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
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.
INFORMATION ABOUT VACCINES
BC's COVID-19 Immunization Plan:
First Nations Health Authority:
BC Centre for Disease Control:
World Health Organization:
How Would COVID Vaccines Work in Your Body: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7E88xEGOaE
What The COVID Vaccine Does To Your Body: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=the81FQoAUI
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.
Marnie Elliott - Acting Associate Health Director
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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.
Chief William 'Chip' Seymour
- Understanding the Cowichan Tribes Shelter in Place Order
- Pandemic Message from Derek Thompson - Acting General Manager
- Getting tested for COVID-19 with Kimberly Edwards from Cowichan Tribes on Vimeo.
- Cowichan Tribes Health Message – Ts’ewulhtun Nurses Fairlie and Connie
- Ts’ewulhtun May 8, 2020 Covid-19 Message – Doreen Peter
- Dora Wilson May 2020 Covid-19 Message
- Elder Albie Charlie April 18, 2020