As a member-owned credit union, local decision-making and thriving communities are the cornerstone of who we are. The health and safety of our members, employees and communities are of utmost importance to us.
With the extraordinary events around us evolving at a rapid pace, we’re proactively taking precautions against the spread of the virus and putting into place measures that can help our members through this difficult time.
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The critical role technology will play during the COVID crisis – particularly within the community’s most vulnerable population - was underscored by a donation this week to the Community Harvest Food Bank in Castlegar.
In a daily provincial update on the COVID-19 public health emergency, Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer confirmed that there are 45 new BC cases identified since yesterday, but underscored that much of the data they are receiving now is from the past two weeks.
This brings the total up to 231, with 13 patients in acute care (up from seven yesterday), but with no new deaths reported.
To support testing of people who meet specific criteria, new testing guidelines from the BCCDC limit testing to people with symptoms who are:
- Hospitalized or are likely to be hospitalized
- Health-care workers
- Residents of long term care facilities
- Part of an investigation of a cluster or outbreak
Testing will occur by appointment only for people who have been referred by their primary care provider or an 8-1-1 nurse.
Federal Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, just unveiled the “first phase” of Canada’s “Economic Response Plan” – which includes $27B in direct support and aid to Canadians and $55B in tax deferrals.
The federal package includes a number of desired-actions you flagged in our network-wide COVID-19 Business Impact Survey the results of which we shared with both the federal and provincial government, including:
Premier John Horgan has released the following statement regarding the federal response to COVID-19:
“I welcome the news on the border measures announced today by the federal government. We need to limit non-essential travel over the U.S. border, while maintaining our supply chains, so people have access to essentials.
Interior Health (IH) is working in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) to respond to COVID-19.
Along with other agencies and health authorities, IH has pandemic plans in place and is prepared to adjust capacity as required. As part of this planning, and following direction from the Ministry of Health on March 16, IH will immediately begin postponing non-urgent scheduled surgeries. It is important to note that urgent and emergency procedures will not be impacted.
Today the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary announced that the Grand Forks and District Aquatic Centre and Arena, the Beaver Valley Arena and the Greater Trail Community Centre in Trail that also houses Selkirk College, Charles Bailey Theatre, the Trail Gymnastics Club and VISAC Gallery are closed to the public until further notice.
Teck is implementing extensive preventative measures across its offices and operations in order to safeguard the health of its employees, while continuing to operate safely and responsibly maintain employment and economic activity.
All Teck corporate offices have been closed and remote work implemented for all employees able to do so. Other measures being put into place at Teck’s operations include:
The BC government news announcement just finished.
Premier Horgan, Minister Fleming, and Minister James each presented information on where we are at today in terms of provincial decisions being made in response to the current COVID-19 health crisis.
Please note the following:
• In-person instruction in our schools is suspended until further notice.