Volume 39 | January 15, 2021
FNHMA Health Bulletin: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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As you know, each issue, we do our best to provide relevant information, resources and supports to help you and your team navigate through COVID-19.

In this week's edition, we are sharing:

  • Weekly Virtual Town Hall Update
  • Total Number of Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 ISC is aware of as of January 13, 2021
  • Epidemiological Summary Of COVID-19 Cases In First Nations Communities (Data Current As Of January 2, 2021)
  • "Ottawa Announces $1.2B More To Help Indigenous Communities Fight COVID-19 Pandemic"
  • "COVID-19 In Indigenous Communities: Total Cases In First Nations Surpass 11,000"
  • "Releasing More Data Around First Nations COVID-19 Cases Won’t Combat Racism: B.C. Officials"
  • "60 B.C. First Nations Can Expect To Receive COVID-19 Vaccines By End Of Next Week"
  • "Elders At Indigenous Retirement Home In Toronto Receive COVID-19 Vaccine"
  • "Manitoba's First Nations Pandemic Response Team Works To Dispel Myths Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine"
  • "Sask. Among Highest COVID-19 Case Counts On First Nations Nationally"

Scroll down for these stories and more.

Weekly Virtual Town Hall Update
The Next FNHMA Virtual Town Hall Is Scheduled For January 21, 2021!

We hope you'll continue to join us as we discuss and share important information on the pandemic, the vaccine and the issues and opportunities for front line health care workers.

Our guests for this coming week are:

  • Kimberley Daly, RN BN MN, Senior Nurse Manager, Communicable Disease Control Division, FNIHB, Indigenous Services Canada

  • Dr. Tom Wong, Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer of Public Health, Indigenous Services Canada

If you have questions for our guests, send them in by email to:

FNHMA@ihtoday.ca and we may just answer them during the broadcast.

To watch, go to: www.ihtoday.ca/townhall

If you missed a Town Hall, you can watch them all. Simply click the button below to view our archived list.
National and First Nation COVID-19 News
Total Number Of Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 ISC Is Aware Of As Of January 13, 2021
As of January 13, 202, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) records indicate that there are 9968 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves, in six provinces. There are 519 hospitalizations, 7209 recovered cases, and 112 deaths.

For more information on these numbers and for more information on how to keep your family safe, please click here.

Click Here to see the full ISC Coronavirus (COVID-19) an Indigenous communities page.
Epidemiological Summary Of COVID-19 Cases In First Nations Communities (Data Current As Of January 10, 2021)
Cumulative reported, recovered, active and newly reported cases in First Nations communities (Data is current as of January 10, 2021)

The charts with epidemic curves over time (epi curves) below show:

  • the cumulative totals of reported and recovered COVID-19 cases
  • active cases
  • Reported cases by First Nations communities by age group and sex

Epidemic curves of COVID-19 cases in First Nations communities on-reserve are available online, and updated weekly. While a recent rise in the number of cumulative, new and active COVID-19 cases suggests an increased transmission, the flattened epi curves observed over the summer months indicates many First Nations communities had been successful in their efforts to stop the spread of infections.

"Ottawa Announces $1.2B More To Help Indigenous Communities Fight COVID-19 Pandemic"
"Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says Ottawa will spend $1.2 billion in new funding to help Indigenous communities keep fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

That includes another $380 million for the Indigenous communities support fund to help First Nations deal with COVID-19, including providing support for elders, addressing food insecurity and supporting initiatives to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.

It also includes $630 million for Indigenous communities to hire more staff, buy personal protective equipment and adapt existing facilities to deal with the pandemic."

For the full story, click here.
"COVID-19 In Indigenous Communities: Total Cases In First Nations Surpass 11,000"
"Priority The number of active COVID-19 cases in First Nations communities continues to rise, according to the latest data from Indigenous Services Canada.

As of Jan. 11, 4,225 active cases were reported in First Nations. In a Jan. 8 update, the federal department said there was a reduction in the number of newly reported cases the week of Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, versus three weeks previously.

But the data does not take into account new outbreaks that have since occurred. In Manitoba, First Nations now account for 40 per cent of new infections while making up about 10 per cent of the overall provincial population."

For the full story, click here.
"Releasing More Data Around First Nations COVID-19 Cases Won’t Combat Racism: B.C. Officials"
“First Nations health officials say releasing more data around COVID-19 cases in their communities may not be the right way to combat some of the racism they say their members are experiencing.

There have been reports within some First Nations communities of their members being targets of racist messages and acts due to fears they have and are spreading the coronavirus.

Critics have said more data about where cases are located could be a way to show that the virus is everywhere and not just more prevalent in some groups. But not everyone agrees.

