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COVID-19 UPDATES

April 8, 2020

Category 2, Category 3, Resource Open Management Fires to be prohibited

Effective April 16, 2020, Category 2, Category 3, Resource Open Management Fires will be prohibited in most of the Province.

See the Province's INFORMATION BULLETIN for details and link to a map of impacted areas.

April 8, 2020

BC Parks Response to COVID-19 - Full BC Parks System Closure

Order of the Executive Director - READ HERE .

BC Parks is immediately closing the entire BC Parks system, including all parks, protected areas, conservancies, recreation areas, and ecological reserves. All camping (front and backcountry) is now banned until May 31st, 2020. This action is being taken in response to the call for increased action to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the desire of the public to get outdoors, many parks have already experienced peak season levels of use that have resulted in overwhelmed parking lots, trails and trailheads, making physical distancing difficult, if not impossible in some locations. It has also resulted in damage to our facilities and the environment.

This closure is also necessary to ensure the continued health and safety of our visitors, employees, park operators and their staff, volunteers, and park contractors. By taking this action, we align with federal and provincial directives for people to stay home to reduce COVID-19 transmission risk.

This temporary measure means public and vehicle access is prohibited until further notice. All trails, roads, day-use areas, beaches, lakes, boat launches, and backcountry areas are closed to the public. Park closures will be enforced through regular monitoring and patrols and anyone found in a closed park will be evicted and could face a $115 fine.

In addition to the full system closure, the campground closure has been extended to May 31st, 2020. Full refunds will continue to be provided to those with existing reservations during this time. The Discover Camping reservation system has been suspended for all new reservations. A public notice will be issued once facilities are reopened and the system is able to accept new reservations.

BC Parks continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely and is following the recommendations set out by the Provincial Health Officer and the Minister of Health for decisions related to closure and reopening of parks and facilities.

Please continue to check the BC Parks website for updates.

BC Parks COVID-19 Questions and Answers: bcparks.ca/covid-19/questions-answers/

Media Release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020ENV0014-000553

For more COVID-19 information, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control: BCCDC: http://covid-19.bccdc.ca/

Provincial Health Officer and Ministry of Health News: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

April 8, 2020

Media Release from RDFFG regarding Landfills and Transfer Stations

Regional District landfills and transfer stations brace for busy weekend and ask for public cooperation:

View the MEDIA RELEASE .

April 7, 2020

Compliance and Enforcement Guidance about Public Health Orders with respect to Physical Distancing

The BC Ministry of Health with the BC Centre for Disease Control has issued the Compliance and Enforcement Guidance about Public Health Orders with respect to Physical Distancing document. This document is to provide guidance to compliance and enforcement officials (C&EOs) such as bylaw enforcement officers and other provincial compliance officers i.e. liquor and cannabis control and licencing inspectors, gambling enforcement and investigations officers, and community safety personnel with respect to the implementation of COVID-19 public health orders.

View this document: Compliance and Enforcement Guidance 2020-03-31 final.

April 2, 2020

                           CORPORATION OF THE VILLAGE OF McBRIDE

Bylaw Officer Supervisor


The Village of McBride is pleased to announce that Pete Berndsen will be joining the Village of McBride’s Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) as a Bylaw Officer Supervisor starting on April 2, 2020.

Pete will be working with the Village’s Emergency Management team to support both Minister Farnworth, Public Safety and Solicitor General’s ministerial orders and Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer’s recommendations and orders during this period of COVID-19 pandemic. 

Pete’s extensive experience working with the RCMP for almost 40 years will be a great benefit to this temporary Bylaw Officer role. Pete is well known in the Robson Valley and will offer much needed support during these challenging and unprecedented times.

Bylaw Officer, Pete Berndsen, will be available 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday to assist and support the Village of McBride’s EOC, businesses and community members. Please join the Village’s Mayor, Council and Staff in welcoming Pete!

Stay Safe and Informed on COVID-19 https://www.mcbride.ca/village-office/covid-19.

