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Ontario First Nation Hit By Water Crisis Now Faces COVID-19 – HuffPost Canada

by ahnationtalk on April 7, 202082 Views

The novel coronavirus has been diagnosed in a northwestern Ontario First Nation for the first time.

The COVID-19 pandemic has reached a remote First Nation in northwestern Ontario, a local health authority said Monday as it cautioned the virus would soon place additional strain on a social and health-care system poorly equipped to handle it.

A statement from the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority said a positive case of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus has surfaced in Eabametoong First Nation. The community, about 300 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont., is one of 49 remote areas comprising the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said the patient recently returned to Eabametoong from Thunder Bay, where COVID-19 cases have already been confirmed.

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