Tla’amin Nation is now reporting seven lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. A number of citizens are experiencing symptoms and awaiting test results.
Tla’amin is taking extraordinary measures in order to slow and stop the spread, including a shelter-in-place order, barricading access points in and out of the community, organizing testing in the village and assembling food and other essentials for its citizens, according to a media release on September 9.
“We are used to pulling together as a community. These measures to slow and contain the spread of COVID-19 are essential to protect our elders,” stated hegus Clint Williams. “As a self-governing nation we will continue to do what we need to in order to keep our community safe.”
A drive-through community testing site will be available at Tla’amin Health on Thursday, September 10, from 10 am to 12 pm; appointments are not necessary.
The nation stated that COVID-19 testing is only recommended and will only be conducted if people are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle pain, lack of appetite or abdominal distress. Testing should also be done on those who have had contact with someone who has had a positive test.
Medical officers are working to find out how far COVID-19 may have spread in Tla’amin, according to the release. Residents may be contacted by a medical health officer and asked to get a test.
Anyone who does not have symptoms and has not had contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 does not need a test.
Those who have tested positive are isolating at home under the supervision of health-care providers.
Tla’amin members with questions can call 604.578.0447.