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COVID-19 cases confirmed, offices closed in Squamish Nation

Last Updated Aug 30, 2020 at 10:40 am PDT

FILE -- Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at a lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Summary

The Nation posted an alert to its website saying multiple people are now infected, all cases linked

The warning tells members not to keep social bubbles small, to stay home as much as possible, maintain physical distance

WEST VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The Squamish Nation is closing all its offices for two weeks because of a number of COVID-19 cases in the community.

On Friday, the Nation posted an alert to its website saying multiple people are now infected, with all cases linked to one on the Capilano Reserve in West Vancouver reported earlier in the week.

“There is no need to panic. The patients are informed, isolated, and receiving care. As per public health protocols, all close contacts are already in isolation and are being tested. The public health agencies are leading all contact tracing work,” the statement reads.

“Because some of these community members are also employees of the Nation, the Managing Directors have called for a two-week closure of all Nation offices. All non-essential employees will be working from home during this time, and visitors will not be allowed into the offices.”

The warning tells members to keep social bubbles small, to stay home as much as possible, and to maintain physical distance.

Cases are on the rise again province-wide, so there are increased chances of there being positive cases around all of us,” the statement says.