Military helping northern Ontario First Nation deal with COVID-19 outbreak


FORT ALBANY, Ont. — Members of the military will be helping a remote First Nation in northeastern Ontario deal with a COVID-19 outbreak.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Canadian Rangers will be in Fort Albany First Nation until at least next Monday.

He says the Canadian Armed Forces approved a request on Thursday to help the Indigenous community, which is on the west side of James Bay.

The Weeneebayko Area Health Authority says there are now two active cases of the novel coronavirus in the community.

According to the 2011 census, Fort Albany has a population of approximately 1,500 people.

It is only accessible by plane, water, or ice road.



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