COVID-19

The monitoring of, and response to, COVID-19 is being led by Local, Provincial and Federal Health Authorities (not local government).  It is important to make sure we rely on facts and have strong sources of information in our arsenal.

COVID-19 Info

  • Public Health Emergency declared, effective March 18, 2020.

The Provincial State of Emergency remains in effect and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is being led by the Province.

Provincial Stats (as of 4pm, June 10, 2021)

Regional & Provincial Stats (as of 4pm, June 24, 2021)

  • 75 new cases of COVID-19 in BC (12 in Interior Health) in the past 24 hours.
  • Cases by Local Health Area. COVID-19 cases for the most recent 7-day period (June 13-19). The map is updated weekly, on Wednesdays. Fernie Health Delivery Area = 19, Cranbrook Health Delivery Area = 10, Kimberley Health Delivery Area = 2 and Windermere (Columbia Valley) Health Delivery Area = 21.
  • There have been 3 new COVID-19 deaths in the province with a total of 1,747 COVID-19 deaths in the province since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • A total of 147,346 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • 1,111 active cases of COVID-19 in BC.
  • 113 individuals currently hospitalized in BC with COVID-19 with 34 of those in intensive care. For Health Authority specific stats visit the BCCDC COVID dashboard.
  • 4,652,087 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in BC. 1,122,024 of these are second doses.
  • More than 76% of eligible British Columbians (12 years old and over) have received at least one dose. 24.2% of British Columbians (12 years old and over) have received both doses.
  • Reported by Interior Health: COVID-19 rates throughout the Interior are steadily declining. The cases last week in the East Kootenay region were expected; they were known close contacts of confirmed COVID cases. They were already in self-isolation with support from public health. The BCCDC report on Wednesday June 23 does not signify increasing trends for the East Kootenay at this time.
  • The Province has released a careful, four-step Restart Plan focused on protecting people and safely getting life back to normal. Learn all about it here.
  • Read the provincial update here.

Vaccine Registration Open to anyone 12 years of age and over. Vaccine registration is now open to anyone 12 years old and up (full news release here). If you haven't registered yet, now is the time to do it. You can register yourself or someone else, like a parent or grandparent.

Register by Phone: 1-833-838-2323 or Register Online Here
For the most up-to-date information on the Vaccine roll-out please regularly visit the Province's COVID-19 Vaccination and Immunization page as the information is constantly evolving.

COVID-19 vaccine clinics drop-In times in our region. Interior Health immunization clinics across the region (Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley and Sparwood) are adding and extending hours for drop-in vaccinations. Drop-in access is for people who are 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) who have not received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. People can arrive, register on the spot, and receive their vaccine. No advance appointments are needed. Please note: drop-in clinics are for first dose only; second dose notifications are sent by email, phone, or text when it is time to book an appointment.
For dates, locations and times for drop-in clinics:
Cranbrook Click Here
Elkford Click Here
Fernie Click Here
Invermere Click Here
Kimberley Click Here
Sparwood Click Here

Interior Health’s mobile immunization clinics will be making stops throughout the region for anyone who has not yet received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. No advance appointments are necessary for these clinics. People who live or work in the areas will be able to walk-up, register and receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Interior Health’s mobile immunization clinics are a partnership with the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA).

  • Moyie and Yahk mobile immunization clinic: Moyie Community Hall, 9322 Tavistock Street Sunday June 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. People in the Moyie and Yahk area who are born in 2009 or earlier, and who have not yet received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Sparwood and Elkford mobile immunization clinic: Sparwood Curling Rink, 367 Pine Avenue Tuesday June 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. People in the Sparwood and Elkford area who are born in 2009 or earlier, and who have not yet received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Canal Flats mobile immunization clinic: Canal Flats Community Hall/Pavilion, 8909 Dunn Street Wednesday June 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. People in the Canal Flats area who are born in 2009 or earlier, and who have not yet received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Jaffray and Grasmere Area mobile immunization clinic: Jaffray Community Hall, 7375 Jaffray Village Loop Road Monday June 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. People in the Jaffray and Grasmere area who are born in 2009 or earlier, and who have not yet received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

BC's Restart Plan: BC's Restart is a careful, four-step plan to bring B.C. back together. Starting May 25, we can gradually begin to restart our important social connections, businesses and activities. Getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart. Everything you need to know about the next steps and details of the plan can be found here.

