COVID-19 resources for our Island families
With news about the COVID-19 outbreak changing daily, it can be overwhelming to navigate the sea of information that is available online. While staying informed is important, avoiding misinformation is just as critical.
To help you stay informed, we have compiled a list of the most up-to-date tips and resources to help our Island kids and families stay safe and healthy during this challenging time.
How to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid touching your face
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Practice social distancing by keeping at least two metres apart from others when outside the home
- Cancel gatherings of more than 50 people
- Stay at home and away from others if you feel ill
- Self-isolate for 14 days if you have been travelling or have been exposed to the virus
Anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19, or who is experiencing symptoms of the virus can use this self-assessment tool developed by the BC Ministry of Health to determine whether further assessment and testing is required.
If you feel that you might have COVID-19, please call ahead to your primary care provider’s office or dial 8-1-1 to assess whether testing is required. Calling ahead to the clinic before you go ensures the clinic is prepared to test you and keeps the clinic staff and other visitors safe.
The province has created a phone service to provide non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing. Information is available in more than 110 languages, 7:30 am – 8:00 pm at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 604-630-0300.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has set up a COVID-19 information line at 1-833-784-4397.
The BC Centre for Disease Control has information on frequently asked questions about COVID-19 signs and symptoms, including screening criteria.
The BC Government and Provincial Health Officer are providing the public with daily updates. Stay up-to-date with the latest B.C. COVID-19 news here.