COVID Cases Increasing. 16 Active in Kahnawake
Written by Paul Graif on January 8, 2021
Five new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Kahnawake on Thursday. Three cases have officially recovered. The total sets a new record as there are currently 16 active cases in the community.
“We are still seeing an increase in cases,” said Lisa Westaway, the Executive Director of the Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre (KMHC). “This is related to four clusters. We did expect to have an increase in cases. But we didn’t expect this amount of contacts. This is something that is concerning to us.”
The KMHC says that while COVID-19 Vaccinations have begun in a limited fashion, they are not yet prepared to book any appointments. They are asking the community to refrain from calling to book an appointment right now. They will notify the community when appointments will begin.
The Kahnawake Education Centre (KEC) will continue their emergency measures next week – meaning that schools will only be open for limited numbers of vulnerable students and children of essential workers – while all others will continue to learn on-line – as they are doing this week. There are 762 children registered to attend the three schools with the KEC system. Of that total, 561 students have been learning online since the beginning of the year.
The Kahnawà:ke COVID-19 Task Force is severely limiting gyms and fitness centers. They will be required to reduce their services to one-on-one classes or one household at a time only beginning Saturday until the end of the month. The situation will be re-evaluated on next Friday.