General News · 15th April 2020
There are some positive things to report about testing. A device that can test samples in the field is coming to BC. It will be useful in rural settings and capable of up to 10 tests per day, giving results in about 30 minutes. These devices are shipping this week but we do not know when they will be available in the field and will no doubt require some training to assure accuracy so we must be patient.
Speaking of patience, there are early indications that the measures in place are working to flatten the curve of infection that has been relentlessly rising until just the last few days. Results are not conclusive yet and Dr. Bonnie Henry will have more to say by the time you read this. In the meantime the rules set by our medical experts for BC have not changed significantly:
• Social distance must be observed,
• Frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer,
• Avoid gatherings other than immediate family members you live with already,
• Avoid facial touching,
• Wearing a mask when out and about,
• Avoiding non-essential trips,
• Stay home
It is much too early to slack off on these rules. It takes weeks, not days for the results to take effect. There is a lot of misinformation out there on the net and in social media. Be sure the advice you follow is from official sources, and that advice does change so keep informed.
If you feel you need medical attention call the clinic (250-935-6718) for instructions. That may involve waiting for a call back from the medical staff, usually in a short time. If you are ill with more serious symptoms such as fever, dry cough, headache, and/or shortness of breath you may be advised to call 911 for assistance.
Ron Croda, CCHA Secretary