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% during the pandemic”,”text”:”It’s not surprising. This number has fluctuated between 40 and 50% during the pandemic”}}”>It’s not surprising. This number has fluctuated between 40 and 50% during the pandemic, explains Melanie MacKinnon. She adds that First Nations represent only 12% of Manitoba’s population.

According to the Pandemic Response Team’s daily bulletin of January 18, 152 First Nations people were hospitalized due to the virus, including 57 in communities, and 95 outside.

In all, 20 people are in intensive care, 12 of whom live outside a community.

Melanie MacKinnon says it’s difficult to determine how many reported First Nations cases are due to variants because of the time it takes to get test results.

We are waiting for the clinical officials in the province to inform us of the sequencing between the Omicron variant and the Delta variant, she says. But we have learned that there are still a number of Delta variant infections in the hospital.

Whether the infections are due to the Delta variant or the Omicron variant, Melanie MacKinnon remains concerned.

There is a lot of talk about the Omicron variant being less severe, but we are not yet able to verify this.

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Outbreak in the First Nation of BlackRiver

On Wednesday, leaders of the First Nation of BlackRiver sent a letter to their members announcing an outbreak of COVID-19.

On January 18, there were 7 new cases, 23 active cases, and there were 60 people in isolation in the community, located 120 kilometers northeast of Winnipeg.

The Chief of the First Nation of BlackRiver, Sheldon Kent, says the community has lost several members to COVID-19.

They went to hospitals for other services and they caught the virus there, and died of it., says Sheldon Kent.

These are vulnerable people who have a compromised immune system, patients with cancer or on dialysis. »

A quote from Sheldon Kent, Chief of the Black River First Nation

Sheldon Kent says he and everyone in his household tested positive this month and he fears it may be the Omicron variant.

We have not yet had confirmation of the type of virus present in our community, but given the way it spreads, we suspect it is the Omicron variant.

Sheldon Kent adds that it is increasingly difficult to contain the spread of the disease and to continue contact tracing.

The band council said in its letter that it would only test people with symptoms, adding that the community is facing a shortage of rapid tests.

Amazon and from different vendors, but they still haven’t arrived in the community. We’re content with what we can get from the provincial governments, but they’re also limited in supply”,”text”:”We’re having trouble getting them. We are waiting for our shipments to arrive from Amazon and various vendors, but they still haven’t arrived in the community. We are content with what we can get from the provincial governments, but their supply is also limited”}}”>We are struggling to get them. We are waiting for our shipments to arrive fromAmazon and from different vendors, but they still haven’t arrived in the community. We stick with what we can get from the provincial governments, but their supply is also limited., says Sheldon Kent.

With information from Lenard Monkman

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