How do I prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Stay Home

  • Don't attend public gatherings. 

  • Limit visits to public places to only necessary outings such as buying groceries and medications. 

  • Shop online whenever possible.

 

Physical Distancing

  • Minimize your contact with others through physically distancing by keeping at least 2 meters apart when outside your home. 

Sanitizing and Etiquette​

  •  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective means of reducing the spread of infection. 

  • If a sink is not available, alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them. 

  • Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or moth with unwashed hands. 

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough. 

  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. 

Additional measures can be found here.

If you have a chronic health condition such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease, you may be at a higher risk of developing more severe complications from COVID-19. Please follow general preventative strategies against infection, engage in self-isolation, and if you should become ill, seek medical help early.

What should I do if I think I have symptoms or think I may have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19?

BC COVID-19 SELF ASSESSMENT TOOL: 

https://bc.thrive.health/

This self-assessment tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to.

If you fall ill with COVID-19, stay home and self-isolate for 14 days.

Crisis Hotline

Times of change, loss, and struggle can create feelings of depression, helplessness, hopelessness and intense fear. It is natural to feel overwhelmed. You can call the crisis hotline to speak with someone who is able to listen and help you. 

Call 1-833-456-4566 or Text 45645

Announcements

  • Public gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people. This includes sporting events, conferences, meetings, religious gatherings, and other events. However, it is advisable that you do not attend public gatherings that are smaller than this number, either.

  • Individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to board domestic flights or rail. 

  • As of March 17, BC has suspended K-12 classes.

  • Travel outside of Canada is currently banned, including to the United States. Certain travel restrictions within Canada have also been instituted. Certain exceptions apply, such as travel for work and study, economic services and supply chains, critical infrastructure support, immediate medical care and security, and shopping for essential goods such as medications.

I am returning to Canada from outside the country.

What should I do?

If you do not show symptoms: 

  • You may return to your home through whatever plans you had arranged. 

  • You will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. 

If you do show symptoms, and are travelling by air: 

  • You will be given instructions upon arrival of how to proceed. 

  • If you arrive at a major airport in order to transition to another airport, you will not be permitted to board your second flight.

  • If you have a private vehicle, you may drive straight home, making no stops. 

  • The government may be able to facilitate medical transportation home if you live within a 12-hour radius of the airport.

  • If you cannot drive home, you will be required to stay in a federal facility (hotel) for the duration of your self-isolation.

  • You will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. 

If you show symptoms and are travelling across a land border by car:

  • You may continue to drive home, but are not permitted to make any stops. 
  • You will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. 

If sending you home will put a vulnerable person you live with at risk (ex: an elderly person, a person with a respiratory issue)​

  • public health will work with you to find an alternative accommodation
  • You may need to stay in a federal isolation hotel.

In any circumstance, major fines exist for failure to comply with mandatory self-isolation.

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www.nellyshin.ca