Eskasoni state of emergency working well: Chief – CTV News

March 25, 2020

HALIFAX — A self-imposed state of emergency of Nova Scotia’s Eskasoni First Nation has been working well so far, says the band’s chief.

On Monday, Eskasoni First Nation Chief Leroy Denny and his council declared a state of emergency within the band of 4500 members.

Denny says, so far, people are responding well to what he calls a ‘community self-isolation’, which he says was imposed because a large percentage of the community are at risk for COVID-19, due to overcrowding, food insecurity, and higher rates of pre-existing chronic health conditions.

“Don’t panic, don’t be scared we are doing this to protect you and our community; This is a difficult time that calls for difficult decisions and we will get through this as long as we work together and do everything in our power to stop this sickness in its tracks,” said Denny, who is still in self-isolation after having visited with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, who has tested positive for COVID-19.

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