K’atl’odeeche First Nation declares state of emergency over COVID-19 – CBC

First Nation near Hay River, N.W.T, decided to go on lockdown to protect their elders

The K’atl’odeeche First Nation near Hay River, N.W.T, has declared a state of emergency until further notice in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Anyone entering the First Nation, either by the all-season road or the ice road, will have to show a security guard proof of band membership. The public will be turned away until leadership decides the lockdown is over.

Supply trucks carrying groceries and other supplies will still be allowed in the First Nation, a notice from the First Nation said.

Chief April Martel said the First Nation council decided to lock down the community after talking it over with their elders.

“If that sickness ever happens, it’s going to make them really sick,” Martel said. “It’s scary. All our people are scared right now, they’re panicking scared — and I’ve never seen that in my life.”

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/katlodeeche-first-nation-emergency-covid-1.5503961

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