As of today (March 16, 2020), the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry is directing that social gatherings be limited to 50 people. With this in mind, we will limit access to our public facilities to no more than 50 patrons at a time.
The BC Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organization recommend that hand washing is the most effective way to stop the spread of this virus. Now is a good time for a few reminders concerning personal hygiene:
- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands;
- avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- cough and sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve and not your hands; and
- stay home if you are sick, especially if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, to avoid spreading illness to others.
The symptoms of COVID-19, are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. They include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing.
If you are sick, stay at home, rest and avoid contaminating others. The province has created a phone service to provide non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing. Information is available in more than 110 languages, 7:30 am - 8 pm at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 604-630-0300.
Until more is understood about the virus, older people and people with a weakened immune system or underlying medical condition are considered at higher risk of severe results caused by this disease. As we are a close community, please take time to check in with your neighbours to make sure they are OK or if there is anything that they need.
Below are some useful links including our Novel Coronavirus (NCOV) crew talk and factual information about COVID-19. If you are a supervisor, please ensure that you review it with your team members.
- Public Health Authority of Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
- BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19
- World Health Organization https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
We will continue to provide updates on any changes that may occur or new information we receive.
- Hospitalized, or likely to be hospitalized
- Health Care Workers
- Residents of long term care facilities
- Part of an investigation of a cluster or outbreak
- People without symptoms
- Patients with mild respiratory symptoms who can be managed at home, including returning travellers with an onset of illness within 14 days of return to Canada