SAUGEEN – Saugeen Ojibway Nation reported a COVID-19 variant outbreak at reserve #29, initially saying there may be 13 cases, but an update on June 27 said they now have 27 cases of what is being called the Delta variant, which originated in India.
“Most of our people have been vaccinated but those who haven’t appear to be those who have contracted the variant,” Saugeen First Nation’s Chief Lester Anoquot said in a press release. “We will keep everyone up to date.”
All businesses, including the women's shelter and the day care, are to remain closed until further notice. Everyone is asked to stay at home, observe all health guidelines, and continue wearing masks in public and staying self-isolated.
“Although the OPP will maintain patrols we are not anticipating laying charges at this point,” says Chief Anoquot. “Unfortunately, some people are not taking this seriously. We are saying maintain distancing, avoid local interaction with others, follow the protocols of washing your hands and wear masks.”
Saugeen Councillor Melissa Snowdon provided a YouTube update to members of the band.
“Even if you are feeling well …even if you are only out grocery shopping,” she said.
Snowdon asked people to practice social distancing, wear their masks, and only go out for essential items at this time.
Saugeen band council was scheduled to meet on June 28 to discuss further options and provide direction to the community.
Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times