March 2020 Newsletter

March 24, 2020

With the risk associated with Coronavirus infections becoming more common in communities throughout the province, and the country, it is important that citizens are prepared and informed about how they can help to slow the spread.

Following the guidelines published by Health Authorities can help to protect our most vulnerable citizens. The Public Health Agency of Canada state the risk as low for the general population in Canada but this could change rapidly. There is an increased risk for more severe outcomes for Canadians: aged 65 and over, with compromised immune systems, and also with underlying medical conditions.

As the Hon. Adrian Dix; Minister of Health has explained, practicing responsible hygiene and encouraging others to do the same is an excellent principal. This includes making sure that you are prepared to stay home if you feel ill.

Ensure that you and your loved ones have essential supplies on hand in the case that you may need to self isolate. This includes having a few weeks worth of food supplies by adding a few extra items every time you shop. If you or your loved ones require any medications, be sure to renew and refill such prescription medications.

By avoiding panic buying, you can also help to ease the burden on suppliers and the general public. 

Social distancing is another important way we can all help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The recommendation for social distancing is that people stay at least two metres apart and avoid prolonged close personal contact. The most important thing you can do to prevent infection is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.

To stay updated on the latest information, or if you think you may have the virus, call HealthLink at 811 or visit www.bccdc.ca

For non-health-related questions, call 1-888-COVID19 or 1-888-268-4319. It will be staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day with information available in more than 110 languages. Call or text.

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