Several students in the Nisga’a Elementary Secondary School community have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Nisga’a Lisims Government media release.
The exposure took place between Nov. 16 and Nov. 20. The students who tested positive are self-isolating at home with the support of local public health teams. The Nisga’a Valley Health Authority (NVHA) contact tracing is underway and the authority is in the process of contacting people to determine close contacts.
While the contract tracing is taking place, the NVHA Director has requested that families with children attending the Nisa’a Elementary Secondary School self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days. Contact tracing may take several days to complete.
The release states that elders, immunocompromised people and others with health conditions should be isolated away from children. All common areas like bathrooms, kitchens and shared living areas should be disinfected several times a day.
On Nov. 20, the Nisga’a Lisims Government announced that the Nisga’a Nation was reverting to phase one of its pandemic safety plan after receiving confirmation that someone in the Terrace area tested positive for COVID-19.
Travel to and from Nisga’a territory is restricted, as is travel between the four Nisga’a villages. Checkpoints have been set up. Social distancing and masks are mandatory in all public areas and social gatherings have been prohibited.
The restrictions will be in place until at least Dec. 4
-With files from Jake Wray