First Nations to Remain Vigilant Amongst Growing Rates of COVID-19 in Manitoba
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First Nations to Remain Vigilant Amongst Growing Rates of COVID-19 in Manitoba

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Brandon Manitoba has now become the COVID-19 hot spot in Canada

As of this morning, 196 active cases were reported for Manitoba with 6 current hospitalizations and 3 people in the Intensive Care Unit. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 558.

“Today I am reminding everyone to continue to be vigilant in response to growing rates of COVID-19 in Manitoba,” stated Grand Chief Garrison Settee. “Although we have no cases in Northern Manitoba for now, we want to remind everyone to follow recommended public health measures to help prevent the spread of this virus.”

First Nations to Remain Vigilant Amongst Growing Rates of COVID-19 in Manitoba

Public health measures people can take to help slow the spread of COVID-19 include practicing frequent hand washing for 20 seconds; following physical distancing measures—stay six feet away from people who are outside of your household; wearing non-medical masks when in places where physical distancing cannot be maintained; staying home if having any symptoms that could be from COVID-19; cleaning/disinfecting commonly touched surfaces; following gathering size orders; and getting tested if experiencing symptoms that last more than 24 hours.   

Most MKO First Nations had restricted travel earlier this year in response to the pandemic. MKO encourages communities north of the 53rd parallel to continue to monitor and consider restricting travellers coming in and out of their First Nations in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

First Nations to Remain Vigilant Amongst Growing Rates of COVID-19 in Manitoba

As of August 4, 2020, the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in First Nations peoples in Manitoba is 17. There are no confirmed cases in First Nations communities. There have been 10,834 tests conducted for First Nations across Manitoba since the pandemic began.

“We are living through a pandemic. We all must work diligently to help protect the health of First Nations peoples,” said Grand Chief Settee. “I encourage First Nations citizens to remain calm and not panic. Do not feel embarrassed or ashamed to seek out a COVID test if you have symptoms. Encourage others around you to get tested if they are showing symptoms. Let’s continue working together and supporting each other to help keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.”

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