors, we must limit the number of non-essential gatherings as much as possible.
Help stop the spread
- Avoid any non-essential trips in the community.
- Limit the size of group gatherings.
- Continue to maintain a physical distance of at least 2 arm-lengths (approximately 2 meters or 6 feet).
- Limit your contact with people at higher risk, such as seniors, those in poor health, or with underlying health conditions.
- Wear a non-medical mask when physical distancing is not possible.
- Follow the recommended public health guidelines outlined by Dr. Bonnie Henry
A Healthy Return to School
The return to school happens at the same time as the start of the influenza season. You can help reduce the spread of the seasonal flu by following the same practices as with COVID-19.
Furthermore, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is committed to supporting First Nation communities on keeping students healthy and safe as they return to school.
The recently announced $112 million national education funding will be allocated directly to First Nations, designated First Nations organizations, self-governing First Nations, and Federal schools to help keep First Nation children safe, based on community priorities and needs – be it a safe return to classrooms, a transition to an online education model, or a combination of both.
The funds could also support the hiring of additional teachers and support staff or meet technology needs that schools and students may have. ISC is in the process of finalizing allocations and will be distributing the funding directly to First Nation communities shortly.
Lastly, guidance documents from the Federal Government, Provincial Government, and Health Authorities have been shared to support First Nations in their assessments and preparations for safe school re-openings.
You can read the full news release here.