Holiday visits contribute to high COVID-19 numbers on First Nations, says doctor – Winnipeg Sun

Holiday visits contribute to high COVID-19 numbers on First Nations, says doctor – Winnipeg Sun

by ahnationtalk on January 19, 202130 Views

Jan 19, 2021

Health experts have determined that the high rates of COVID-19 in First Nation communities are due to younger adults being in contact with each other during the holidays and underlying conditions are also a complicating factor.

According to Dr. Michael Routledge, medical advisor at Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc., who was speaking during a press conference on Tuesday, the transmission of the virus happened mostly during Christmas and New Year.

Additionally, challenges in terms of housing and access to clean drinking water within the First Nation communities have also contributed to the high number of hospitalizations as well as those in the ICU.

As of Jan. 18, Manitoba Indigenous people make up approximately three-quarters of active cases in the province and 62% of the new cases.

Read More: https://winnipegsun.com/news/news-news/holiday-visits-contribute-to-high-covid-19-numbers-on-first-nations-says-doctor

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