For current Evacuation Alerts & Orders, click here. Every resident and property owner in the East Kootenay is encouraged to sign up for the Evacuation Notification System. To sign up for the Evacuation Notification System, click here.
The Provincial State of Emergency remains in effect and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is being led by the Province. The BC Centre for Disease Control has recently updated its weekly numbers for the past 7 days. The more detailed cases by local health area are published monthly (usually mid-month the following month).
Regional COVID-19 Update as of 4pm Thursday January 14, 2021:
- 536 new cases of COVID-19 in BC (115 in Interior Health, this is the highest number since the pandemic began, and Interior Health is showing the highest growth of active cases in the province).
- Dr. Henry addresses the growth in cases in Interior Health at 34:42 minutes into the daily update video. View that video here.
- As of this time, the 'Cases by local Health Are Map' has not been updated for the past week as they are waiting on some incomplete data, check here for updates.
- 7 new COVID-19 deaths in the province with a total of 1,038 COVID-19 deaths in the province since the beginning of the pandemic.
- A total of 59,608 cases since January.
- 4,624 active cases of COVID-19 in BC.
- 362 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19 (74 in intensive care).
- 52,605 people who tested positive have recovered.
- 69,746 have been vaccinated in BC, this is spread across all health areas.
- Current Provincial Health Officer Orders regarding social gatherings are in place through Feb 5, 2021 at Midnight. Learn more about these orders here.
- Link to Joint Statement.
- Link to live update (video starts at 3:40 minutes in)
The BCCDC has a dedicated web page that is being updated regularly with information about the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in our province, it can be viewed here.
BC COVID-19 Support App
If you haven't already checked out the BC COVID-19 Support App (available for iOS and Android phones), it really is worth a look. It has all of the provincial COVID-19 info in one spot, including the daily updates, vaccination info, self-assessment tool, business and community resources and so much more.
Long-Term Care, Assisted Living & Independent Living Outbreaks updates
The BCCDC is posting weekly reports on outbreak and case information in Long-Term Care, Assisted Living & Independent Living Facilities. These can be viewed here.
Healing in Pandemic Times Video
Indigenous Health, Northern Health, in collaboration with the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health, have released a short animated video addressing the ongoing issue of stigmatization experienced by Indigenous Peoples in the health care system. The animated video reviews key terms like stigmatization, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination in an easily understandable way. View the video here.
Testing: 4 Symptoms To Watch For / Get Tested
In BC, the majority of new cases continue to be directly connected to known, confirmed cases of COVID-19. As a result, if you are a close contact of someone with the virus or of someone who is part of a cluster or outbreak and you develop any symptoms, you should arrange to get tested immediately.
If you have not been around anyone that has COVID-19 that you are aware of, the guidance for when to get a test has been updated to make it clearer for everyone.
There are four symptoms that are highly predictive of the virus: fever or chills, cough, loss of sense of smell or taste, and difficulty breathing. If you have any of these symptoms, you should arrange to get tested right away. If you have one or two of any of the other symptoms, you can wait 24 hours. These symptoms include sore throat, loss of appetite, extreme fatigue, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. If you feel the same or worse after 24 hours, then you should also get tested. As always, if you are uncertain, contact your health provider or call 811.
Highlights of Orders & Restrictions:
- The orders for all of BC will remain in effect until February 5th at midnight. The orders are focused very directly on reducing social gatherings, high-risk transmission activities and functions. These orders - and the response to COVID-19 - are being directed by the Province and any questions you have about the rules, status of COVID, etc. should be directed to the Province at 1-888-COVID19.
- There are to be no social gatherings anywhere in BC. You can only socialize with your immediate household. Immediate household can include your roommates and if you live on your own, it can include 1 or 2 people you regularly spend time with.
- Exception for Drive-Through and Drive-In events. This includes drive through; drive in to drop off and leave events (such as toy drive); and drive in to stay events, provided there are a maximum of 50 cars and people attending in your car include only your household. Sites must have a defined entrance and exit, and all people must stay in cars. Organizers must obey strict physical distancing.
- Delay inviting friends and family over.
- Reduce all social interactions outside of our homes.
- NO social gatherings of any size - in our homes or larger venues. If we have people who are doing renovation work in our house, grandparents coming over to pick up children, etc. those are not social gatherings and are not affected by this order.
- The mandatory wearing of masks in all indoor and public retail spaces will continue. This does not apply to anyone unable to put on or remove mask on their own, or to children under the age of 12. Masks can be taken off at a restaurant table to eat, but must remain on going to and from your table, and at anytime you are away from the table.
- All indoor and outdoor events as defined in the indoor and outdoor mass gathering order are immediately suspended across the Province. There can be no in-person services in places of worship. Weddings, funerals, baptisms are permitted (at this time) with a maximum of 10 people including officiant. No receptions.
- Group Activity impacts - Group training/fitness/dance/yoga classes remain suspended until further notice. Some other indoor activities are still permitted; however, facilities must adhere to the updated guidance.
- Sports - All adult team sports have been suspended; however, child and youth sport can continue with limited activities and specific restrictions. No spectators are permitted at indoor and outdoor sports and there is to be no sport-related travel outside your local community.
- Office space impacts - Office space employers are being urged to support working at home wherever feasible. Employees are asked to minimize all social interactions with colleagues. Businesses and offices are urged to review WorkSafeBC guidelines, review and update all their safety plans, and complete daily health checks.
- Travel - Everyone in BC is being asked to limit travel as much as possible unless it is essential. All recreational and social travel should be limited - including travel within Province and other parts of Canada. Everyone is being asked to stay local and stay within your community as much as possible (this does not apply to people needing to travel for work, medical reasons, etc). Anyone from outside BC is being asked to postpone their travel to BC. This includes holiday related travel through January 8.
- Link to page with full details of Order and restrictions: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions
To view more COVID-19 resources, links and former editions of the snapshot, CLICK HERE.
To view more specific information and resources, click on the linked pages:
To Report Emergencies: