“The virus is not restricted to any particular race, region, or community,”
Alberta's Chief Medical officer of Health, Dr Deena Hinshaw opened Tuesday's COVID-19 briefing with reports her office had received, regarding reports that Siksika Nation members were recently denied access to local businesses as a result of "recent cases being reported in their community.”
Hinshaw said these were not the first instances of similar reports around COVID-19. " Albertans of Chinese or of other ethnic heritage and some religious groups have also at times been singled out and discriminated against,” she said.
She went on to say that the virus doesn’t care where people come from, or about their heritage, and that members of Siksika Nation and all Albertans deserve better than that.
On Tuesday, Alberta Health reported 86 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths. A total of 701 Albertans currently have the novel coronavirus, with 55 of them in hospital, including 13 in ICU.
Listen to comments from Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Deena Hinshaw