Hwy 37 turnout to Iskut, which was put under lockdown along with the other Tahltan communities of Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek on Aug. 26 after two people tested positive for COVID-19. (Screenshot/Google Maps)

Hwy 37 turnout to Iskut, which was put under lockdown along with the other Tahltan communities of Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek on Aug. 26 after two people tested positive for COVID-19. (Screenshot/Google Maps)

Tahltan communities under lockdown after two positive COVID-19 cases detected in Iskut

Visitors asked to avoid travel to Tahltan territories until lockdown is lifted

The Tahltan communities of Iskut, Telegraph Creek and Dease Lake are now in lockdown after two people tested positive for COVID-19, according to an Aug. 26 Tahltan Emergency Management Update.

Per the update posted to the Tahltan Central Government’s website, the individuals who tested positive live in the same household in Iskut, and are currently at home.

“It is understood that the two individuals who tested positive are okay and are self monitoring,” the update states. “Currently our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, and the Tahltan Nation stands ready and will support you.”

Until contact tracing is complete and Tahltan leadership lifts the order, measures to contain any spread of COVID-19 are now in place.

That includes avoiding all non-essential travel within communities and to others, staying home unless going to work or outside exercise with members of the same household, physical distancing and limiting the frequency of travel to places like the post office.

Visitors are being asked to avoid travel to Tahltan territory until the lockdown measures are lifted.

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