Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

April 4, 2020

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Information updated as of April 4, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

We are at a crucial stage in this incubation period so it is our time to be unwavering in our commitments to continue doing all of the things every day that stop the transmission of COVID-19.

The risk remains very high for contracting this disease.  We must remain united in stopping the spread and finding ways to get through this together. We will see the benefits of the extent of our efforts upholding the Orders and advice of Dr. Henry over the coming days.  Please continue to be vigilant, be all in in, and help bend the curve in our region.

*** Our next update will happen on April 6, 2020. ***


Information updated as of April 3, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

It is undeniable that these are precarious times for us all. The risk of COVID-19 remains high for all of us so we must be unified in our focus and our commitment to holding the line to protect our families and our community.

We all need to be messengers for the Orders and advice put forward by Dr. Henry. We must continue to:

  • Wash our hands
  • Stay home
  • Maintain physical distance
  • Self-isolate as required
  • Stay socially connected while maintaining a safe physical distance.

We must stand united in our focus and continue to work together to support each other in order to be empowered to do the right things.

Please continue to do the right thing and help others do the right thing because it is working and will help to restrain the growth of COVID-19.


Information updated as of April 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

As the situation changes, the District continues to follow the direction of Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Province and Island Health.

We recognize that this is a challenging time for everyone, but it is vital that the Orders of the Provincial Health Officer be followed. We expect that everyone is doing that part 

Physical distance remains something we all must continue to do to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The greatest source of transmission is family and loved ones. These rules have been put into place to protect your family, your loved ones, and your friends. It is your responsibility to protect your community. Expectations for us all to do our part are high, and it is our individual and personal responsibility to follow the orders of the Provincial Health Officer and the Federal and Provincial Governments.

If you are looking at ways to provide support during COVID-19, we recommend the following options:

  • There is a serious need for blood donation in our region. Please visit www.blood.ca to determine if you are eligible to donate.
  • If you are looking to make donations to local food banks we ask that you please make financial donations. This is to:
    • reduce the contamination of products;
    • reduce the number of people attending facilities for drop-offs;
    • allow for better control of products; and
    • maximize cost-savings by buying in bulk.

We must be 100% all in to flatten the curve. Thank you for doing your part. We'll get through this together.

 


Information updated as of April 1, 2020 at 5:15 p.m.

Yesterday Premier John Horgan extended the Provincial State of Emergency until April 14, 2020 with the possibility of further extension. This afternoon, the Premier and Minister Bruce Ralston announced BC Hydro’s three-month relief package for customers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have added these resources to our information pages for:

As we continue to adapt to the changes in our daily lives due to COVID-19, we must recommit to our efforts to slow the transmission of the disease.  We acknowledge that this is a very challenging and uncertain time for us all, but we must continue to be committed to following all of the Provincial Health Officer’s restrictions and Orders. The more committed we are right now, the more we will be able to bend the curve.

Right now our task is simple.  We must dig deep, work harder, maintain physical distance, follow the Orders, and stay 100% committed.  It’s our duty and we need to do our part.


Information updated as of March 31, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

We are at a crucial moment for the course of COVID-19 in BC and we continue to monitor the situation carefully.

There is still considerable risk to the public and we must follow the Orders of the Provincial Health Officer every day, and every minute of every day, to ensure that we bend the curve.

No one is immune to COVID-19, but we can all make an impact by:

  • Avoiding gatherings and groups of any size;
  • Staying home wherever possible, avoiding all non-essential trips out of the house;
  • Maintaining physical distance, a minimum of 2 metres (or a “hare” over 6 feet); and
  • Staying connected while staying in.

Everyone can make a difference. We must remain 100% committed to keeping this curve flat. Now is the time and we cannot let up our efforts, we must stay united and do all that we can to help protect the health of our community.


Information updated as of March 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the District has made the following adjustments to the Transfer Station operating hours.