Chief Administrative Officer, Sheila McCutcheon

April 1, 2020

Regional District urges responsible use of landfills and transfer stations during COVID-19 crisis

McBride Transfer Station Winter Operating Hours Extended through to April 30, 2020

Monday, Thursday, Friday 9 am – 4 pm

Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

Tuesday and Wednesday CLOSED

Holiday Operating Hours are from 10 am to 2 pm. (Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day ONLY). The facility is CLOSED on all other Holidays

Regional District urges responsible use of landfills and transfer stations during COVID-19 crisis – Media Release

April 1, 2020

BC HYDRO – COVID-19 RELIEF RESPONSE

Residential Customers/Small Business Customers: COVID-19 Relief Fund
The COVID-19 Relief Fund allows eligible residential  and eligible small business customers to receive three months of free credit/electricity charges waived on their BC Hydro bill based on their average consumption. 

Commercial Customers: COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program
For residential and commercial customers that are not eligible for our COVID-19 Relief Fund, we have the COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program available which allows you to defer bill payments or arrange for flexible payment plans with no penalty. Call our customer service team at 1 800 BCHYDRO (1 800 224 9376) to discuss bill payment options.

BC Hydro Fact Sheet COVID-19 Relief Fund

March 30, 2020

Update from Northern Health - Community Guide

New booklet available for communities: Coronavirus (COVID-19): A Northern Health Guide for your Community contains all the information you need to keep safe and well informed. It will be updated regularly online.

March 30, 2020

A message from Northern Health - Friday, March 27, 2020

In these challenging times, we want to take a moment to assure you we have been working diligently and tirelessly in coordination with the province and the country on a collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are not alone in this crisis. We are a part of a system that is working very hard to minimize the impact of the challenges we face. This begins with a role everyone has – social distancing, avoiding mass gatherings, self-isolation where appropriate and hand hygiene – please help be part of the solution!

We also want to assure you that local and regional preparations are well under way. Over the last few weeks we have been following the Provincial Health Officer’s direction in implementing actions that will help keep people safe in their communities and create capacity in our hospitals by managing elective procedures and prioritizing urgent care. In addition, we are working on Phase Three planning, which fully focuses on critical care, acute care, patient transportation, and health human resource planning. We are nearing completion of those plans over the next week.

Our staff are on the front lines, from housekeepers through to nurses, as well as physicians. Above all, we ask you to stay calm, react only to factual information, and follow our Public Health Orders from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. We have attached a community guide. It provides more details on the planning work we are doing, as well as information and resources to assist you. We will continue to keep you updated through weekly updates, as well as through social media, the web, and other public communications.

Thanking you in advance for your continued cooperation.

Sincerely,

Colleen Nyce                            Cathy Ulrich                    Raina Fumerton
NH Board Chair                          CEO                                   Chief Medical Health Officer (Acting)

Provincial case counts and statement 

 
New booklet available for communities
Northern Health has created a new booklet for communities to download and distribute: Coronavirus (COVID-19): A Northern Health Guide for Your Community contains all the information you need to help keep your community safe and well informed. It will be updated regularly online.
 
How is Northern Health responding to the COVID-19 outbreak?
Over the last few weeks, we have been following the Provincial Health Officer’s direction in implementing actions that will help keep people safe in their communities. We have created capacity in our hospitals by managing elective surgical procedures and prioritizing urgent care. This has opened up space in our hospitals as we prepare for people who may require hospitalization. In addition, we are working on Phase Three planning, which focuses on critical care, acute care, patient transportation, and health human resource planning. We are nearing completion of those plans. Operational planning also includes, province-wide, 17 “primary COVID” hospital care sites, while also planning to use as needed all hospital sites to meet demand.

NH is part of a provincial and national system that includes effective patient transportation systems when needed. This work also includes a focused approach in putting in place, with their clinical and support staff, a four- to six-week staffing schedule that redeploys staff as necessary to provide for the critical care needs required. In addition, as part of the preparation, we are managing our critical care inventory, including ventilators. Additional ventilators have been ordered, some have arrived provincially, and they will be deployed appropriately and where the need is. This is in addition to stock that has been/is undergoing refurbishment.

