New COVID-19 deaths in Haldimand-Norfolk, Six Nations

·2 min read

A resident of Haldimand-Norfolk and a Six Nations band member died of COVID-19 earlier this week.

Ohsweken Public Health reported the territory’s 10th COVID-19 death on Tuesday, and confirmed the next morning the patient died on Monday.

One COVID-19 patient had been in hospital earlier in the week, but as of Tuesday public health listed no hospitalized patients in its daily report.

In a media release, band councillors extended their condolences to the loved ones of the deceased.

“Six Nations Elected Council sends their thoughts, prayers, and good medicine to those who have lost a loved one to COVID-19, and to all those who have been impacted by this horrible virus,” councillors said.

There remain four active cases on Six Nations, with 121 people in self-isolation.

The reserve has reported 447 total cases throughout the pandemic, with 434 recoveries and 10 deaths.

Positive COVID-19 cases have been climbing for weeks in Haldimand-Norfolk, driven in large part by the rapid spread of the coronavirus variant first reported in the U.K. But the worst outcome was avoided until Tuesday, when the health unit reported the region’s 40th death caused by COVID-19.

The deceased was living in the community but the health unit provided no further details, citing privacy concerns.

“I’d like to extend my sincerest condolences to the individual’s family and friends at this difficult time,” said medical officer of health Dr. Shanker Nesathurai.

“COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to our community, especially with the presence of variants of concern. We must continue to be vigilant in preventing its spread by following all public health measures, including staying home when possible and avoiding non-essential travel.”

As of Wednesday morning, there were 191 active cases of COVID-19 in Haldimand-Norfolk, with the health unit reporting that same number of new cases over the past seven days.

Since the start of the pandemic 1,880 residents have tested positive, with 1,644 recovering and 40 confirmed to have died of COVID-19, while the deaths of five COVID-positive patients were deemed unrelated to the disease.

J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator