COVID cases on the rise as spring wave expected

OHSWEKEN — Six Nations is seeing local case numbers rise as provincial health officials are predicting the arrival of a spring wave of a new Omicron sub variant BA.2.

SNGR is reporting an increase in cases with 15 active cases, 28 people in self isolation and 2 people in hospital.

Provincially, COVID 19 hospitalizations in Ontario rose 20 per cent in just one day — from Monday to Tuesday.

Health officials in the US say BA.2 variant infections make up 86% of reported cases though the actual number is likely much higher due to a reduced number of cases being tested as well as the variant being tougher to confirm by either a RAT or PCR test.

BA.2 is considered to be even more transmissible than the original Omicron variant but so far is not being noted for more serious disease.

Ontario reported 790 people in hospital with COVID-19 and 165 in intensive care Tuesday, up from 655 in hospital and 158 in intensive care on Monday.

Ontario’s top doctor, Dr. Kieran Moore, has said he expected the BA.2 variant to become dominant this month.

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