More details on Northern Health’s outbreak response:

Phases 1 and 2: Complete

      • Created acute care capacity and acute care utilization teams
      • Established 1-844-645-7811 line and virtual clinic
      • Created more capacity in surgical, ambulatory care, medical imaging and lab
      • Closed adult care centres and postponed respite care (care plans being updated)
      • Shifted visitor policy
      • Completed policy on working remotely
      • Completed inventory of non-clinical staff who could be redeployed
      • Reviewed pharmacy process, protocols, and business continuity
      • Developed algorithms for emergency departments
      • Established patient transport office 24/7, and associated protocols
      • Updated protocols for kidney, cancer and cardiac care
      • Developed protocols for contact tracing, case management ,and self-monitoring
      • Completed initial round of public materials and messaging, including daily staff digests, daily physician updates, weekly leadership
      • memos, and weekly stakeholder updates
      • Updated environmental cleaning
      • Reassessed protocols for personal protective equipment (PPE)
      • Held tabletop exercises for emergency department presentations and inpatient admissions
      • Inventoried capacity for acute care and long-term care


Phases 2 and 3: Currently under way

      • Shifting to essential community services
      • Creating public health response teams
      • Reviewing ground transport
      • Assessing rapid laboratory testing options for the Northwest
      • Bolstering patient transport capacity
      • Stabilizing supply chain for personal protective equipment (PPE)
      • Modeling to inform ventilator distributions
      • Forming local emergency operations committees
      • Finalizing critical care plan for implementation – intubation, ventilation, negative pressure rooms, locations
      • Creating inpatient areas to cohort those with respiratory symptoms
      • Establishing separate emergency room triage areas for those with respiratory symptoms
      • Establishing critical care clinical consultation and support team with clear process for accessing service
      • Finalizing COVID-19 ethics framework and consultation service

 
Information for natural resource industries, camps, construction, and more
The province is expected to release guidelines for industrial camps in response to COVID-19 within the next few days. They will be posted on the BCCDC webpage when available; operators are encouraged to check this website regularly (daily).

Industry: We recognize that industrial camps provide an environment that can foster the transmission of infections from person to person. NH has been and continues to contact camps and projects across the region, to discuss infection prevention and control measures that can be taken by industrial camps in response to COVID-19. This includes (but is not limited to): cleaning and sanitation procedures, handwashing stations, protocols for responding to suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19, social distancing measures, food handling, workforce screening, and plans to minimize travel and scale down workforces

Construction: Employers in the construction industry have been asking for clarity regarding what recent orders by the Provincial Health Officer mean for them. On March 22, the Province of BC issued an information bulletin providing guidance to construction sites operating during COVID-19. The updated guidance clarifies that the order prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people does not currently apply to construction sites as a whole.

Rather, the Public Health Officer is directing employers to take all necessary precautions to minimize the risks of COVID-19 transmission and illness to themselves and their employees. This includes limiting gatherings to less than 50 people in the same space in any circumstances, maintaining a distance of 2 metres between employees where possible, reducing in-person meetings, increasing handwashing stations, cleaning common areas and surfaces daily, and ensuring anyone with COVID-19 symptoms self-isolates at home for 14 days.

Physical distancing
Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by keeping a physical distance between each other. Physical distancing is the most effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Physical distancing saves lives by reducing the chance you will become infected. It also slows the spread of infection over a longer period of time, so Northern Health has a better chance of keeping up. It’s everyone’s responsibility to practice social distancing, whether you have symptoms or not.

      • Avoid close contact with other people. Keep at least 2 meters (6 feet) away from them.
      • Avoid public transport – buses, taxis, ride-sharing.
      • Work from home – speak to your employer about this.
      • Avoid social activities such as going to cafes, pubs, restaurants, or movie theaters.
      • Avoid events with groups of more than 50 people.
      • Avoid going on children’s playdates, such as going to a playground or park.
      • Don’t have visitors to your home. This includes friends and family (other than the family members you live with).
      • Don’t go to your doctor’s office without phoning ahead.If you have questions, call your family doctor or nurse practitioner
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water– for at least 20 seconds.
      • Always wash your hands when you get home or arrive at work.
      • If soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
      • Cough or sneeze into your elbow, or into a tissue. Put used tissues in the garbage immediately, and then wash your hands
      • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth 
Changes to access for community facilities
You may have noticed that there have been changes to the layout of the hospital or other NH facility in your community, and the flow of people within them. As part of the COVID-19 preparations, visitor restrictions will limit the number of people on site. If it’s appropriate for you to be on site, please watch for new signage on how to navigate services and restricted areas.
 
