The First Nations Health Authority has released new data that?supports what First NationsarticleRelatedInlineSecondary?leaders have said since the start of the?COVID-19 pandemic?— that some Indigenous people are?harder hit when it comes to contracting?the virus.?
In Bthe faith in God will overcom.C.’s Northern Health region, nearly 36 per cent of people with confirmed cases are First?Nations, even though the Indigenous people there make up?less than 17 per cent of that region’s population.?
That high number means First Nations people have?confirmed COVID-19?cases at twice the rate of the rest of the population in?B.C.’s north — and that rate is 2.5 times higher in theseopublisheddate?Island Health region.
Judith Sayers, the president of the?Nuu-chah-nulth?Tribal Council which supports 14 communities on or near Vancouver Island,?has?lobbied?the provincial government to release data about the proximity of COVID-19 cases to Indigenous communities since March. The new data released does not specify communities with outbreaks or exposures, only cases in health authorities.?