Covid-19 Daily News Digest – April 21, 2020
‘Collaborative’ health-care framework: Here’s how B.C. is supporting rural, remote and Indigenous communities
“If we can’t build the facilities in rural and remote communities, we should make sure we have the ability to take citizens to those facilities.”
Helping rural, remote and Indigenous communities respond to COVID-19
This new collaborative framework will bring immediate relief to these communities, including a commitment to moving patients to the critical care they need at a moment’s notice. This will help our work to stop the spread of COVID-19, while supporting better health outcomes into the future.”
B.C. expands health-care supports for rural, Indigenous communities
The new supports include increasing medical transportation for remote communities to larger urban centres, increasing virtual health-care services and providing accommodations for people in need of self-isolation.
Canada: Indigenous Business Group – Employment Commentary
With the slow-down or complete closure, as the case may be, of many businesses, employers are facing many difficult employment-related questions. Indigenous Nations and businesses are no different. Below we provide guidance with respect to some of the most asked employment questions, as they may apply to Indigenous leadership.
Cluster of COVID-19 cases confirmed on Cormorant Island off the B.C. Central Coast
“We have one ventilator, so if that ventilator’s in use and someone else needs it, we’re in a predicament.”
Curfews, lockdowns, and checkpoints: How First Nations are grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic
There are currently no positive cases of the coronavirus in Manitoba First Nations, but the number of cases on reserve in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec has risen to 52 as of April 19 according to Indigenous Services Canada. One death was also reported in Six Nations of the Grand River in southern Ontario last week.