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COVID-19 in Indigenous communities: What you need to know

The total number of hospitalizations for people on First Nations due to COVID-19 has increased by 43 since Feb. 3, and there have been 10 more deaths since last week.

10 more deaths due to COVID-19 reported among First Nations

Health care workers administer COVID-19 vaccinations to members of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in March 2021. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

The total number of hospitalizations for people on First Nations due to COVID-19 has increased by 43 since Feb. 3, and there have been 10 more deaths since last week.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) said as of Feb. 9, the department is aware of a total of 2,681 hospitalizations in First Nations communities due to COVID-19, and 619 deaths.

According to data from ISC, there were 4,389 active cases of COVID-19 reported in First Nations as of Feb.9. This is down from the 4,820 active cases reported as of Feb. 3. Case numbers may be understated as some provinces limit access to COVID-19 tests. 

To date, ISC is aware of a total of 9,097 cases in First Nations communities due to the Omicron variant: 5,352 in Eastern Canada and 3,745 in Western Canada. A total of 127 First Nations have reported cases of the strain.

The Government of Nunavut said as of Feb. 8, there were 366 active cases of COVID-19 in 18 communities. 

To date, there have been 2,011 confirmed cases in Nunavut, 1,640 total recovered cases and five deaths. Nunavut says 26,645 people have received at least two vaccine doses.

Total cumulative COVID-19 case numbers in First Nations per region:

  • British Columbia 7,857
  • Alberta: 17,998
  • Saskatchewan: 15,386
  • Manitoba: 19,034
  • Ontario: 9,162
  • Quebec: 6,298
  • Atlantic: 1,640

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

  • New or worsening cough.
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • Temperature equal to or over 38 C.
  • Feeling feverish.
  • Chills.
  • Fatigue or weakness.
  • Muscle or body aches.
  • New loss of smell or taste.
  • Headache.
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting.
  • Feeling very unwell.

If you think you might have COVID-19, please consult your local health department.

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