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First Nations communities have low number of COVID-19 cases

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:27 PDT, Fri June 26, 2020

Fewer than 100 First Nations individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 through June 14, according to data from the First Nations Health Authority shared this morning.

“The low impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous peoples in BC that we have seen so far is a result of ongoing collaboration and an unwavering commitment by community and health leaders to put appropriate measures in place to protect communities,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Enhanced measures and support for rural and remote communities will help with safety until there is an effective treatment or vaccine. But the low number of cases are the result of hard work and continued caution.

“The need to put aside important cultural gatherings to maintain a safe physical distance and to limit visitors has had a great social, mental and economic impact on many,” said Henry. “It also reminds us of the resilience that First Nations communities continue to display in the face of hardships.”

In a joint statement today, Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix also announced 10 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 2,878 cases in British Columbia. This total includes a data correction of one case from yesterday’s report.

There was one new COVID-19 related death, but no new health-care facility or community outbreaks.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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