The new operating hours for the Transfer station are:

  • Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The District has been notified by our recycling service provider that they are experiencing difficulties with regular collection runs in Oak Bay. We ask residents to please ensure that all medical waste, including tissues, wipes, face masks, and gloves not be included in your recycling.

Photo courtesey of Recycle BC.

We would like to remind the community that this is a critical time for us all and we must continue to do all that we can, together, to break the chains of transmission. We need to stay consistent in our approach and ensure that we stay connected through other means while keeping our distance. In addition, all gatherings and groups of any size, whether inside or outside the home, should be avoided.

We understand that it is challenging for all of us not knowing the future, but we must remain 100% committed and united around this one goal – to slow the spread.


Information updated as of March 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Information updated as of March 28, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

The District of Oak Bay acknowledges that we are all facing difficult challenges at this time and appreciates the efforts undertaken by our community to slow the transmission of COVID-19.  As Minister Dix noted today we must dig deeper, fight harder, and continue to be all in.

We are at a critical point in the trajectory of this pandemic.  Please continue to diligently do your part for the coming days and weeks.  Avoid all non-essential trips out of the house.  If it is not essential, please stay home and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Reducing the impacts and stopping the spread of this virus depends on the personal actions of each and every one of us, every day. 100% adherence of 100% of us all is required to be effective and to see the results that we need to see to return to normal and start the recovery process.

Please note that if you go outside to enjoy any of our parks, beaches, or trails, that you purposefully and thoughtfully maintain 2 metres, or 6 feet, of physical distance between yourself and others.

*** Our next update will happen on Monday, March 30, 2020. ***


Information updated as of March 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, the District would like to remind everyone that it is imperative that we all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix discussed today, the evidence is clear that if every person in British Columbia commits to physical distancing, we can flatten the curve.  Every day that we stay at home and stay apart we are strengthening the response to COVID-19 and doing our part to protect our community, our loved ones, and our healthcare workers.

As you go into this weekend, we ask that you please:

  • physically distance yourself 2 metres (6 feet) from others;
  • stay home if you can, limit activities outside of the home;
  • avoid social gatherings of any size;
  • wash your hands; and
  • adhere to travel advisories and self-isolation requirements.

We encourage you to stay connected to your family and friends by picking up the phone or using one of the online options. We can stay connected, even while physically distanced.

The District’s focus remains on the health and well-being of our community and we know that it will take a collaborative effort to reduce the spread of this virus. It is everyone’s responsibility to protect our community against COVID-19 and together we can do it.

Be kind, be safe, be responsible and do your best.


Information updated as of March 26, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

Under Ministerial Order No. M083, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth, suspended all municipal bylaws that restrict the movement of goods and supplies.  This may have some implications for residents such as the time of day for deliveries.

The District recognizes that this may cause occasional disturbances for some residents and requests your understanding of the circumstances leading to the declaration of this order. Oak Bay will not be able to enforce any Bylaws that prohibit these activities while the Ministerial Order is in effect.

In addition, this order granted flexibility for local governments to conduct meetings of Council by electronic means or other communication facilities.  The requirements for the public to be physically present to observe the proceedings do not apply to meetings conducted electronically or by other means of communication facilities during the pandemic. 

This order further provided relaxations to the readings of bylaws. Municipalities may adopt a bylaw on the same day that a bylaw is given third reading during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please be reminded that all Orders must be followed by local governments, businesses, and individuals in the ongoing effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19. 

The District thanks all members of the community who have adjusted their daily lives as directed by the Public Health Officer to protect community health.  How we act today determines our future for the days and weeks ahead. Physical connectedness puts people at risk.  The distance between us unites us.  Take care of each other, be kind, and do your part. 

Fraudulent activity related to COVID-19:

There has been an increase in fraudulent activity related to COVID-19. As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, we ask that the public watch out for associated scams. They are exploiting the crisis to facilitate fraud and cybercrime.

