The Nisga’a Nation has lifted a local state of emergency as COVID-19 cases have declined. (Nisga’a Lisims Government photo)

The Nisga’a Nation has lifted a local state of emergency as COVID-19 cases have declined. (Nisga’a Lisims Government photo)

Nisga’a Nation lifts local state of emergency as COVID-19 cases decline

People in Nass Valley still expected to be cautious and follow provincial health orders, NLG says

The Nisga’a Nation has seen a decline in COVID-19 cases and has lifted a state of local emergency.

Residents of the Nass Valley are still expected to be cautious and adhere to provincial health orders, according to a Dec. 11 Nisga’a Nation news release announcing the end of the state of emergency.

“We recognize adhering to these orders may be difficult especially with the Christmas season upon us,” said Nisga’a Lisims Government President Eva Clayton in the news release. “But we need to stay the course and remain in our bubbles. We will get through this pandemic.”

There have been 43 positive COVID-19 cases detected by the Nisga’a Valley Health Authority since Nov. 15. Of those 43 positive cases, 33 have recovered and 10 are still active.

Checkpoints and community surveillance operations in all four Nisga’a villages will continue through the holidays, according to the news release. People travelling to the Nass Valley from outside the Northern Health region are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

The local state of emergency was declared Nov. 26 after six children tested positive for COVID-19, as well as several other Nass Valley community members.