Six Nations mourns deaths of elders at Iroquois Lodge due to Covid-19

Three elders at Iroquois Lodge have died due to Covid-19 as the community’s death toll from the virus now reaches 23.

On Feb. 9, Ohsweken Public Health notified Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council of three COVID-19 deaths associated with Iroquois Lodge. These community members passed on Jan. 15, Jan. 26, and Feb. 1, 2022. Reporting of these deaths was delayed due to the requirement of verifying that the causes of death were related to COVID-19.

An additional death within the community was reported on Feb. 10.

Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council sent condolences to the families of these community members.

“SNGREC would also like to commend the staff of Iroquois Lodge for their ongoing efforts to keep residents safe from this virus,” SNGREC said in a press release.

This now brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths on Six Nations to 23.

Community transmission of COVID-19 remains high at this time.

SNGREC advises people to continue following public health guidelines to protect yourself and others, including wearing a medical-grade mask, avoiding large gatherings and crowds, physical distancing, and self-isolating if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please book a test at the Assessment Centre either online at www.sixnationscovid19.ca, or by phone at 1-855-977-7737 or 226-446-9909. Rapid antigen test results can also be reported to Ohsweken Public Health by calling 519-445-2672.

COVID-19 vaccine appointments are still available for first, second and third doses, as well as vaccines for children ages 5 and up.

Walk-ins are available according to the clinic schedule, and appointments can also be booked online at www.sixnationscovid19.ca or over the phone at 226-227-9288.

If you or someone you know is struggling and needs assistance, the Six Nations Mobile Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 519-445-2204 or toll-free at 1-866-445-2204.

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