Ottawa, Apr 8 (Canadian-Media): It was reported by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), that the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities across the country has more than doubled since last week, media reports said.
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Multiple sources of information are monitored and tracked by for reporting on new cases of COVID-19 among First Nations people on reserve as well as in Inuit communities.
The numbers are not being publicly released, said Lisa Westaway, executive director of the Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre, as some community members were concerned about confidentiality which resulted in increased security and erection of privacy screens at the testing site.
She said out of 110 residents tested so far, 93 percent have tested negative.
There had been no occurrence of hospitalizations or deaths, and some people have recovered, she said.
The elected council of Six Nations of the Grand River Chief Mark Hill in a news release this week said they will be toughening their calls for people to stay home during the easter long weekend.
Hill also advised postponement of any scheduled celebrations till the community is free of COVID-19 virus to prevent a spring full of suffering and of loss.