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General News · 1st March 2020
Noba Anderson
Messaging developed with support from Comox Valley Regional District/City Corporate Communications and emergency planning staff with direct messaging from Island Health located at bottom.

The BC Ministry of Health and the provincial health officer have indicated the COVID-19 risk remains low for BC.

Current global events illustrate the concerns and challenges related to this illness, and local authorities are receiving regular updates from health officials. As noted below by Dr. Charmaine Enns, North Vancouver Island Medical Health Officer, no cases to date have been identified on Vancouver Island. Dr. Enns has also provided links to recommended sources for additional information.

The British Columbia Pandemic Influenza Provincial Coordination Plan outlines the role of local governments in relation to the province, health authorities, and other public agencies.
Please find an update below from my colleagues at the Vancouver Island Health Authority Medical Health Office regarding the status of COVID-19:

- COVID 19 remains a low risk in BC. Currently there 7 identified cases; 3 have recovered and 4 are continuing to recover at home.

- Priority in Canada remains identification of cases and containment. All cases (13) in Canada have been managed at home, none ill enough for hospital admission.

- No cases to date have been identified on Vancouver island.

- COVID 19 Coordination is occurring at federal and provincial levels.

- This is a very dynamic and rapidly emerging situation. Info is updated daily on the BCCDC website, http://www.bccdc.ca/ and even more frequently on the WHO, https://www.who.int/ website

- Should there be cases on Vancouver Island, Island Health would identify alternate sites for individuals to be assessed and screened so that those potentially ill would avoid the hospital and clinic.

- Public health measures as for any winter viruses, including influenza, apply. Staying home if you have a fever and cough, diligent hand washing and respiratory hygiene such as sneezing and coughing into your sleeve.

- Should there be cases in communities on Vancouver island social distancing may be recommended. This may include avoiding or cancelling mass events.

- The epidemiology will guide recommendations.