Thursday, April 23, 2020 – 4:15pm
COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE #27 – CITY OF NELSON
Mayor and Council would like thank all local businesses (including non-profit organizations) for the sacrifices they are making to help us all get through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership (NAEDP), which includes our partners, the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures Central Kootenay are partnering with the City on this business outreach project. Along with a volunteer coordinator, we are combining our resources, to create a business outreach team to touch base with every single one of our local businesses and non-profits.
The goal of this outreach project is to:
All businesses should look for an email coming from the Business Outreach team. If your business has not received this email, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your current contact information.
Valuable Information and Support for Businesses in BC: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/employment-business-and-economic-development/business-management/small-business/covid-19_small_business_supports.pdf
The BC Government has announced that temporary relief is on the way from the new B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers (BCEBW) for British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected by COVID-19.
This one-time, tax-free payment of $1000 for British Columbians will further help people concerned about paying bills and making ends meet during the pandemic. Most people who are eligible for the federal Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) are also eligible for this benefit, including those who have run out of EI benefits.
To be eligible for the BCEBW, people must:
The application process opens on May 1, 2020 at www.gov.bc.ca/workerbenefit.
To read the full media release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020FIN0023-000743
Ottawa Announces New Support for COVID-19 Medical Research and Vaccine Development
Today, Prime Minister Trudeau announced $1.1 billion in support of a national medical research strategy to fight COVID-19 that includes vaccine development, the production of treatments, and tracking of the virus. This new funding builds on the $275 million investment for coronavirus research and medical countermeasures announced in March.
To read the full media release: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/23/prime-minister-announces-new-support-covid-19-medical-research-and
BC Government & School Staff Help Students Stay Fed While In-class Instruction Suspended
To ensure vulnerable students do not face barriers to learning while in-class instruction is suspended, B.C.’s school districts are finding innovative ways to provide families with more than 75,000 healthy meals a week. Premier Horgan says “No student should ever have to go without food, whether they’re learning in class or at home. Our government is proud to help BC school districts provide families with more than 75,000 healthy meals a week.” He added, “Despite the challenging times we’re living in, school-district staff have partnered with local non-profits & businesses to ensure kids and their families are getting the nutritious food they need, no matter where they live or learn.”
The Government of B.C. provides $53.2 million through CommunityLINK (Learning Includes Nutrition and Knowledge) annually for the province’s 60 school districts to support vulnerable students with services that include meal programs. Teachers, education assistants, administrators and school support staff are putting together weekly grocery hampers for families, delivering food boxes and bagged lunches to homes and setting up designated hubs for meal pick-up. Some school districts are also providing grocery store gift cards and vouchers, while others have formed partnerships with caterers, non-profits, restaurants, local businesses and food banks to support vulnerable families. More than 16,000 families are receiving these services throughout the province.
To read the full media release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0032-000734?fbclid=IwAR3PDbOAocWzVHX3yI1IEP3n4jL41n44FtTgvWGv8-aAJ4FrNzQKu75x0ko
The BC Government has provided the following information today:
COVID-19 Case Statistics:
Important Resources & Information – COVID-19
Which businesses are open in Nelson?
BC Government Resources List for Support and Information during COVID-19
Supports for Businesses in BC: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/employment-business-and-economic-development/business-management/small-business/covid-19_small_business_supports.pdf
Wellness Together Canada https://ca.portal.gs/
Anxiety Canada https://www.anxietycanada.com/
BounceBack BC https://bouncebackbc.ca
Psychological First Aid – Over 19+ https://www.psychologists.bc.ca/covid-19-resources
Crisis Line Association of BC – 1-800 suicide (1 800 784-2433) - 24/7www.crisiscentre.bc.ca - 24/7 - crisis and suicide interventionMental Health and Information Support Line - 310-6789 (no area code required)Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868www.kidshelphone.ca or text connect to 686868 - 24/7Helpline for Children - 310-1234 (no area code required)
www.youthinbc.com - 24/7VictimlinkBC – 1-800-563-0808 - 24/7information, referrals. Immediate crisis support
HealthLinkBC - 811 or www.healthlinkbc.ca
For seniors looking for additional support at this time, call 211 or visit:
Interior Crisis Line Network – 1-888-353-2273 - 24/7Nelson Transition House – (250) 354-435724/7 - Specifically for women leaving or struggling in, an abusive relationship.
To help provide important information to our community, the City of Nelson has developed a dedicated webpage nelson.ca/covid19 that will be updated frequently as new information becomes available. Please sign-up for ‘City News’ on NotifyMe to receive automatic updates from the City via text or email.
The City of Nelson relies on Interior Health, BC Public Health, and the Federal Government for information related to the virus itself. If you believe you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your physician, or call the COVID-19 telephone line at 1-888-COVID19, to be assessed or call the testing clinic hotline at (250) 551-7500 to be triaged for testing. Symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing, fever, sore throat, and difficulty breathing. These symptoms may not present themselves for up to 14 days, but you may be a carrier of the virus; therefore it is important to follow the guidelines set out by the health experts.
To check your symptoms or get updates from the BC Government you can download the BC COVID-19 App or visit this website
Information from the BC Center for Disease Control on COVID-19
Ginger Lester, EOC Information Officer email@example.com