Nisga’a Nation moves into local state of emergency as COVID cases rise

Divya Gill 

The Nisga’a Nation declared a state of local emergency last week  amid rising COVID-19 cases.

A news release states that the majority of COVID-19 cases in the Nass Valley are in Gitlaxt’aamiks and that house parties continue to be a concern.

Nisga’a Valley Health Authority has confirmed 21 positive COVID-19 tests as of last Thursday.

Until Dec. 10, entrance to Gitlaxt’aamiks will only be allowed from 8:00 a.m. to midnight security personnel are monitoring the entrance to the village and patrolling the village from midnight to 7:00 a.m.

According to the new release from the Gitlaxt’aamiks government, family gatherings and house-parties are prohibited and all offices, churches, and the recreation centre are closed. 

Masks are mandatory in the village and visitors to Gitlaxt’aamiks are prohibited. 

Nisga'a Valley Health Authority is working with the Northern Health to monitor and trace COVID-19 cases.

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