Advertisement

Cases surging on Six Nations and in Brant

Article content

Almost 30 new area COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday as Six Nations of the Grand River saw an increase of 15 cases on Monday and Brantford-Brant recorded another 14.

Advertisement

Story continues below

Article content

In the last week, 30 cases have been reported on Six Nations and a 12th person has died from the virus. Six of the new cases have been attributed to those who were fully vaccinated.

The rising cases and the low vaccination rate caused Ohsweken Public Health to move the community from the lowest level of its pandemic framework – green – to orange, the middle of the five levels.

The reserve currently has the highest incidence rate in the province.

The Brant County Health Unit reported 69 active local cases on Tuesday with five local people in the hospital. The Brant Community Health System said it has six people testing positive for COVID who are hospitalized, one of them in the critical care unit.

So far, 25 Brant residents have died of the virus.

On Monday, 350 more vaccines were given at clinics and pharmacies. Of those, 147 were first doses, 195 second doses and eight third doses.

Schools are reporting single cases at St. John’s College, Bellview School, James Hillier School, Mt. Pleasant School and Madonna Della Libera.

The number of cases by vaccination status – monitored since mid-June by the Brant County Health Unit – now shows 70.3 percent of the cases have been in unvaccinated people. Another 15.5 percent of cases are in those with first doses and 14 percent in those fully vaccinated. The health unit said those figures may not represent all cases since the data entry is ongoing but it updates the numbers each Tuesday.

One new Delta variant of concern was recorded on Tuesday. Of the 1,466 VOC reported, 792 are the UK variant, 158 the India variant, 89 the Brazil variant and 427 have some other mutation detected.

Advertisement

Story continues below

Article content

There are currently two outbreaks: one at the Brantford General Hospital on B6, involving a patient and a staff member, declared Aug. 25, and a farm outbreak involving two people.

According to the health unit website, as of Tuesday, 79 per cent of area residents aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine with 73 per cent having received both doses.

The health unit is holding pop-up vaccine clinics daily to Friday at the Lynden Park Mall by the food court entrance from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; daily to Friday at 195 Henry St. from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; daily to Friday at the Brant Sports Complex, 944 Powerline Rd., Paris from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and at Laurier University, 1 Market St., daily to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Visit www.bchu.org/covid19vaccine for more information and for full details about vaccine rollout in Brant County and www.covid-19.ontario.ca for more information on the rollout in Ontario.

Ontario reported 577 new cases on Tuesday bringing the active cases to 6,103. Another seven deaths from the virus were reported.

There are 363 people with COVID-19 in Ontario hospitals. Of those, 192 are in critical care units and 119 are intubated.

SGamble@postmedia.com

@EXPSGamble

Latest National Stories

Advertisement

Story continues below

News Near Brantford

This Week in Flyers