Eskasoni First Nation has enacted emergency measures that closed all businesses deemed non-essential services in the Mi’kmaq community.
Leroy Denny, Eskasoni chief, says they’re trying to protect the most vulnerable in the community.
“We have people who have diabetes, who have cancer, who just came from surgeries and have weakened immune systems, so we’re urging our community members to stay home,” said Denny.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said early information from China indicates that older adults and people with serious medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes are at a higher risk of getting very sick from this illness.
Diabetes Canada says Indigenous people living in Canada are at a higher risk of living with diabetes. Full story here.