Cowichan Tribes is now reporting 39 cases of COVID-19 in 19 households.

A shelter-in-place order has been issued and it will remain in effect until January 22nd.

Cowichan Tribes’ Acting General Manager Derek Thompson said you can leave your home, but only for very specific reasons.

“All residents and members may only leave their homes for work, school, medical appointments, to obtain groceries, medicines, and other essential items, or to care for a family member who is ill,” said Thompson. “Residents may also go outside alone or with people from their household for fresh air, exercise, time in nature, or walking your pets. Don’t gather socially.”

Chief William Seymour said all facilities on reserve land are closed to the public.

“Cowichan Tribes residents cannot gather or hold events indoors or outdoors with people from outside their household,” said Thompson., “For individuals living alone please follow the restrictions, as per the British Columbia Provincial Health Order. Cowichan Tribes members and residents should designate one person per household to go out shopping and to limit shopping trips to once per week.”

If you’ve been in contact with someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms associated with the Coronavirus, call 1-844-901-8442.

Loblaws Incorporated is announcing that a Real Canadian Superstore employee in Duncan has tested positive for COVID-19.

That employee hasn’t worked since January 2nd.

For the full January 8th Cowichan Tribes address to residents and members, click here.

The Malahat and Snuneymuxw First Nations have also issued shelter-in-place orders.