Vancouver Island First Nation sees increase in COVID-19 cases, issues shelter-in-place order

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A Vancouver Island First Nations community has issued a shelter-in-place order after seeing COVID-19 cases climb to more than 20.
In a statement released by the Cowichan Tribes on Wednesday evening, he said there are currently 23 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the community.

The peak of cases occurs over a six-day period, with the first case of COVID-19 being announced on January 1.

“This is a critical time for each of us to do our part to limit the spread of the virus and to stay calm and be kind to each other,” a statement from the Cowichan Tribes read.

The First Nation says the Cowichan Tribes Chief and Council and Pandemic Response Team have worked closely with ASPN, Island Health and Public Health to support contact tracing, monitor cases and ensuring the safety of members during this continuing health crisis.

The First Nation suggests that health officials have been in regular contact with members who are isolating themselves and also providing support and guidance.

In an effort to limit the spread within the community, Cowichan Tribes issued a shelter-in-place order – the second Vancouver Island First Nation to do so last week.

The ordinance is currently slated to be in place until 5pm on January 22 and is called the “shutdown period”.

As part of the shelter-in-place order, all members will be required to stay at home and checkpoints will be set up to enforce the order and provide information.

Cowichan Tribes says access to residential areas and residential buildings will also be restricted.

The First Nation says households can nominate one person as a buyer, but trips to the store should be limited to once a week.

Residents are encouraged to have groceries, medicine and other essentials delivered if possible, based on the advice of the community.

You can find more information about ordering stay at home on the Cowichan Tribes website.

The community expects more cases could be announced in the coming days, and officials are currently awaiting further test results.

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