For Immediate Release- September 8, 2020
[Tla’amin Territory, Powell River, BC]
Tla’amin Nation has issued a state of emergency after being notified of four lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 and a number of citizens experiencing Covid-19 symptoms.
The Tla’amin Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is activated and the Nation is working closely with Vancouver Coastal Health and First Health Authority to address the outbreak.
This morning Tla’amin Nation legislature met to issue the health state of emergency. Tla’amin citizens are being asked to share the following information with their family and neighbours.
- It’s time to shelter in place: Tla’amin Nation is issuing a 72 hour shelter in place order intended to slow the spread of the virus so that public health officials can complete contact tracing. The shelter in place order is effective at 5 PM today. This means that where ever you are, is where you stay for the next 72 hours. During this time, access to the Tla’amin Nation is being limited to one single access point. We are strongly encouraging people to stay home.
- We will care for our most vulnerable: Our health and home and community care teams continue to run safety checks on our most vulnerable citizens. Testing is available.
- Official information can be found on the Nation site. Tla’Amin Nation will issue a daily update for the duration of the state of emergency at 4 PM, please stay tuned here for factual information advice and guidance.
Hegus Clint Williams, “We are a strong and resilient community and we will work our way through this. However, it is time to attack this virus by controlling the spread aggressively with a community lock down. We ask our community members to abide by and be respectful of this lock down and we also ask our friends and neighbors to respect this as well, by not having any unnecessary visits within our community.”
Tla’amin Hegus and legislators thank you for your cooperation at this difficult time. We will get through this together. Stay home, stay safe, and stay kind.
Tla’amin members with questions please call: 604-578-0447