New data sheds light on total picture of Six Nations COVID-19 infections

OHSWEKEN — New statistical data, released by Six Nations of the Grand River Wednesday morning, gives an important insight into who in the community is contracting the virus.

The age groups most affected show that just under 60 people between the ages of 20-29 and under 40 people between the ages of 40-64 are contracting the virus. Interestingly, infection rates are divided equally between male-identifying (50.23%) and female-identifying (49.77%) people.

Six Nations is currently reporting 0 active cases of COVID-19 with no new infections. In total the community has seen 93 cases of the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic — including 92 resolved cases and one death.

In the last 7 days there have been 0 new infections.

Last week health officials posted that 71 people on Six Nations were reporting coronavirus symptoms and 128 tests completed.

The COVID-19 Assessment Centre has received 120 calls for the week of November 3.

On average, members have waited 1.25 days for a test.

The new statistics also include a comparison chart outlining the case rate on Six Nations in contrast to those surrounding communities.

As of Tuesday, November 3 there are 6 cases per 100,000 people on Six Nations. In contrast — Brantford is seeing 42 per 100,000, Haldimand-Norfolk is reporting 17 per 100,000, Hamilton has seen 32 per 100,000 and Toronto confirmed 80 per 100,000.

Reporting infection case rates per 100,000 allows communities to compare and contrast how communities of varying populations are faring the pandemic.

In the surrounding communities — Brantford was upgraded to yellow status in the provinces new colour coding Response Framework and reported 61 cases in the last 7 days. Five institutional outbreaks are being managed. The St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre Long-Term Care home has had one staff member test positive. All staff and residents are now being tested.

An outbreak was declared at the Brucefield Manor Retirement Home with 17 residents and 5 staff members testing positive.

An outbreak was declared at the Riverview Terrace Retirement Home with 10 residents and three staff members testing positive.

There are ongoing outbreaks at the Salon Mirage and Rejuvenate Cosmetic Clinic in the city of Brantford. No further infections have been reported from those outbreaks.

Dr. Elizabeth Urbantke, Acting Medical Officer of Health in Brantford-Brant says the majority of cases are linked to people having close physical contact with people outside of their household and is urging residents to stay home.

Haldimand-Norfolk is reporting 16 new cases in the last week and a total of 29 active cases with one ongoing outbreak at the Grandview Lodge where 3 staff members have tested positive.

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