Self-assessment app now available
The BC COVID-19 Support app is now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play (for Android).
You can self-assess for COVID-19, and the app will also send you the latest updates, trusted resources and alerts.

Also, BC has a self-assessment website – bc.thrive.health – to help people decide whether they need assessing or testing.

Trusted Links and Resources

For current information on restrictions on travel, gatherings and other issues, see the Provincial Health Officer’s webpage on current health topics. This page has links to the latest joint statements and orders issued by the Provincial Health Officer and a link to the Government of Canada’s travel advice and advisories.

March 27, 2020

Village of McBride Closing Playgrounds in Response to COVID-19

March 27, 2020

Village of McBride Closing Playgrounds in Response to COVID-19

Please be advised that Effective Immediately all Village of McBride Playgrounds are closed and use of playground equipment is prohibited.

This includes the playground equipment at:

      • Steve Kolida Village Park
      • McBride Crescent Park
      • McBride Skate Park and Pump Track

Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry advises against children using playground equipment at this time due to the spread of COVID-19.

The Village of McBride appreciates your support and cooperation to

HELP STOP THE SPREAD & STAY SAFE

March 27, 2020

AG Foods Update Hours of Operation

March 27,2020

Local Food Bank expects increase in demand due to COVID-19 pandemic

March 27, 2020

British Columbia Driver Licences (BCDL)

Effective March 25, you can now access the following transactions by phone at 1-800-950-1498 or 250-978-8300:

      • Renewing an existing BCDL
      • Reinstating a BCDL if your licence has been cancelled, prohibited or suspended and is now eligible for reinstatement
      • Issuing a replacement BC driver's licence

The driver licensing fee, photo and signature (as appropriate) will not be collected at the time of the transaction.

ICBC will mail you a paper interim driver's licence that expires 90 days from the date of issue. A physical card will not be produced until you attend a BCDL driver licensing office, at which time the regular fees and signatory requirements will apply.

These temporary procedures apply to driver licences that are expiring within six weeks; or have not expired for more than three years.

March 26, 2020

Resources for Individuals, Families and Businesses

On March 25, 2020 Prime Minister Trudeau announced federal financial support for people facing unemployment, including for self-employed individuals and contract workers. 
 
The NEW Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months. This benefit replaces the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit. 
 
The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number.
 
Link to information on the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit:
https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan/covid19-individuals.html#unable_work_new_canada_emergency_response_benefit
 
Information about additional Federal supports for individuals, families and businesses can be found: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html
 
The Provincial Government has compiled a list of Provincial and Federal sources of support for individuals, families and businesses here: 
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support?utm_campaign=20200319_GCPE_AM_COVID_4_NOTIFICATION_BCGOV_BCGOV_EN_BC__NOTIFICATION
 
Reminder:

For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community from COVID-19 and to use an online self-assessment tool, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/

The self-assessment app can be downloaded at: https://bc.thrive.health/

For non-health questions about COVID-19, call 1 888 COVID-19 or visit: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities:
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/ 
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews

For a Chinese translation, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2020.03.25_New_ExistingCasesCOVID-19_CN.pdf

March 26, 2020

The Province has release a NEW Physical Distancing Poster

Please print and post copies of the poster in your homes and businesses to encourage physical distancing and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Link to PDF of Physical Distancing Poster for printing: Physical Distancing Poster

March 26, 2020

OPEN BURNING BAN IN VILLAGE OF McBRIDE UNTIL WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2020

Link to Provincial OPEN BURNING RESTRICTIONS ISSUED FOR ALL HIGH SMOKE SENSITIVITY ZONES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA media release from March 26, 2020: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/air-land-water/air/advisories/2020-03-26_hssz_open_burning_restrictions_issued.pdf

March 26, 2020

Fraud Reports from RCMP

Although we are currently in the midst unprecedented times in the Robson Valley, RCMP have already received calls in relation to COVID-19 frauds which include:

      • Private companies offering ‘fast’ covid-19 tests for sale.

Only hospitals are currently authorized to perform the tests. No other tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate results.

      • Consumers are purchasing large amounts of products and reselling them at higher prices.

These products may be expired, of lower quality and increase your health risks.

