Two Innu Nations in Labrador reporting double-digit COVID cases – APTN

Jan 07, 2022

Once free of COVID-19, Indigenous communities in Labrador are now seeing cases in the double digits.

Natuashish Innu Nation, about 300 km north of Goose Bay, is reporting 30 cases out of a population of just over 900 people.

Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, 30 km north of Goose Bay, has 14 active cases with more than a 1,000 people.

So everyone is being told to stay home.

“We are all in this together,” said Erin Saunders, an Inuk from Goose Bay, who tested positive.

“And, you know, being afraid is a normal thing with this virus because it can be deadly. I’m just grateful that my symptoms are mild.”

But isolating is harder in a fly-in community with a shortage of housing like Natuashish, said Chief John Nui.

“I hope the numbers stay the same where they are,” the chief said.

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