Tla’amin Nation reports drop in COVID-19 case numbers

Essential workers continue to provide support

Tla’amin Nation is reporting 26 active cases of COVID-19. A previous update had the total at 28.

According to a media release from the nation, at this time, seven per cent of all reported cases to date have recovered. Although Tla’amin’s shelter-in-place order was lifted September 17 at 5 pm, everyone who has been contacted by Vancouver Coastal Health to conduct a self-isolation must continue to abide by this mandatory provincial directive for the required duration of time, the release stated.

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Tla’amin essential workers continue to provide support to self-isolating residents, according to the release. Food and medication delivery will continue for those required to self-isolate. The food hamper remains closed through the weekend. Tla’amin members with questions or requiring help with grocery essentials can call 604.578.0447. Those requiring harm reduction services and supplies can call 604.223.4430 for confidential help.

Large gatherings, including parties, are not permitted in Tla’amin Nation.

“Now is not the time to visit with friends, host family gatherings or attend parties on or off Tla’amin Nation lands,” the release stated.

Non-residents are prohibited from entering the nation, with the exception of approved contractors and delivery companies.

The checkpoint, where masks will be available, will remain in place over the weekend, according to the release. Tla’amin roads will remain blocked with one entrance to the community at Sliammon Road. Everyone must continue to inform checkpoint staff of where they are going when departing the community and when they plan to return. Harassment of checkpoint personnel or essential workers is a crime and could result in criminal charges, the release stated.

Those who disregard any order or directive will be subject to additional enforcement measures including potential fines, according to the release. Anyone witnessing any violations or suspicious behaviour are advised to call the RCMP 911 emergency line. Calls can be made anonymously. 

“Please remember our T’aow by reaching out to family members about the importance of staying safe,” stated hegus Clint Williams. “We are all responsible for protecting our elders, family and friends. Everyone must continue to do our part and help flatten the curve. If our case numbers get extreme, the executive council will initiate another order.” 

The release stated that Tla’amin hegus and legislators thank residents for their continued efforts and patience as the nation works through this pandemic.

“Your continued cooperation will be critical to containing the spread of COVID-19. We share encouragement and thanks to our residents and to all of the frontline workers who are keeping the community safe during this difficult time. We are not out of the woods yet.”

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