A confirmed case of COVID-19 has been reported just north of Powell River.

The Tla’amin Nation announced earlier this morning that it does in fact have a confirmed case in the area. 

As a result, the nation says it will be closing its office until contact tracing is completed.

It’s reminding residents and visitors to not go into the office, which will re-open at the earliest on Thursday.

A letter to Tla’amin Nation from Vancouver Coastal Health confirmed the exposure.

It said anyone who attended a wake at the Salish Centre (Tla’amin Gym) on Sept. 3rd or a funeral in front of the Catholic church on Waterfront Road on Sept. 4th “may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19.”

Anyone who attended one or both of those, are asked to check for symptoms for 14 days and if they develop, to self-isolate for 10 days.

 Meanwhile, the nation has declared a local State of Emergency.

Residents are to shelter in-place for 72 Hours, from 5:00pm on Tuesday, Sept. 8th, to 5:00pm on Friday, Sept 11th.

“All residents are required to remain at home. This Order has been executed by the Tla’amin Nation Government under the authority of the Government Law,” Tla’amin Nation said.

“It is recommended that schoolchildren be kept home for the remainder of this week. “