Six Nations is mourning the loss of a 13th community member to COVID-19.
The latest death was announced by Six Nations of the Grand River and comes only a week after another community member succumbed to the virus, while a fourth wave of COVID-19 rips through the community.
There are currently 27 active cases of the virus in the community with 18 new positive cases diagnosed in the last week. Case rates on the Territory now are largely driven by the Delta variant, said to be more contagious than previous versions of the virus. Delta is the dominant variant currently circulating the globe.
“Six Nations Council sends its deepest condolences to the family and those impacted by the tragic loss of this community member,” said SNGR in a statement.
The Delta variant now makes up the majority of positive cases on Six Nations, with 31 cases screened positive for the variant and 91 cases altogether having tested positive for any variant of concern. Six Nations also has the highest per capita positive case rate in the province right now, with 140.76 cases per 100,000 residents.
By comparison, the Brant County Health Unit has a rate of 44 cases per 100,000 people.
SNGR and Six Nations Health Services have not released any names or other data about the positive cases, including age and gender, citing confidentiality.
To date, the community has had 666 positive COVID-19 cases.
“We recognize this is a challenging time for many,” council said.
Anyone struggling right now is encouraged to call the Six Nations Mobile Crisis line available 24/7 toll free at 1-866-445-2204.