Six Nations reports first COVID-19 variant cases

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After watching the number of active COVID-19 cases fall over the past week, Ohsweken Public Health is fighting on a new front now that Six Nations of the Grand River has confirmed its first two cases of a more contagious COVID-19 variant.

News of the first case came to public health from the lab March 18, with the second case confirmed on Monday, when both were announced publicly.

The affected individuals are in self-isolation and contact tracing is underway.

“The presence of a variant of concern found in the territory should be taken very seriously,” said Lori Davis Hill, director of Six Nations Health Services.

“It is a reminder that everyone must remain vigilant with protective measures with anyone outside of their own household.”

Hill did not say which variant has been found on the reserve.

The news comes as Six Nations reports plummeting COVID numbers, a hopeful sign after a prolonged surge in cases and several recent deaths.

As of Monday, there were 18 active cases on the reserve, with one patient in hospital.

Eight band members have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

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