Fraudsters are looking to profit from the public’s:

  • Fears
  • Uncertainties
  • Misinformation

Scams are continuing to emerge via:

  • Text
  • Email
  • Telephone

We ask that you please do not give out any personal information, funds, or banking/credit card information. 

For a list of reported scams and for trusted resources and advice, please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.


Information updated as of March 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

The District recognizes how hard this situation is on all of us and how important it is that we look after ourselves and each other. The Provincial Health Officer is once again reminding the public that physical distance between individuals is essential to delay the onset of COVID-19. This means:

  • limiting guests to your home;
  • not congregating at beaches and parks where you cannot maintain 2 metres (6 feet) of separation from others; and
  • not playing on sports courts, touching the same ball.

We understand that this is difficult, but it is imperative that we find ways to support each other without physically being together. This is a temporary sacrifice that we need to make for our common safety; ensuring physical distance while maintaining social connection.  

To maintain social distancing at our Municipal Transfer Station the District is now only allowing three vehicles in at a time. Any questions regarding this can be directed to Public Works at 250-598-4501.

As a community, we must understand where the risks are and what actions we can personally take to reduce these risks. Together we will get through this.

 


Information updated as of March 24, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

The District remains committed to sharing information and taking the necessary measures to protect our community and slow down the transmission of COVID-19.

The District has added additional information regarding supports for businesses and individuals along with the District’s Business Continuity Plan to keep the community informed of our service levels.

We would like to remind the community that what happens today directly impacts what happens tomorrow, next week, and next month. We must support each other, rely on each other and do our part to get through this pandemic. It is critical that we continue to remain vigilant in protecting ourselves and those around us. We can only do this together.

As a reminder, we ask that you:

  • physically distance yourself 2 metres (6 feet) from others;
  • stay home if you can, limit activities outside of the home;
  • avoid social gatherings;
  • wash your hands; and
  • adhere to travel advisories and self-isolation requirements.

It is our collective responsibility to protect our community against COVID-19. We appreciate all who have been abiding by Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry’s recommendations, and for those who haven’t, the time to start is now. We all have a duty to do our part today and all the days ahead to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Information updated as of March 23, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the District continues to adjust our response accordingly. Please be advised that, effective immediately, the following outdoor recreational facilities are closed until further notice:

  • All Basketball Courts
  • Henderson Par 3 Golf Course
  • Outdoor Fitness Equipment at Henderson Park
  • All Pickleball Courts
  • Skatepark
  • All Tennis Courts
  • Waterpark

The District has undertaken these additional measures to further support the directives of the Provincial Health Officer, particularly around physically separating from others outside of your home by a minimum of 2 metres, or 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Physical distancing is critical and requires 100% compliance. We want to remind the public that this is not a suggestion, but an order from the Provincial Health Officer and we all need to do our part by ensuring that we stay 2 metres apart from others at all times.

The District of Oak Bay has released a new service level update. Please note that these service levels are subject to change as the situation evolves. 

If you have any questions about services, please contact the appropriate department or facilities. Customer service contact information is available on the District’s website at https://www.oakbay.ca/municipal-hall/contacts. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we all work together and do our part to keep our community safe.

Be kind, be calm, be responsible, and be safe! 


Information updated as of March 22, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

We would like to remind everyone that while out enjoying our parks and beaches we ask that you follow the Provincial Health Officer's order and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet (2 metres) at a minimum.


Information updated as of March 21, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

While there are no additional updates to provide regarding municipal services, we are reminding residents of the importance of physically separating from others. If you are heading out into the community, please ensure that you are limiting your in-person social interactions to those who live in the same home as you, and that you are maintaining a social distance of 2 metres from other individuals that you may encounter. Physical separation is critical to slowing down the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We all have a responsibility to fully commit and we all need to do our parts to protect ouselves, our families, and our community.

Be kind, be calm, be responsible, and be safe! 


Information updated as of March 20 at 6:00 p.m.

