Monday, May 11, 2020 – 4:00pm
COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE #39 – CITY OF NELSON
Dr. Bonnie Henry on Re-Opening BC: “A steady stream will be far more successful than a rushing river.”
Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry encouraged British Columbians to be patient ahead of the easing of restrictions that will begin at the end of this week. Dr. Henry said “COVID-19 hasn’t gone away…we need to strike the right balance with easing restrictions.” She added “We are in a much better place….but we want to move slowly and thoughtfully.”
With the approaching long weekend, Minister Adrian Dix urged British Columbians to adhere to physical distancing and to avoid non-essential travel. He said, “Stay local, stay apart, stay safe….the best place you can be is where you live.”
Nelson Public Library Launches Takeout Service
The Nelson Public Library has unveiled an innovative way to get library materials in the hands of readers. Library members can now place pick-up orders for library materials. ‘Library Takeout’ is a click or call-and-collect service. Library staff will gather books from the shelves to be picked up by members. Members can request specific titles or ask the librarians to choose titles.
Materials must be picked up during pre-scheduled appointment times to control the number of people coming to the library. Staff members will place ‘Library Takeout’ bags in spaces designed for social distancing for a contactless pick-up transaction. For safety reasons, when materials are returned to the library, they will be quarantined for at least 72-hours.
To ensure the program complies with health and safety recommendations, the library sought advice from local health authorities and the City of Nelson’s Health and Safety Department.
For more information, please visit: https://nelson.bc.libraries.coop/home/takeout/
FREE Online Presentation “Guide to Re-Opening & Pivoting Your Business” on May 12
Looking for direction on how to re-open and pivot your business? Bring your questions to a Zoom meeting presented by the Basin Business Advisors Program. This meeting will take place Tuesday, May 12th at 1:00 PM.
To join the meeting go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89745856493 (Meeting ID: 897 4585 6493)
For links to information and resources visit www.bbaprogram.ca.
For a guide to reopening your business: BBA Guide to Reopening
Federal Minister of Health Celebrates National Nursing Week, May 11-17
National Nursing Week is about recognizing the incredible contributions that nurses make to our lives every day of the year - contributions that have never been more evident than during this pandemic.
Throughout the response to COVID-19, nurses have stepped up to provide exceptional leadership, coordination and support. Whether on the front lines, behind the scenes, or providing surge capacity to a partnering organization, they have been central to Canada’s response.
As Canadians feel the weight of social isolation and physical distancing, nursing professionals continue to care for us. They are no doubt also feeling the pressure of extra work, changes in priorities and physical distancing. As always, nurses are a model of professionalism, demonstrating courage and skill in extraordinary times. I encourage all Canadians, including nurses, who need support to reach out to one of the many resources available to help, such as the new Wellness Together Canada portal, which provides mental health and substance use support.
Please join me in giving a heartfelt thank you to all nurses during this week.
The Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health
To view the full media release: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/news/2020/05/message-from-the-minister-of-health--national-nursing-week---may-11-17-2020.html
The BC Government has provided the following information today:
COVID-19 Case Statistics:
Total cases in BC to date: 2,353
- 873 in Vancouver Coastal Health
- 1118 in Fraser Health
- 125 in Island Health
- 180 in Interior Health (0 new cases in 48 hours)
- 57 in Northern Health
- Total fatalities in BC to date: 130 (1 death in 48 hours)
- Total cases in Canada to date: 69,911
- Total fatalities in Canada to date: 4,993
Important Resources & Information – COVID-19
To view BC’s Restart Plan: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/gdx/bcs_restart_plan_web.pdf
Which businesses are open in Nelson?
B.C. 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/Here2Talk for Post-Secondary Students https://here2talk.ca/home
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) - 24/7
www.crisiscentre.bc.ca - 24/7 - crisis and suicide intervention
Mental Health and Information Support Line - 310-6789 (no area code required)
Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868
www.kidshelphone.ca or text connect to 686868 - 24/7
Helpline for Children - 310-1234 (no area code required)
www.youthinbc.com - 24/7
VictimlinkBC – 1-800-563-0808 - 24/7
information, referrals. Immediate crisis support
HealthLinkBC - 811 or www.healthlinkbc.ca
For seniors looking for additional support at this time, call 211 or visit: www.bc211.ca
Interior Crisis Line Network – 1-888-353-2273 - 24/7Nelson Police Department Victim Services – (250) 505-5657
Nelson Transition House – (250) 354-4357
24/7 - 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 B.C. Government you can download the BC COVID-19 App or visit this website
We thank you for doing your part to help maintain a safe and healthy community and for understanding the importance of this evolving situation.
Information from the B.C. Center for Disease Control on COVID-19
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