“This virus is very dangerous and is spreading quickly, This is not something to be taken lightly – that chain of transmission can cause deaths, ICU admissions, hospitalizations. We’re all in this together,”
The Stoney Nakoda Nation has declared a state of local emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Stoney Nakoda Nation is home to approximately 4,000-5,000 residents with homes spanning from Cochrane's town limits to the MD of Bighorn, as well as in Eden Valley where some Bearspaw band members reside. The Morley townsite, located between the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 1A, hosts several services to the residents including a health centre, post office, an elementary school, high school, youth centre and gas station with a convince store.
Some businesses have announced temporary closures while others have reduced hours, including the Stoney Education Authority and Morley Post Office.
The Stoney Education Authority has also announced its local schools will be closed to the students until further notice.
Chiefs from Bearspaw, Wesley and Chiniki, took to social media to declare the state of local emergency.
Stoney Nakoda Nation Chiefs Dixon, Young, and Poucette address the community. Today, with the support of Council, they declared a State of Local Emergency. This declaration allows the Nakoda Emergency Agency access to resources to better support the community.Posted by Nakoda EmergencyManagement on Tuesday, March 17, 2020