As the Covid-19 situation rapidly evolves, the District continues to modify our response accordingly.  Additional changes to municipal services on March 20, 2020 include the following:

  • all public playgrounds in municipal parks and facilities are closed until further notice
  • childcare and spring break camps have ceased operations effective as of close of business Friday, March 20, 2020; and
  • bylaw enforcement services will focus on health and safety issues, such as building without permit.

These measures were implemented to support the directives of the Provincial Health Officer to:

  • maintain social distancing;
  • avoid social gatherings;
  • stay home; and
  • adhere to travel advisories and self-isolation requirements.

Please note that parks and public washrooms remain accessible at present.  Users are reminded to:

  • maintain recommended social distancing of 2 meters; and
  • take extra precautions if using these public facilities.

The District encourages all residents to follow the advice of the Provincial Health Officer to protect yourself, your families, and your community. Do it for the people you love, and for those you don’t know. Please look for opportunities to support each other during these challenging times and remember to be kind, be calm, and be safe.


Information updated as of March 19 at 6:20 p.m.

The District of Oak Bay remains committed to sharing information so that we can work together to slow down the transmission of COVID-19.

As the District continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely, we are reminding residents that you can help protect yourself, your family, and the broader community by:

  • Practicing social distancing;
  • Washing your hands frequently;
  • Staying home as much as possible;
  • Staying home if you are sick;
  • Cancelling gatherings of 50 or more people; and
  • Complying with the travel advisories and orders for self-isolation.

If you are concerned about symptoms you may be experiencing or that you have been exposed to COVID-19, the BC Ministry of Health has developed a self-assessment tool to help determine whether you may need further medical assessment or testing.  https://covid19.thrive.health/

In addition to the self-assessment tool, the Province has created a phone service to provide non-medical information about COVID-19. Information is available in more than 110 languages from 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 1-888-COVID-19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 604-630-0300.

Municipal facilities remain closed to the public at this time, except the Municipal Transfer Station (Public Works Yard) which is still open for recycling, garbage and garden waste drop offs.  Please be assured that these closures are temporary and services will be restored.

Our focus remains on the health and well-being of our community. It will take a collaborative effort to reduce the spread of this virus and we thank you for doing your part.


Information updated as of March 18, 2020 at 5:45 p.m.

The District is monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and we continue to adjust our response based on the recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer and senior levels of government.

Protecting the health and safety of our community members is at the forefront of our decision making and we are dedicated to making changes now to try and “flatten the curve.”

The District recognizes that this situation is unsettling and we thank members of the public for their understanding, patience and cooperation as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation.

We are committed to keeping the community informed and will continue sharing the reliable information as this situation develops.


Information updated as of March 18, 2020 at 1:16 p.m.

A Provincial State of Emergency has just been declared by Public Safety Minister, Mike Farnworth, with the intention of allowing the Province increased flexibility to respond to COVID-19. The Provincial State of Emergency has been declared for two weeks, with the potential of extension upon further review.  The declaration of a Provincial State of Emergency also allows the Province to undertake necessary legislative changes to ease the burden of statutory requirements on local governments and the public. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

The District’s primary concerns remain the health and safety of our staff and community.  Closures from yesterday remain in place with the exception of the Municipal Transfer Station and child care and spring break camps.

We encourage everyone to continue following the advice of the Provincial Health Officer including measures such as social distancing, handwashing, avoiding public spaces, and staying home if sick. Together we will get through this.

Be kind. Be calm. Be safe.


Information updated as of March 17, 2020 at 5:52 p.m.

Anyone looking for non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel recommendations, can call or text the provincial government through the hotline at 1-888-268-4319 (1-888-COVID19) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

To help ease the burden on HealthLink 8-1-1, the Province has launched an online self-assessment tool to help residents determine if they require further testing for COVID-19. This self-assessment tool can be found at covid19.thrive.health.


Information updated as of March 17, 2020 at 12:14 p.m.