      • Fraudsters are creating fraudulent and deceptive online ads offering cleaning products, hand sanitizers and other items in high demand.
      • The FTC & FDA (USA) have warned several companies selling fraudulent products that claim to treat or prevent the disease.

No such products have been approved. The unapproved drugs threaten public health and violate federal laws.

      • Fraudsters posing as police have been imposing on-the-spot fines to consumers wearing masks. They claim that wearing a mask in public goes against a full-face veil law.

It is not illegal to wear a mask for health reasons.

      • Fraudsters may urge you to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease.
      • Fraudsters are sending phishing, spear phishing and other malicious email campaigns that capitalize on the public’s fears about Covid-19.
      • Fraudsters are creating fraudulent and deceptive online ads offering cleaning products, hand sanitizers and other items in high demand.

The latest information on COVID-19 is available at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

To confirm if a charity is registered: https://apps.cra-arc.gc.ca/ebci/hacc/srch/pub/dsplyBscSrch?request_locale=en

If you are unsure about an offer, remember IF IT SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT PROBABLY IS -- hang-up, don’t click the link and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center.

If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at:  www.antifraudcentre.ca.

March 25, 2020

Information from Northern Health:

Northern Health 24/7 COVID-19 call centre up and running
Northern Health has implemented an online COVID-19 clinic to help answer Northerners’ questions. Staffed by nurses and primary care providers, it offers information, virtual screenings, and assessment for people who think they might have COVID-19 / might have been exposed. 
 
It will be staffed 24/7 for now, but service levels may be reduced depending on demand.
 
Toll-free number: 1-844-645-7811
 
Online symptom checker available
An online self-assessment tool for COVID-19 is now available on the BCCDC website: 
https://covid19.thrive.health/ 
 
Provincial call centre available for COVID-19 questions
The provincial government has implemented a helpline for non-medical questions: BC Govt. COVID-19 Helpline: 1-888-COVID19 or 1-888-268-4319
 
How can I be tested for COVID-19?
COVID-19 testing locations are operational in all communities across the region. Please note that people are being asked NOT to go to testing locations without an appointment. Testing is available for all who need it, but not everyone needs a test.  

There are three ways to book an appointment for a test:
    • NH COVID-19 Online Clinic and Information Line: 1-844-645-7811, toll-free.
    • British Columbia COVID-19 information line: 1-888-COVID19 / 1-888-268-4319
    • HealthlinkBC (811

Also see BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool: https://covid19.thrive.health/

The Patient Care Coordinator will call to provide:
    1. Testing appointment time.
    2. Instructions on how to enter the testing facility.
Will I be able to find out if there’s a case in my community?
Northern Health won't identify or release the location of people in our region who may have contracted COVID-19 if we know where they contracted it, if we know where they are, and if they are isolating per protocols. 

Under those conditions, they are not a threat to public health, so they are entitled to privacy. As well, we don’t want to incite panic or rumours in communities. This is consistent with the approach being take across the province.
 
If there are cases of community transmission, or there’s an unexplained jump in confirmed cases, communities will be notified as necessary to ensure public health management.
 
It’s important that people are prepared and take the appropriate precautions that we have been sharing regularly. The actions we’re asking you to take are the same, whether there are cases in your community or not.
 
Is the Northern Health Connections bus still running?
We will be restricting passengers to those who require essential out of town appointments, such as dialysis patients. Additional decisions may be forthcoming on travel suspensions.
 
Reducing visitor access
Until further notice, the following visitor restrictions are now in place in hospital and long term care:
    • ONE (1) adult caregiver/support person (exceptions may be made for Neonatal ICU & Inpatient Pediatric, with routine precautions and in consultation with infection prevention & control)
    • We will accommodate patient and family needs and consult with infection prevention & control for Palliative/end of life areas
Trusted links
BC Centre for Disease Control
HealthLink BC FAQ
WHO FAQ
Health Canada FAQ

March 24, 2020

NEW SELF-ASSESSMENT APP for COVID-19 – BC Ministry of Health

Along with being able to check symptoms online, British Columbians can now download a new self-assessment app at https://bc.thrive.health/.

March 23, 2020

March 22, 2020

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, BC's Public Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, ordered  personal service establishments, such as but not limited to: nail salons, tattoo parlours, barbershops, beauty parlours, health spas and massage parlours are ordered to close until further notice. These services require direct, personal contact with other people, and that is impossible to deliver while maintaining appropriate distancing.

