Areas in Canada with cases of COVID-19 as of July 14, 2020
*Data is as of July 14, 2020 at 9:00am, from Johns Hopkins University.
FIRST NATIONS DATA
Currently, at least 381 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Indigenous communities according to APTN News. There are 34 on-reserve cases in B.C., 30 in Alberta, 2 in NWT, 186 in Saskatchewan, 53 in Ontario, and 76 in Quebec. There has been one death reported in Ontario in Six Nations of the Grand River, one death in Wapole Island First Nation in Ontario, three deaths in La Loche and one death in Buffalo Narrows Metis community, Saskatchewan, one death in Mistissini Quebec, and two deaths reported in B.C. in 'Namgis First Nation and Dzawada'enuxw Nation.
As of now, any other First Nations cases of COVID-19 may not be immediately identified as such. This is because:
- Provinces and Territories are responsible for collecting and reporting on COVID-19 data;
- Only core demographic information is certain to be collected, such as age, gender, exposure, and location of testing;
- It is not required and therefore uncertain whether First Nations status will be indicated in data collection forms;
- If and when a First Nations case is confirmed, the case notification is sent to the FNIHB Medical Officer of Health in the Region where it was confirmed. They initiate contract tracing, exposure and follow-up.
The AFN Health Sector has reached out to ISC/FNIHB colleagues, seeking a clear outline of their system and process for data gathering and reporting. This information will be shared with First Nations leadership through upcoming calls with the Chiefs Committee on Health (CCoH) and the AFN Executive. FNIHB is also in the process of developing a dashboard to provide up-to-date confirmed cases, trends and graphics. They are efficient means for communicating key information, and will therefore be distributed to FNIHB regions, AFN, and all relevant partners as soon as they are available.