On-reserve COVID hospitalizations increased by nearly half in March

OTTAWA — Indigenous Services Canada says that there was a 45.5% increase in people living on reserves hospitalized due to COVID-19 in April.

In all there were 176 reported hospitalizations, an increase from March’s statistics.

Across Canada’s reserves there were 2,441 average daily reported active COVID-19 cases, marking a 9.6% decrease from March.

A total of 22 people died in April, an 18.5% decrease from March.

As of May 4, 2022: 687 communities on First Nations and Inuit territories are distributing COVID-19 vaccinations. A total of 1,159,593 doses have been administered, of that 444,500 were second doses and 178,777 were third doses.

Over 89% of individuals aged 12+ have received a second dose and over 37% have received a third dose.

Over 52% of children aged 5 to 11 have received at least 1 dose.

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