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Oneida Nation of the Thames grapples with COVID outbreak

There are three new cases of COVID-19 along with an outbreak at a seniors' facility in Oneida Nation of the Thames, just south west of London, Ont.

There is an outbreak at a seniors' home and cases in the general population

Oneida Nation of the Thames is an Indigenous community of more than 6,800 people located southwest of London . (Colin Butler/CBC News)

New cases of COVID-19 along with an outbreak at a seniors' facility have been reported in Oneida Nation of the Thames, south west of London, Ont.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) declared the outbreak at Oneida Long Term Care Home on Tuesday.

As is standard practice, the health unit has not disclosed the exact number of active cases in the facility. However, according to the provincial database, the home has less than five cases involving staff.

As of Thursday, no residents had contracted the virus. 

Under provincial guidelines, outbreaks are declared at long-term care homes when at least one staff or resident test positive for the virus. 

Meanwhile, Oneida Nation of the Thames has three active cases of COVID-19 in the general population, according to a statement by Chief Adrian Chrisjohn. 

"The individuals have been notified and are self-isolating," Chrisjohn said, adding that contact tracing by the MLHU is underway. 

Those who are not contacted by public health are not considered to be at risk and therefore do not need to self-isolate or seek testing. 

The new cases come as Middlesex-London reported 95 new cases of COVID-19, pushing the region's tally to 4,038 cases since the pandemic began in March.

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