15 Active Cases From Four Clusters

Written by on January 7, 2021

The COVID-19 outbreak at Kahnawake’s Turtle Bay Elders Lodge (TBEL) from New Year’s Eve, is now under control. According to a release from the Kahnawake COVID-19 Task Force none of the residents have shown any COVID-19 symptoms. They continue to be followed by nurses from Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre (KMHC) daily. COVID-19 screenings will continue on residents and employees every five days.

There are 15 active cases of COVID-19 in Kahnawake as of Thursday. They are grouped in four clusters. Lisa Westaway the Executive Director of the KMHC with reaction, as she appeared on the Morning D, to the Quebec announcement of a curfew and stricter measures that will be in effect Saturday to February 8.

“It’s a bit late,” Westaway said. “Like we said in our Facebook live on Tuesday we have been proactive from the beginning.  We made decision before we got to the point where we had to do a complete lockdown and we still feel that way. We’re not changing anything here because we’re not at the point where we need to and we don’t predict we will be at that point if people stay home.”

Vaccines were administered to those who chose to have it at the KMHC in-patient and at the Turtle Bay Elders lodge on Wednesday.

“To our surprise we were given two extra vials at the KMHC yesterday. So, we had 20 extra doses,” Westaway said. “We were able to vaccinate some of the staff on site who had yet not gone for an appointment, or who were hesitant originally to go, and other front line workers at the hospital. So we were able to vaccinate 11 Paramedics so we are really happy about that.”

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