The health and safety of the Akwesasne community is a priority. To help protect our community members, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is urging all travelers returning to Akwesasne from beyond a 50-mile radius to self-quarantine at home. This includes those who traveled for non-essential and essential purposes; including for work, vacation, school, release from incarceration or other reasons. This is to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus from areas experiencing an outbreak.

During the self-quarantine, stay away from sick people and do not visit others, particularly the vulnerable members of our community — such as our Elders and those with underlying medical conditions. Throughout the self-quarantine period, you should monitor your symptoms 3 times per day, which includes taking your temperature and keeping an eye out for a sustained reading of 100.4 degrees or more, coughing, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing. If you have these symptoms, please call the Tribe’s Medical Clinic at (518) 358-3141 Ext. 7130 or MCA’s Community Health at (613) 575-2341 Ext. 3220. Remember to call first.

With the number of reported cases increasing in Franklin County, St. Lawrence County, and within the Eastern Ontario Health Union (EOHU) catchment, it is now a critical time to practice social distancing and limit your local travel. Stay home and only travel for essential items, such as groceries, refill prescriptions, or for other necessary reasons. If you must travel, please consider sending only one person and maintain at least a 6-foot distance from other people in public.

Now is the time to be prepared, not scared. To help, both organizations have activated their Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), and our health professionals are working hard to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. If you have an emergency matter or require essential items, please call the Emergency Operations Centers at SRMT’s EOC (518) 320-0019 or MCA’s EOC at (613) 575-5005 or (613) 575-2331. They are here to help you.

Both councils and their EOCs are continuing to monitor the situation and will share updates as they become available. Please continue to listen to CKON, follow our Facebook pages, and visit our websites.