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Two cases of COVID-19 in Sipekne'katik

This handout file illustration image obtained February 27, 2020 courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the coronavirus, COVID-19.
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The first cases of COVID-19 have been identified in a Nova Scotia First Nation.

On Wednesday afternoon Sipekne’katik was informed by Public Health that two of its community members had tested positive for the virus.

Community leadership was not told who was infected because that is private health information.

“We do not anticipate closing our community to people outside Sipekne’katik at this time,” said Chief Michael Sack in a news release.

“However, we are going to continue to monitor the situation closely and work directly with Public Health.”

When COVID first hit in the spring many of this province’s 13 First Nations locked down their borders to protect residents with a higher risk of suffering severe health effects from the virus.

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