The link to the Province's information Bulletin: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0102-000540.

March 22, 2020

The McBride Visitor Centre and Whistle Stop Gallery are now CLOSED.

The Board of Directors, in their response to Public Health Officer Dr. Henry’s orders, have made the decision to close both the Whistle Stop Gallery and Visitor Information Center as of March 22, 2020.  The public washrooms at the McBride Train Station will also be closed and no longer available for public use.

March 21, 2020

COVID-19 – Province of BC Health Officer Orders are NOT OPTIONAL

Village of McBride and District Residents, I urge you to please follow COVID-19 advice from Dr. Bonnie Henry. These orders and health advisories are NOT OPTIONAL: Social Distancing is necessary to protect our community and its members.

The Village of McBride activated its Emergency Operations Centre on March 12, 2020 in response to COVID-19. The Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has been communicating daily and issuing new orders. There have been increasing closures in various business and public sector and she has been stressing the need for social distancing, hand washing and self isolation when necessary.

If you have questions or are uncertain about any of these orders please contact Sheila McCutcheon: cao@mcbride.ca or Karen Dube: karen@mcbride.ca or call the Village Office at 250-569-2229.

 
Province of BC Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry Orders:
We are reminding British Columbians that their actions today will determine the impact of the virus in coming weeks. March 21, 2020
 
SOCIAL DISTANCING REMINDERS:
Now is the time to stay home as much as possible, and keep a safe distance from others (2 metres, 6 feet from others) when in the community.
 

REDUCE RISK OF INFECTION REMINDERS:

      • Stay home.
      • REMINDER: Practice social distancing (staying 2 metres apart from others) if you must leave your home.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection.
      • If a sink is not available, alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them.
      • Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
      • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough.
      • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
      • Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.

COVID-19 Resources for residents:

Northern Health INFO LINE:

COVID-19 Online Clinic and Information Line for Northern BC residents:

Phone: 1-844-645-7811

Website: https://stories.northernhealth.ca/stories/covid-19-online-clinic-and-information-line

HEALTHLINK BC COVID-19 NON-CLINICAL INFORMATION:

Phone: 811

Website: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

PROVINCE OF BC COVID-19 ONLINE ASSESSMENT TOOL: https://covid19.thrive.health/

BC CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL: http://covid-19.bccdc.ca/

March 21, 2020

On Friday, B.C.'s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, ordered all restaurants can only offer take-out and/or delivery services to enforce social distancing. 

The link to the Province's Information Bulletin: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0099-000533?fbclid=IwAR3rYB1A5zr6H586QO8_8ezvRvIzQV7WI8p-7ubx1O93zENdxGNEuunQ1_o

 Link to video of BC's daily COVID -19 Update with Dr. Bonnie Henry HERE.

March 20, 2020

CORPORATION OF THE VILLAGE OF MCBRIDE

Public Notice 

March 20, 2020

McBride Village Council agreed unanimously to close the Village Office effective Monday, March 23, 2020 in an effort to protect citizens and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Provincial emergency response. 

All Village services will remain accessible by telephone or email during the closure which is expected to continue through to April 14, 2020. BCID Service Cards, BC Services Cards and BC Driver Licenses renewals will be provided by appointment only. 

All Council and Committee of the Whole meetings have been postponed until further notice.

Council also agreed to extend the Utility Fee discount period to May 30, 2020.

McBride Council is heeding the advice of the province’s health leaders and professionals and respectfully asks that McBride residents practice social distancing or self-isolate during this crisis. Residents can find more information about the provincial emergency response, social distancing and COVID-19 facts at www.gov.bc.ca/covid19 or by calling 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319).  Residents can also find information from the BC Centre for Disease Control at www.bccdc.ca.

Residents requiring service or more information can contact Village staff at 250-569-2229 or by email at mcbride@mcbride.ca. Information will continue to be provided to the public during this emergency via the Village’s website, mcbride.ca/village-office/covid-19 and Facebook, facebook.com/VillageMcBride/

Mayor Gene Runtz, members of Council and the staff of the Village of McBride thank residents for their resiliency and cooperation during this difficult time.

