By Marc Lalonde Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The number of new, active cases of COVID-19 in First Nations communities in Canada took a dip in November, federal officials indicated in the newest round of available COVID-19 numbers. Indigenous Services Canada reported that the number of new, active cases of the novel coronavirus dropped to 318, down from 437 last month. Six more deaths could also be attributed to the virus and its effects, bringing that total to 772 lives lost since the pandemic hit in 2020. Hospitalization numbers remained steady, with 3,588 hospitalizations with COVID-19 as either a primary or secondary diagnosis. The continued pressure that COVID-19, in combination with the flu and RSV, have put on hospital emergency rooms across Canada, is forcing many hospitals to
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