Covid-19 Daily News Digest – September 20, 2020
Alberta limiting asymptomatic testing of COVID-19 to priority groups
Dr. Deena Hinshaw says voluntary asymptomatic tests will continue to be offered for priority groups. Those groups include school staff, health-care workers, residents and staff in congregate settings, the homeless and those travelling.
Chatham-Kent first in Ontario to create Indigenous peer navigator role
Along with navigating systems to find services for Indigenous people, she will go with them to hospital or to get methadone, or whatever else they need, Parenteau said. “I’m just going to walk beside them and support them,” she said.
“We’re very excited for this position … to serve our people in the urban areas,” Donna Isaac-Day, a justice team leader with Walpole Island First Nation, said. “This position is needed because we do have cultural differences.”
$55 million in funding pulled from Northern Manitoba internet network
“We continuously stress that we want to partner with entities that understand that First Nations ownership of the network is imperative.”
“Given everything that has happened this year – from those working remotely, to school closures and homeschooling, to all who have had to go into isolation – this decision could not have come at a worse time,” said Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization Jerry Daniels in the news release.
“In a world more connected than ever, our communities are left behind through a lack of meaningful consultation.”
Community works through COVID-19 lockdown
In terms of the recovery of Tla’amin Nation’s residents who are afflicted with COVID-19, most are recovering at home. Williams said early in the planning process, even before any cases arrived in the nation, planning was in place to send people to Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver if they required extensive medical treatment.
“That was the plan if COVID-19 came to the Powell River community, anybody who needed additional care would be sent to that hospital,” said Williams. He said he believes there are two people who have been sent out of town to receive additional care.