Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
“We are announcing 42 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 659 cases in British Columbia.
“One additional residential care home now has a confirmed case – a health-care worker at the Broadway Pentecostal Lodge in the Vancouver Coastal health region. Public health officials are providing support to implement outbreak protocols.
The last pandemic came in 1918 when the Spanish flu spread throughout the globe, affecting approximately one-third of the world’s population.
The best advice healthcare professionals gave at the time was the same as the coronavirus — COVID-19, practice social distancing, wash your hands and stay home if you feel sick.
However, those simple instructions cannot stop the spread and destruction caused by COVID-19 once the coronavirus has affected the population.
With businesses closing their doors in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the need for business supports is urgent. As a non-profit community economic development organization, Community Futures Central Kootenay is committed to helping businesses and communities through this crisis. Staff have been monitoring government announcements, curating business resources, hosting business round tables, expanding the business loans program, and providing free business advice to business owners.
The RCMP Veterans’ Association is warning members of COVID-19 related scams/frauds, and offering trusted resources to access, in a press release issued Wednesday.
The letter reads as follows:
Fraudsters are trying to profit from consumers’ fears, uncertainties, and misinformation. These scammers are exploiting the crisis to facilitate fraud and cybercrime.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) has updated its list of known COVID-19 related scams.
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Horgan:
Ed. Note: The following was posted by a reader as a comment on The Castlegar Source, and seemed worthwhile sharing as a letter.
Hiya peeps! A bit of self-therapy and a quick thought for us all:
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the extent to which our individual health is dependent on the health of everyone in our community. Public healthcare is our best defence against this crisis and others like it. However, our ability to endure crises and care for each other has been eroded through decades of austerity budgets, privatization and inadequate planning. Even during “normal times,” the health care system is at capacity.
With the increasing urgency for all Canadians to practice physical distancing and with much of our courses now moved to alternative delivery, access for employees and students to Selkirk College campuses and learning centres will be substantially reduced by Tuesday, March 24 at 2 pm. This will allow students and employees time tomorrow to retrieve any work related items.
Morrison Insulation in Castlegar donated six cases of 95 masks, making a total of 1,000 masks donated to support Emergency Services so far. However, the need continues, and donations will be most welcome.
Dr. Nicholas Sparrow of Kootenay Emergency Response Physician Association is making an urgent call to the community for the donation of N95 surgical masks, as emergency responders face unprecedented demands on skills and equipment in the face of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
In a media release Monday, Interior Health said it's limiting the number of visitors entering all sites to essential visits only until further notice.
Interior Health said this decision supports the province-wide response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and reflects the provincial state of emergency.
"The restriction of visits will help keep our patients, individuals in care, families and health-care workers safe," Interior Health said media release said.
"It also aligns with the Provincial Health Officer’s recommendations for social distancing."