Manitoba Indigenous Community To Receive Military Assistance In Fight Against Covid-19

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Indigenous community north of Manitoba is scheduled to received military assistance to fight COVID-19, the community’s chief told local media.

The Armed forces called on the Pimicikamak, or the Cross Lake First Nation, the previous week to find out how they can help them fight COVID-19.

On the 22nd, Chief David Monias informed local media through text that 25 members of the Canadian Armed forces would be dispatched to the community of about 8000 persons, approximately 530 km north of Winnipeg.

Monday’s figures show that the community has registered 178 cases of the virus, with 87 of these being children, based on information from the band office.

Since the 8th of February, the community has had a total of 260 cases, the band noted, and added that 6.4 percent of the community’s members have tested positive for the virus.

Based on weather conditions and the conclusion of logistical travel arrangements, the army might arrive in Pimicikamak latest Tuesday. They will spend two weeks in the community, Monias noted, although assessments will be performed on days 7 and 12.

The army’s task in the area includes collaborating with the first nation leadership, perform wellness checks, create and manage isolation centers, and also support awareness measures and health guidelines.

This marks the fifth time the army is helping indigenous communities in the province manage the spread of COVID-19. Earlier, the army was in Pauingassi First Nation to offer aid. Then, the community, located 280 km north of Winnipeg, had recorded 145 cases of the virus.

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