Indigenous community in northern B.C. closes access to non-residents to curb COVID-19 – CBC

Lheidli T’enneh First Nation will allow only residents and essential workers to enter until Oct. 12

Oct 04, 2021

The Lheidli T’enneh First Nation near Prince George, B.C., is being closed to non-residents until mid-October amid the latest uptick in COVID-19 cases in the community.

On Saturday, the First Nation announced an order to restrict access, effective Sunday at 6 p.m. Only residents, essential staff who provide services to these residents, and contractors who work on Lheidli T’enneh’s projects are allowed to enter the First Nation’s northern and southern subdivisions.

“Prince George has one of the highest COVID-19 case numbers of any B.C. community for the past couple of weeks,” said Lheidli T’enneh’s written statement. “The restricted access order will remain in place until Tuesday, Oct. 12.”

Latest data from B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) shows that the Prince George local health area — including the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation — recorded 280 COVID-19 cases from Sept. 19‒25, which translated into one of the highest daily rates of coronavirus infection per 100,000 people in the province.

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