Novel Coronavirus Information

March 6, 2020

The Coronovirus has featured heavily in the news of late, and as such some of the members of our community may have concerns about the spread of Coronavirus. It is important to know that in health matters like this municipalities are guided by local, provincial and federal health authorities.

The information contained here is precautionary in nature and is for information sharing purposes. It does not indicate any additional risk in our community.

It is important to know the true facts; for up-to-date and accurate information visit the health agencies’ websites listed below. They also offer the information translated into other languages.

What you can do

Take the usual precautions to prevent regular cold or flu viruses during the cold and flu season. This includes:

  • Good hygiene:  Wash hands with soap and water, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing (such as coughing into your elbow or using a tissue) and stay home when you are sick. Use of disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces can also help.
  • Masks are not recommended as protection. Surgical masks are not designed to protect the wearer from becoming sick. They may cause you to touch your face more often, which may be worse than not wearing a mask.‎
  • If you have either travelled to a high-risk area or have come into contact with someone who has recently traveled or returned from a high-risk area and think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus, call 8-1-1 for an assessment.

For more information and updates please visit one of the websites below.

Translated information is available on the Vancouver Coastal Health website and the Healthlink BC website.

Health Agencies

Vancouver Coastal Health: www.vch.ca/about-us/news/vancouver-coastal-health-statement-on-coronavirus

HealthLink BC: www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus-covid-19

BC Centre for Disease Control: www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)

Public Health Agency of Canada: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html