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General News · 16th March 2020
CCHA Isabelle Laplante RN
1. What to do if you have cold symptoms?
Unless you are a health care worker with symptoms, you do not need to be swabbed for Covid-19. Stay home, and drink lots of fluids.
If you have shortness of breath or are feeling extremely unwell, call ahead to the clinic, and we will make arrangements to see you.

2. Do I need to self-isolate?
If you have come from outside of Canada within the last 2 weeks, please stay at home. That includes visiting friends, getting groceries, or picking up prescriptions. The Gorge, Bertha's and the Co-op offer home deliveries. Thank you for this wonderful service! If prescription pick-up is an issue, maybe we can create a home delivery service for those who need it most.

If you are over 70 years of age and/or have medical conditions, consider self-isolation at home which may include shorter visits from your family—ie/grandkids, etc or limiting the number of visitors overall. We don’t want you exposed to the virus by accident. Self-isolation is usually recommended for communities that have a higher number of cases (which we do not have because of our geographic isolation), but because we are also more isolated from a hospital, it will be best to keep our cases to a minimum.

3. What does social distancing mean?
It means that if you go out for a walk or go for groceries, you try to stay away from others by approximately 1m. It decreases the chance you will be exposed to the virus.

If you need to travel by ferry, stay in your vehicle, if possible. Try to avoid non-urgent medical tests or assessments such as x-rays, lab tests, physiotherapy, massages, etc.

4. What can I do to protect myself and my family?

Stay home if you are sick. Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer frequently throughout the day. Clean high-touch areas such as toilets, bedside tables and door handles with diluted bleach (one-part bleach to nine-parts water) or a household disinfectant regularly. Do not touch your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Remember that we can all contribute to minimize the impact of Covid-19 on Cortes Island.

For the latest on Covid-19 from the BC Centre for Disease Control, check out their website:

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