COVID-19 outbreak on Six Nations claims another life

OHSWEKEN — A raging outbreak of COVID-19 on Six Nations has claimed another life this week, bringing the total number of lives lost in the community to 3.

Six Nations of the Grand River announced the member’s passing on Tuesday morning and issued condolences to the grieving family.

The council says that due to the significant risk of community transmission, Six Nations will remain in a Black Alert lockdown despite surrounding areas in the re-opening.

Haldimand-Norfolk and Brantford-Brant, the two regions that immediately surround Six Nations both transitioned to Orange – Restrict in the province’s COVID-19 Response Framework.

Outlying regions including Hamilton, Halton and Waterloo have transitioned to Red – Control while Niagara is being held in Grey – Lockdown.

Toronto, York and Peel will remain under stay-at-home orders until February 22.

SNGR issued a warning to community residents of an increased risk of transmitting COVID-19 on the territory after they were informed of community members travelling across the border and not following quarantine orders. Another warning was issued after longhouse ceremonies were conducted at Six Nations with hundreds of incoming non-residents in attendance who did not adhere to social distancing, handwashing or mask protocols.

Six Nations currently has one of the worst outbreaks in the entire province with 44 active cases.

Other communities of interest connected to Six Nations families include: Fort Erie, 26 active cases; Niagara Falls, 87 active cases; St. Catharines, 103 active cases; Akwesasne, 26 active cases; Oneida Nation of the Thames, 3 active cases; Tyendinaga, 2 active cases.

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