COVID-19 outbreak at Oneida Nation of the Thames grows to 33 cases

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A COVID-19 outbreak at a First Nation reserve near London, Ont., has grown to 33 cases.

Middlesex-London Health Unit says an outbreak at the Oneida Long-Term Care Home was declared on Jan. 5.

The health unit's medical officer of health says COVID-19 vaccinations were given at the reserve's long-term care home today.

Dr. Chris Mackie says the health unit first launched the on-site vaccination at Oneida because of Indigenous communities' vulnerability to the virus.

Oneida Nation of the Thames has implemented a community-wide 8 p.m. curfew on Sunday and says the measures will be in place for at least two weeks.

Chief Adrian Chrisjohn says fines of $750 are imposed on anyone hosting social gatherings.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 11, 2021.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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