The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Department of Health (DOH) is announcing that we have received confirmation from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) of a COVID-19 Variant of Concern (VOC) in the Jurisdiction of MCA. Public Health Ontario screens all positive samples for the presence of mutations in COVID-19 positive tests. Individuals who have tested positive for the COVID-19 variant have been in isolation and following Community Health guidelines. 

COVID-19 variants are the mutations of the COVID-19 virus. These variants are known to be highly infectious and contagious. The incubation period for the variants can be shorter, causing rapid transmission. COVID-19 variants have occurred, as expected, due to the virus circulating in different areas and populations. The more circulation a virus has, the more opportunity it has to change/mutate. It is highly recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when community vaccine clinics are announced. 

With the COVID-19 variants being announced within the EOHU region, MCA’s Department of Health (DOH) is reminding community members to remain diligent in following public health measures: wearing a mask when in public, social distance up to 6-feet when outside your own household, washing/sanitizing hands frequently, and staying to your own household bubble.