District of Oak Bay
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2020

 

Closure of District of Oak Bay Municipal Facilities

Oak Bay, B.C. - In response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, Municipal facilities will be closed to the public effective immediately. The District has made this decision based on available evidence-based expertise and recommendations from senior levels of government to slow the spread of COVID-19. Mayor Kevin Murdoch stated that “while there is still a low risk to individuals in our region, it’s important for the municipality to act to interrupt the potential spread of this disease.  This is intended to prevent the kinds of spikes seen in other jurisdictions like Italy”.

Staff are working to develop processes for alternate provision of Municipal services. Please be advised that our response time may be longer than usual during this transition phase.  While some services may be delayed or unavailable, we will work to reduce these service disruptions and provide regular updates as information becomes available.

All closures will be regularly reviewed to minimize the impact on our community members, balanced with the ongoing measures taken to protect public health. 

We apologize for any inconveniences that may be experienced during these extraordinary times and appreciate the public’s patience and understanding. If you have questions about services, please contact the appropriate department or facility.  Customer service contact information is available on the District’s website at https://www.oakbay.ca/municipal-hall/contacts.

Please be assured that while the physical buildings may be closed at this time, staff are working diligently to provide necessary services. The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) remains functional and staff are closely monitoring the evolving situation and adjusting the District’s response as necessary. 

Oak Bay is following the directions of the Federal and Provincial Governments, Island Health, and other authorities.  The District is committed to providing regular updates on the municipal website at www.oakbay.ca/covid-19 and on the District’s official social media accounts.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Information Officer
Emergency Operations Centre
eocinformation@oakbay.ca


Information updated as of March 16, 2020 at 7:45 p.m.

Please be advised that all Oak Bay Recreation facilities will be closed as of March 17, 2020, except for child care and spring break camps which will continue through March 20, 2020.

This closure applies to:

  • Oak Bay Recreation Centre
  • Henderson Recreation Centre
  • Monterey Centre
  • Windsor Pavilion; and
  • Neighbourhood Learning Centre.

In addition to the recreation centre facilities, with the noted exceptions, the Oak Bay Archives is also closed until further notice. Closures will be reviewed regularly and updates provided to the public.

We thank all members of the public for their patience and understanding during these extraordinary times. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. 


Information updated as of March 16, 2020 at 6:20 p.m.

The interruption to District services remains low, with most facilities remaining open and operational.  At this time, the only closure is Oak Bay Archives which closed as of today at 4:30 p.m. until further notice.

As announced by Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, a new order has been issued today prohibiting all public gatherings of more than 50 people. Therefore, we will be cancelling programs and events with 50 or more participants. Additional communications will be forthcoming to update affected individuals.

It is important to recognize that the District is not the lead agency on COVID-19 (coronavirus) and will continue to take direction from the Federal and Provincial governments, Island Health, and other authorities.  Staff are working to anticipate and reduce any disruptions to District operations and to ensure timely information updates. 

We remain committed to providing regular updates as we continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation.

Oak Bay 2020-03-16 Mayor's COVID-19 Message from Kevin Murdoch on Vimeo.


Information updated as of March 14, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

There are currently no disruptions to municipal services. All facilities remain open and operational at present.  The Province has issued a statement encouraging operations to continue with business as usual with increased attention to common sense practices and measures to support social distancing.

We wish to assure you that the District is monitoring the situation closely and adjusting our response as information changes.  At the direction of the Provincial Health Officer we will continue with daily operations while promoting strategies to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

The District of Oak Bay is committed to providing regular updates as new information becomes available.


Information updated as of March 13, 2020 at 8:15 p.m.

District of Oak Bay
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2020

The District of Oak Bay Activates Emergency Operations Centre

The District of Oak Bay has activated an EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) at Level 2 with Chief Administrative Officer Lou Varela as the EOC Director.  The EOC will be responsible for local emergency preparedness, response coordination, and ensuring continuity of District services. 

