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Report finds 28 Sask. First Nations more than 50 km away from COVID-19 care facility – Canada.com

by ahnationtalk on July 3, 202037 Views

July 3, 2020

“To try to get them there, transportation wise can be hard on them.”

If a member of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation were to fall ill with COVID-19, Jordan Revke, the community’s pandemic coordinator, suspects they would need to travel more than 100 kilometres from home to receive treatment in Saskatoon.

And Revke says he’s not sure how they’d get there.

He says it’s not uncommon for ambulances to take 40 minutes to an hour to arrive in the community. Nearly a quarter of Muskeg Lake’s 290 band members who live on reserve are 55 and older and may not be up for a long journey.

“To try to get them there, transportation-wise can be hard on them,” Revke said.

Read More: https://o.canada.com/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/report-finds-28-sask-first-nations-more-than-50-km-away-from-covid-19-care-facility/wcm/a52a9e58-f3c2-498f-8201-990d6d1c3ea2

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