Military assisting with COVID-19 outbreak in First Nation in Manitoba – The Globe and Mail

The military has been called in to help manage an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Pauingassi First Nation in Northern Manitoba, a community lacking the critical infrastructure to deal with a major health crisis.

While Pauingassi grapples with the emergency on the ground, it also faces a fundamental service gap in the air – the community doesn’t have an airport, leaving a local resident with the virus waiting for 17 hours before she could be airlifted out to receive medical treatment in Winnipeg, NDP MP Niki Ashton said.

Ms. Ashton, whose riding includes the First Nation community, said Wednesday that the pandemic has been made worse for the people in Pauingassi because of the lack of an airport. The Liberal government must learn from the crisis and invest in much-needed infrastructure in remote communities, she added.

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