“We have no control over what the province or the regional health authorities report publicly,” Dr. Shannon McDonald, acting chief medical officer with the First Nations Health Authority, said Thursday.

“The detail of the local appearance of COVID cases has been less frequently reported and that can be a challenge.”

Click here for the full story.
"60 B.C. First Nations Can Expect To Receive COVID-19 Vaccines By End Of Next Week"
"Doses of COVID-19 vaccine are expected to reach close to 60 First Nations in British Columbia by the end of next week.

There have been significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases in Indigenous communities in the last two weeks, said Dr. Shannon McDonald, the acting chief medical officer for the First Nations Health Authority.

Cases on reserves previously represented a quarter of the more than 2,500 reported cases among Indigenous people in B.C., but that's risen to 40 per cent, she said at a news conference on Wednesday."

Click here for the full story.
"Elders At Indigenous Retirement Home In Toronto Receive COVID-19 Vaccine"
"The Earlier this week, residents and community members of Wigwamen Terrace, an Indigenous retirement home in Toronto, received COVID-19 vaccinations. 

"It was an amazing day; to us it was like history in the making," said Harvey Manning, director of programs and services at Anishnawbe Health Toronto. 

"It's a really important initiative and it's the first vaccine that rolled out for Indigenous communities in Toronto."

"Manitoba's First Nations Pandemic Response Team Works To Dispel Myths Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine"
"As COVID-19 vaccines are beginning to be distributed to First Nations in Manitoba, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) pandemic response team is working to dispel myths regarding vaccines.

Dr. Marcia Anderson, one of the Indigenous medical experts who have led the Manitoba First Nations COVID-19 Pandemic Response Co-ordination Team, said First Nations people need to have information that is relevant to them in the language they use so they can make informed decisions about whether or not to get the vaccine.

On Thursday, she released a video on her social media accounts talking about some of the medical research regarding the Moderna vaccine."

"Sask. Among Highest COVID-19 Case Counts On First Nations Nationally"
"Saskatchewan has the third highest number of COVID-19 cases on First Nations in Canada, according to data released by the federal government on Jan. 12.

On Canadian First Nations, 11,502 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, with 2,932 of those cases in Saskatchewan.

Alberta has seen the highest amount of cases on First Nations with 3,754, followed by Manitoba with 3,082 cases of the virus. Ontario has recorded 349 COVID-19 cases on First Nations."

COVID-19 #StopTheSpread
COVID-19 Communications Toolkit - Free Download

The pandemic has touched many Indigenous communities across the country and people need information to help them manage in this ever-changing environment. With the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, people have renewed hope but understandably also have questions on how a vaccine will impact them and their families.
To help you answer some of these questions, Indigenous Services Canada has prepared a toolkit that contains a variety of communication resources and information for you to share with your community. Each community is unique in the way it shares information with its members. This toolkit can serve as a guide to create messages tailored to your community.
This is the first version of the communications toolkit, please look for updated versions in the coming weeks as the situation continues to evolve. 

What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for Canada

Working to bring Canadians a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread and reduce the impact of infectious diseases, whether it's seasonal flu or childhood infections. A safe and effective vaccine(s) for COVID-19 will protect us against the novel coronavirus and will be an important step to safely resume normal life in Canada and around the world. The Government of Canada is working on all possible fronts to secure access to safe and effective vaccines and related supplies for Canadians. Here is what Canadians need to know about a future COVID-19 vaccine.

Download the full PDF about what you need to know about the vaccine here.
FNHMA Pandemic Planning Tool Free Download
Did you know?

The FNHMA Pandemic Planning Tool provides the basics of developing a Community Pandemic Plan and can complement what you already have in place. It is based on the belief that:

“an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

That is why this tool focuses on identifying risks and planning to avoid or mitigate them.

To learn more, download your copy today.

Canada's COVID-19 App
COVID-19 App Update Available!

The Canada COVID-19 app has an update available. If you don’t have auto-updates enabled on your device, remember to update your app manually!

Get the app today.

Accessing Additional Funding
Indigenous Services Canada - New Financial Support
Indigenous Services Canada has a list of financial supports for:

  • Indigenous individuals
  • Indigenous students
  • Indigenous organizations and communities
  • Indigenous businesses

First Nations Webinars
A number of Partner and National Indigenous Organizations are and have been producing webinars in order to continue supporting First Nations in a changing landscape.

To view more please follow the links below and be directed to that organization's webinar page.

Supports & Regularly Updated Resources
The following organizations have resources to combat COVID-19. These resources are regularly updated and are available to view at any time.

Please click below to be directed to more information.
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