Coronavirus Update Archived Page

Greetings Cowichan Tribes Elders and Members,

Our wold has changed a lot since March 2020. While COVID-19 has been challenging for our community, I would like to thank each of you for your patience, perseverance and dedication to keeping our community safe. 


As we work to vaccinate our community, it is important we continue to follow all health guidelines to keep our Elders and vulnerable members safe. This includes showing our support by wearing masks, practicing social distancing, avoiding indoor gatherings and staying close to home. 


On behalf of Council, I would also like to thank our staff who are working hard to provide essential services, often going above and beyond to help us through this pandemic. 

Huy tseep q'u,
Chief William 'Chip' Seymour

Cowichan Tribes Issues Shelter In Place Order

January 22, 2021 5:00 pm to March 19, 2021 5:00 pm


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Updates to Members on COVID-19

COVID-19 Symptoms? ​​​​​​GET TESTED
The Current Situation

COVID-19 has reached Cowichan Tribes. As of January 1st, 2021, there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. The members who have tested positive are self-isolating. They are in regular contact with public health officials and are receiving guidance on health and safety protocols.




BC's COVID-19 Immunization Plan: 

Health Canada:

First Nations Health Authority:

BC Centre for Disease Control:

World Health Organization:

BC Government: 

Vaccine Videos

How Would COVID Vaccines Work in Your Body:

What The COVID Vaccine Does To Your Body:



Cowichan Tribes COVID 19 Resource Guide

Cowichan Valley Stores that Deliver - Jan 11-2021

COVID Testing Site Info- Jan 5, 2021

CT Self-Isolation Guide Jan 5, 2021

COVID-19 Symptoms Awareness - Making Safe Decisions

COVID-19 Symptoms in Hul’q’umi’num

Safe Activities – Risk levels by Activity

Talking to Kids Poster

Keep COVID OUT Poster

Gathering and Practicing Culture Safely During Pandemic

Keep our Elders Safe

Double your Bubble Poster


Cowichan Tribes COVID-19 Response - October 1 Member Update

COVID-19 Economic Response Infographic

Cowichan Tribes Restart Plan - June 30 Member Update

COVID-19 Community Protection Bylaw

Department Safety Plans

$100 Distribution Poster 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – May 11

Essential Services Announcement from Chief

COVID-19 Safety in the Workplace Policy

Letter of Commitment with Big House and Church Leaders

My Isolation Safety Plan


Letter of Commitment with Big House and Church Leaders

Representatives from Quw'utsun Big Houses and Chief and Council met to sign a joint letter of commitment to keep Quw'...

Posted by Cowichan Tribes on Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Good Morning Family and Friends,

We trust that during this time you have all been taking the recommended precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe. Please know that at the Ts'ewulhtun Health Centre you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this time of uncertainty. We are making every effort to ensure your health and wellness needs are met through our Essential Services, through support from our Slhexun Sun'ts'a' Clinic, Healthy Families Team, Kwun'atsustul and Elders Programs on a call in basis only.

Please find some important and relevant information from Island Health within our Cowichan District Hospital in regards to the COVID-19 prevention they have been working on as well as updates on visitor restrictions for the safety of the staff and patients who are in care.

Thank you,

Marnie Elliott - Acting Associate Health Director

Message from Chief Seymour May 1, 2020

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I trust that this message finds you and your families in good health, positive spirits, and staying safe. On behalf of the Cowichan Tribes duly elected Council, I am happy to announce our economic response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. We have unanimously agreed to match the $1.1 million financial contributions from Indigenous Services Canada for a total of $2.2 million dollars. These monies are our collective response to best support all members of our community and we thank you for your continued patience as we have been adapting to respond to this pandemic. Programs and contact numbers start May 11th. Please watch my video that explains some of how this money will best support all of us over the medium to long term.

For an overview of Cowichan Tribes’ economic response to COVID-19 please see this infographic.

Respectfully Yours,
Chief William 'Chip' Seymour




 Getting Tested for COVID-19 in the Cowichan Valley 

    COVID-19 video for Kids

    Raising Your Hands In Prayer 



   For more information about programs and essential services, please call:

  • Cowichan Tribes COVID-19 Community Navigators at the top: (250) 715-3339Email:
  • Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre: (250) 746-6184
  • Slhexun Sun’ts’a Primary Care Clinic: (250) 715-3322
  • Kwun’atsustul (Mental Health):

(250) 746-6184 to speak with an on-call counsellor.