Questions about access to food and supplies arise as health officials and community leaders try to contain the outbreak of the novel corona virus at the northern tip of Saskatchewan.
The region has experienced a surge in cases in and around the remote village of Dene, La Loche, 600 kilometers northwest of Saskatoon.
Leonard Montgrand, regional representative from Metis Nation-Saskatchewan, living in the community and saying it is increasingly scary because infrastructure is not prepared to respond to the crisis.
One of the two grocery stores in the village recently closed after an employee tested positive COVID-19.
The company that owns the store said in a statement that they would try to reopen it as soon as possible.
Perry Bellegarde, national head of the First United Nations Assembly, has voiced concern that people in the region were told to remain but have no access to food.
Several doctors and medical students in the province have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help send supplies of clean and non-rotten food to La Loche. It raised more than $ 10,000 on Friday afternoon.
On Friday, 12 of the 13 new cases of COVID-19 reported by the province were in the La Loche area. 12 others were also reported there Thursday.
Of the 544 total Saskatchewan cases, 179 are in the northernmost region. Two elders from La Loche have died.
“Many people are annoyed in the community,” Montgrand said.
“We lost control because we have not yet set up infrastructure. We need to prepare the infrastructure. We need to take care of everything. “
NDP Leader Opposition Ryan Meili, which recently helped deliver a number of supplies to residents of La Loche, said that it was inappropriate for people in the area to worry about food and supplies.
She said Saskatchewan party The government should see the risks posed by the virus for the area and have it prepared.
“This is now the center of the epidemic here,” Meili said.
“You might hear a little frustration in my voice. But it’s really, very angry to see the extent to which the government has been far, far behind in responding to the risk of going north and now for a real outbreak.”
The Saskatchewan Public Security Agency said it plans to send 300 more cleaning kits to La Loche. They are expected to arrive Friday. He also said officials held daily meetings with leaders in the region to handle the response.
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