Six Nations Remaining in Stage 2

BRANTFORD – The Brant County Health Unit reported no new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. To date a total of 148 residents have tested positive, 133 recovered and four people have died.

There are currently eleven active cases in Brantford and Brant County,
all patients are recovering at home.

There are 30 active cases in Haldimand and Norfolk. The Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit reported no new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, leaving the total number of positive cases unchanged at 463, including 401 recoveries and 32 deaths.

Ontario health officials reported 88 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and 91 on Tuesday, marking significant drops from earlier in the long weekend.
Four more people died of COVID-19 on Tuesday, with no deaths reported Monday. Ontario reported 116 new cases on Sunday, 124 on Saturday and 134 on Friday. Canada reported 147 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and two new deaths as the country celebrated the Civic Holiday amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Six Nations of the Grand River has decided to remain in stage 2 of the recovery plan. The elected council recently voted to stay in phase 2, and the decision has received support from the Six Nations Emergency Control Group. Public health officials on Six Nations say their community is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Over-crowding and multi-family homes are optimal sites for the spread of COVID-19. They also cite limited access to clean water, health care, food insecurity, and access to nutritious foods to help fight illness.

There are currently no active COVID-19 cases on Six Nations of the Grand River, and the elected band council would like to keep it that way. Elected Chief Mark Hill says, the fact that indigenous populations have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 prompted the council’s decision to maintain the current restrictions on gathering sizes and which on-reserve businesses can reopen.

The council is encouraging Six Nations members to continue to stay home, avoid non-essential travel — including cross-border trips to the United States — and practice physical distancing and frequent handwashing. Face masks are also mandatory inside public spaces and public transportation on Six Nations. There are exceptions for toddlers, residents with medical conditions, and employees behind a physical barrier or who work in a business that is not open to the public.