Military arrives at Pauingassi First Nation amid surging COVID-19 cases
The military has been sent to another Indigenous community in Manitoba, where COVID-19 cases have spiked.
Late Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government approved a request for help from Pauingassi First Nation.
Pauingassi Chief Roddy Owens told CTV News 18 rangers arrived in the community, which sits about 280 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, Saturday morning.
“We are a small community of about 500,” said Owens. “Last night, the report we got from the rapid response team said we are up to 145 cases with 29 recoveries.”
The military will help out in the community and provide wellness checks throughout their stay.
“Basically, we lost our entire workforce here at the community throughout this outbreak, and we’ve been struggling…