Six Nations reports 15th COVID-19 death

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Six Nations Public Health is again calling on band members to get vaccinated after a recent death on the reserve was attributed to COVID-19.

The death — the 15th confirmed COVID-related fatality on Six Nations of the Grand River territory since the pandemic began — was announced by elected council on Friday.

As of Friday, there were 21 active cases on the reserve, with one patient in hospital and 109 band members in self-isolation.

In a statement, elected council members said they were “saddened to see this virus claim another life on the territory and send their sincere condolences to the loved ones of this community member.”

“The number of active COVID-19 cases on Six Nations is beginning to rise again,” the statement read.

“Please continue to follow public health guidelines (wearing a mask, washing/sanitizing your hands, physical distancing, etc.) to do your part to protect our people.”

Anyone with potential COVID-19 symptoms or who was in contact with a possible case should get tested, health officials said.

Nearly 54 per cent of all on-reserve band members are fully vaccinated, according to public health. That figure includes children under 12, who only just became eligible to get the shot.

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

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