New case on Six Nations, death in Brantford and outbreak declared at Brantford General Hospital

BRANTFORD — One new case of COVID-19 was confirmed on Six Nations and a Brantford woman has died of the virus just days after an outbreak was declared at Brantford General Hospital’s emergency room.

Six Nations new confirmed case marks the 16th case of coronavirus on Six Nations since the beginning of the pandemic – including one death.

Meanwhile a 90 year old female who had battled the virus in hospital died Tuesday morning. Health officials say the case was not related to the outbreak in the Brantford General Hospital and that the woman contracted the virus through travel outside of Canada.

On Sunday, Brant Community Healthcare Systems posted notification of an outbreak at BGH to social media saying two staff members, one a resident of Brant County and one a resident of another jurisdiction, tested positive for coronavirus.

The statement says the two separate cases at BGH were employees in the emergency room, that the two cases are not related and do not appear to have any connections.

Health officials with BCHS told TRT that an outbreak is declared in a hospital setting when two or more persons test positive for the virus, and say all persons who had contact with the positive cases have been contacted and that no patients were affected.

There were two previous outbreaks of COVID-19 at BGH in April. Five staff were infected and one patient contracted the virus while in hospital.

Currently in Brantford-Brant there are a total of 149 cases were reported, 137 of those have resolved. Five deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in the region.

Haldimand-Norfolk has 29 active cases. The region has confirmed 466 positive cases including 405 recoveries and 32 deaths.

Indigenous Services Canada says there are a total of 422 confirmed coronavirus cases on First Nations in Canada.

34 of those patients have been hospitalized and 381 of those have recovered.

A total of 17 confirmed cases related to an outbreak in Nunavik Quebec have all recovered.

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