All forthcoming communications will be directed through the EOC in consultation with District staff and our regional partners.

At this time, the EOC will operate out of the Oak Bay Municipal Hall during regular business hours with a primary focus on maintaining situational awareness and information sharing related to the COVID-19 situation.  Activating the EOC provides a mechanism to centralize planning and coordinate communications.

It is important to recognize that the District is not the lead agency on COVID-19 (coronavirus) and will continue to take direction from the Province and Island Health.  Staff are working to anticipate and reduce any disruptions to District operations and to ensure timely information updates.  We encourage the public to visit the municipal website at www.oakbay.ca as well as our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Residents are reminded to continue practicing preventative measures including:

  • hand washing frequently for 20 – 30 seconds with soap and warm water;
  • using alcohol-based hand rubs;
  • avoiding touching their face, eyes, nose and mouth;
  • covering their nose and mouth with disposable tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing;
  • regular cleaning of high touch surfaces and personal workspaces;
  • maintaining social distancing (1 – 2 metres apart);
  • discouraging handshaking;
  • remaining at home if they are sick, caring for someone who is ill or, if they have been exposed to a presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19; and
  • avoiding non-essential travel outside of Canada.

For information on COVID-19 (coronavirus), please visit the following sources:

The District of Oak Bay is continuing to monitor the developing COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation and is coordinating with the Province and Island Health and other regional partners. Further updates will be provided as additional information becomes available.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Lou Varela
Chief Administrative Officer
250-888-4697
lvarela@oakbay.ca


Information updated as of March 12, 2020 at 4:52 p.m.

The District is continuing to follow direction provided by the Province and Island Health. The Special Committee of the Whole Financial Plan Meeting will proceed as scheduled. The District is mitigating risk of transmission of COVID-19 through the following:

  • Implementing recommended social distance within the Council Chambers
  • Installing additional hand sanitizing stations in the Municipal Hall
  • Posting signage about hand hygiene
  • Providing the opportunity to view proceedings via livestream

Further updates will be provided.


Information updated as of March 11, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

The District is monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 in Oak Bay. There are currently no presumptive or confirmed cases in Oak Bay. District operations remain unaffected at this time.

Council meetings will be held as scheduled and the public is permitted to attend in-person, but encouraged to view meeting proceedings online via livestream and provide written comments on Agenda items to Council.

Staff have been directed to continue with:

  • frequent hand washing,
  • use of alcohol-based hand rubs,
  • avoid touching their face, eyes, nose and mouth,
  • cover their nose and mouth with disposable tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing,
  • regularly cleaning high touch surfaces and personal workspaces,
  • maintaining social distancing (1 metre or 3 feet apart),
  • discouraging handshaking. and
  • remaining at home if they are sick, caring for someone who is ill or, if they have been exposed to a presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19.

The District will continue to monitor the situation and will take direction from the Province and Island Health as required. Further updates will be provided.


March 6, 2020

The District of Oak Bay is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely. While B.C. has confirmed cases of coronavirus, the risk to Canadians continues to be low.

Here are some key reminders from The World Health Organization:

  • Wash your hands frequently - Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub,
  • Maintain social distancing - Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing,
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth - Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick,
  • Practice respiratory hygiene - Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early - Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • When to mask up – You only need to wear a mask if you are coughing, sneezing or taking care of someone with COVID-19. Masks are only effective when used with frequent handwashing.

In addition to the usual cold and flu season response, the District is taking the following actions:

  • Arranging for more frequent cleans of high touch points,
  • Installing additional hand sanitizer units,
  • Encouraging staff to regularly wipe down personal workspaces,
  • Discouraging handshaking.

For up-to-date information and answers to your questions about novel coronavirus (COVID-19), consult trusted, evidence-based sources, including:

BC Centre for Disease Control

Government of Canada

World Health Organization

Island Health

Coronavirus information lines

  • Novel coronavirus information: 1-833-784-4397   
  • Health information 8-1-1