OHSWEKEN — Six Nations announced another massive spike in local COVID infections Tuesday, just days after the community mourns the loss of another community member to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ohsweken Public Health reported 43 active COVID-19 infections on Tuesday with another 119 people in self-isolation awaiting results.
Currently 1 person is in hospital.
Of the currently active cases, 76% are in unvaccinated residents of Six Nations.
On Friday, officials with Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council announced the passing of community member. This marks the 15th individual from Six Nations to lose their life due to complications from a COVID-19 infection.
“Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council are added to see this virus claim another life on the territory and send their sincere condolences to the loved ones of this community member,” said SNGR in a statement.
The council also cautioned the community to maintain physical distancing protocols and get a COVID-19 vaccine in light of the continued rise in infections locally.
The current infection rate on Six Nations again places the community at the highest case rate per 100,000 in the province with a reproduction rate of 328.43 per 100,000.
Locally, Brant County is sitting at 26 cases per 100,000 and Haldimand/Norfolk is at 58 cases per 100,000.
In Brant County, health officials announced it was the fifth week of a rise in cases with a spike in transmissions at public schools and their transportation routes. Plans to distribute take-home rapid antigen tests to publicly funded schools are now underway.