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Message from Tla’amin Executive Council and Health Director

Tla’amin Nation pauses all outdoor gatherings – reporting 5 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19

(April 10, 2021)

Tla’amin Nation is reporting 5 active lab-confirmed cases of Covid 19 and approximately 40 members who have been advised to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms, and who need to seek testing if they develop symptoms.

The Nation continues to pursue an aggressive testing strategy, contact tracing, and has enacted a community curfew to protect Tla’amin residents and the larger community. Covid-19 is transmitted through droplets (coughing, sneezing, talking or singing) and can occur both indoors and outdoors. The recommendation for physical distancing of 6 feet or more and wearing masks needs to be taken seriously. The act of “breathing” in each others’ space without a mask and in close proximity puts us all at risk.

“This is a lot different than the first covid event, this virus continues to change and is a real threat to our community. We are strongly encouraging any members experiencing symptoms to not delay testing,” said Hegus John Hackett.

If you are experiencing Covid symptoms such as fever, cough, fatigue, muscle pain, lack of appetite, loss of sense of taste or smell – you need to be tested! You can be tested in two locations:
1. Powell River General Hospital. Be sure to call 605.485.3211 ahead of time so that the care team is ready for you.
2. The Westview Clinic has also extended testing hours for this weekend. Please call 604-485-3572 between 9:00am-11:00am to book an appointment.

If you are experiencing shortness of breath or other physical distress, please call 911. These are serious symptoms that require immediate medical attention.

Tla’amin Hegus and Legislators thank members for their cooperation with the curfew order last night as we all work together to contain the spread of Covid-19. Out of an abundance of caution Executive Council is now temporarily pausing all outdoor gatherings to slow and stop Covid-19 transmission. Also, outdoor burning is temporarily paused in the community to prevent harming those experiencing respiratory difficulty.

Tla’amin members with questions or requiring help can call: 604-578-0447. Those requiring harm reduction services and supplies can call 604-223-4430.

Please share this important message with your relatives who are not on social media.