The federal government is contributing $ 2.3 million in funding for the ongoing struggle against COVID-19 an outbreak in northwestern Saskatchewan.
Press releases posted on the Internet Canadian Native Services a website late Wednesday said the money would support the North Saskatchewan Pandermar Pandemic Response Plan – partners from First Nation, Métis, city, provincial and federal officials responded to the increasing caseload of COVID-19 in the region.
According to the Saskatchewan government website, 149 of 186 active cases in the province were in the area at the time of publication.
“This is the beginning,” Meadow Lake Tribal (MLTC) Board Chairman Richard Ben told Global News.
“We know this virus will not leave tomorrow.”
MLTC and Métis Nation – Saskatchewan have been “exemplary” leaders in responding to this outbreak, the Canadian Indigenous Services press release said.
Ben said he was pleased to see northern leaders recognized.
“They are doing heavy work, hard work now through very critical time and they are doing their best,” he said.
“Basically, all of the north is working together now by fighting this virus.”
The money will be administered together to complement existing initiatives, from supporting checkpoints in and out to overcoming food insecurity to providing supplies of household appliances.
While Ben said it was too early to know whether funding, which would cover a period of two months would be sufficient, the group was grateful for its help.
“Hopefully, we can have some good results and some positive results,” he said.
The families of victims of La Loche COVID-19 warn others to take this disease seriously
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For prevent the spread of viruses, experts recommend to wash your hands frequently and cough on your sleeves. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying at home as much as possible and keeping a distance of two meters from others if you go out.
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– With files from Janelle Blakley
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