In a statement issued on Jan. 8, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) provided an update on the COVID-19 outbreak currently gripping the Tsiionkwanonhso:te Long Term Care Facility.
As of Jan. 11, there were 13 cases diagnosed among Tsiionkwanonhso:te residents, including four individuals who had recovered from the virus and five cases that remained active. Unfortunately, there have also been four deaths attributed to the virus.
To date, at least 10 staff members at the long-term care facility have also contracted the virus, with five now considered to have recovered.
In previous statements on the subject of the outbreak, which first started in late December, the MCA confirmed that the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Community Health Program was working closely with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and the Ontario Ministry of Long-term Care, and that infection prevention and control measures were being strictly followed. Visitor restrictions will remain in place for the time being.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is expected to be made available to in the coming days to the residents and health care workers at the Tsiionkwanonhso:te facility as well as the lakhihsohtha home, a second long-term care facility on the territory.
As of Jan. 12, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Community Health Program has reported a total of 30 active cases within the community, including those at the Tsiionkwanonhso:te home. Since the start of the pandemic, a cumulative total of 80 cases has been reported.
The Kahnawake COVID-19 Task Force confirmed in a statement on Jan. 7 that an outbreak at the Turtle Bay Elders Lodge is now considered to be under control. The outbreak was first identified on Dec. 31. The residents are currently being followed by nurses from the Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre on a daily basis and screening for the virus on residents and employees will continue until the outbreak is declared over.
Residents of the Turtle Bay Elders Lodge have received the first dose of the vaccine against the virus, as have the majority of employees. As of Jan. 12, there was a total of 21 active cases in Kahnawake.