RECOMMENDED VIEWING: Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Adrian Dix answer your coronavirus questions at BC Town Hall - March 19, 2020

March 20, 2020

Provincial and Federal supports for Small Businesses:

1.  The Federal Government has created a webpage called Resources for Canadian Businesses: COVID-19 that includes information and links to financial and other supports for small businesses and their employees, including:

      1. Supports for Employees (Emergency Support Benefit, boosts to Child Tax Benefit payments, changes to EI, enhanced Work-Sharing program)
      2. Supports for Businesses (new Business Credit Program, deferment of tax payments, 10% wage subsidy for small business, Emergency Care Benefit, Regional Development Agency support)
      3. Information about Business Travel and Events
      4. Business in International Markets

2.  The Province of BC, in conjunction with Small Business BC, is distributing an information sheet called Business Continuity & Covid-19: Key Considerations for Small Businesses in BC.  This information sheet contains information and links under three headings; Emergency Planning, Protecting Employees, and Continued Operation of Businesses. 

3.  The British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) has also compiled a comprehensive resource for small business called #COVID19 Resources for BC Businesses

 

March 19, 2020

RDFFG Information Bulletin – March 19, 2020

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George has released information regarding their facilities and services in light of COVID-19. Impacts in McBride include:

1.       Closure of the Robson Valley Recreation Centre and Robson Valley Community Centre to the public effective Friday, March 20, 2020.

2.       Immediate closure of the SWAP Shed at the McBride Transfer Station and in Dunster.

3.       Volunteer Fire Department Halls are closed for public gatherings. Fire Departments are still responding to emergency calls.

4.       Please call 250-569-4211 to book appointments for Building Permits and Inspections.

 

March 18, 2020

On Tuesday, B.C.'s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, declared a public health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Province issued Orders banning gatherings of more than 50 people and mandating self-isolation for those who have travelled internationally. 

View these orders at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics

Dr. Henry ordered businesses with primary liquor licences, such as bars, pubs and nightclubs, to shut down as they are unable to meet the province's requirements of social distancing — keeping customers at least one to two metres away from one another.

Henry also said restaurants and cafes that cannot maintain social distancing will need to move to take-out and delivery only.

Prime Minister Trudeau has today announced aid for families and businesses: https://globalnews.ca/news/6694574/coronavirus-trudeau-economic-measures/. More information on this support will be forthcoming.

COVID-19 Resources for residents: 

Northern Health INFO LINE:

COVID-19 Online Clinic and Information Line for Northern BC residents:

Phone: 1-844-645-7811

Website: https://stories.northernhealth.ca/stories/covid-19-online-clinic-and-information-line

HEALTHLINK BC COVID-19 NON-CLINICAL INFORMATION:

Phone: 811

Website: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

PROVINCE OF BC COVID-19 ONLINE ASSESSMENT TOOL: https://covid19.thrive.health/

BC CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL: http://covid-19.bccdc.ca/

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses:

An excellent resource for business is the PRINCE GEORGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE which has compiled a comprehensive list of links for information regarding COVID-19 and resources for small businesses that you might find helpful: http://www.pgchamber.bc.ca/news-updates/

Contact the Village if you require additional information 250-569-2229.

 

March 17, 2020

Bulletins from Northern Health

Northern Health has issued the following three information bulletins recently regarding COVID-19:

Non-urgent scheduled surgeries postponed (March 17, 2020)

Visitor restrictions in place at Northern Health facilities/outpatient clinics (March 17, 2020)

COVID-19 Online Clinic & Information Line (March 15, 2020)

 

March 16, 2020

 March 12, 2020

The Village of McBride wants to ensure residents are receiving reliable information on novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Health officials have indicated that the spread of various illnesses – ranging from colds and flu to COVID-19 – can be prevented if people stay home when sick, properly wash their hands, and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched (such as door knobs, phones, keyboards, and hand-rails).

The necessary measures that residents and visitors can take to prevent the spread of this virus and stay healthy can be found:

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

Northern Health Authority: https://www.northernhealth.ca/

HealthLinkBC: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Handwashing: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/tv7076spec

The Village will be working with and deferring to Local Health Authorities’ recommendations regarding the COVID-19 situation in BC.

If you would like additional information please call 811

For clinical information regarding COVID-19 call:

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