General Information

Mental Health Supports

  • Mental-health supports for everyone:
  • Mental-health supports for youth, young adults and families:
    • Foundry Virtual – provincewide virtual services with counselling, peer support, family support, groups and workshops via chat, voice or video calls for young people aged 12-24 and their caregivers. All services are free and confidential. Call 1 833 FOUNDRY (308-6379) or visit: https://foundrybc.ca/get-support/virtual/
    • Here2Talk – confidential, free counselling and referral services by app, phone or online chat for all registered post-secondary students, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1 877 857-3397, or 1 604 642-5212 if you are a student calling from outside of Canada (international calling charges may apply).
    • Ministry of Children and Family Development – the Ministry of Children and Family Development supports all children, youth and families in British Columbia to live safe and healthy lives and is responsible for providing programs and services to support child and youth mental health. A list of supports can be found at: https://news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/child-and-youth-mental-health-supports
    • Kids Help Phone – 24-7, immediate counselling, support, information and referrals. Youth can call 1 800 668-6868 or text TALK to 686868. Texting support for adults is available by texting TALK to 741741. Or visit: http://org.kidshelpphone.ca/
    • Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre – free mental-health and substance use information, resources and peer support for B.C. parents, caregivers and families of children and youth. Call 1 800 665-1822 or visit: https://keltymentalhealth.ca/
  • Supports for seniors:
    • BC211 – this service will take calls from seniors looking for help and those who would like to volunteer to help seniors in their community, including virtual or telephone visits: http://www.bc211.ca/
  • Support for front-line health-care workers:
    • Virtual peer support service and online resource hub – phone and text-based peer-support service: www.cmha.bc.ca/covid-19 
  • Here are four other ways to support your mental health over the next several weeks:
    • Reach out. Though meeting in large groups will not be in the holiday cards this year, connecting with others safely is vital to your mental wellness. Consider making the holidays special by reaching out to someone who is isolated and alone – you may be surprised at how much joy it brings to both of you.
    • Talk about it. You are not alone. This year has been hard on so many people. But talking about it really does help. And sharing how you are feeling not only benefits you, but it often encourages others to do the same and creates a sense of community. What better gift is there than that?
    • Keep up with routines. Try to maintain habits that support your positive well-being during the holidays. Eat well when you can, commit to regular physical activity and get plenty of sleep when possible.
    • Try to take a moment for yourself. Prioritize yourself during the holidays by doing things you love and that make you feel calm and connected to what matters to you. These are busy, stressful times, but just 15 minutes of downtime a day will go a long way toward ensuring the holidays really are peaceful and calm.

Health Care

  • COVID-19 testing criteria changes regularly. Take the online self-assessment tool or call 8-1-1 if you have symptoms to check whether you should be tested.
  • Choose virtual health care services whenever available.
  • Physician notes are NOT required for prescription refills by pharmacists.
  • Workers and volunteers in long-term care may no longer work at multiple facilities.
  • Elective surgeries and procedures have restarted with new surgical renewal plan in place.

Government Services

  • BC Service Centres will stay open, but the first hour of service is dedicated to seniors and other vulnerable people. You can also call for service: 1-800-663-7867.
  • In-Person Canada Service Centres are now closed. Apply for benefits online.
  • BC211 is available to match volunteers with seniors in need of help with groceries, etc. Call 2-1-1 or visit online.

Recreation & Outdoors

  • Most municipal parks and playgrounds are open.
  • BC Parks have re-opened for day-use and camping. Check online for the current status of your park before you go.
  • National parks, historic sites, and campsites are re-opening. Check online before you go.
  • Beginning June 22, 2020, Parks Canada will open some front country campgrounds in a limited capacity and additional visitor information services in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks. Backcountry campgrounds will also begin to open as conditions in the backcountry allow.

Labour & Businesses

  • All employers must have a Workplace COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Employers cannot require a doctor's note or testing for people to stay home from work.
  • Commercial landlords who are eligible for the CECRA are restricted from evicting their eligible commercial tenants.
  • Workers may take unpaid, job-protected leave if they are unable to work for reasons relating to COVID-19, retroactive to Jan 27, 2020.

Travel & Borders

  • All Canadian borders are closed to non-essential travellers. Travellers must not show any signs of illness and are required to carry out a mandatory 14-day Quarantine.
  • Travellers entering the country must self-isolate for fourteen days.
  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms will be actively refused boarding onto all aircraft and trains, including for travel within Canada.
  • Temperature screening is now required at all airports as well as at points of departure for those travelling inbound into Canada.
  • Canadians currently abroad are strongly advised to return to Canada. Call 1-613-996-8885 or email sos@international.gc.ca for assistance.
  • Reduction in service at Canadian land border crossings in effect.
  • All international flights (including from the USA) entering British Columbia will be restricted to YVR only.
Regional Snapshots

The snapshots provide a summary of the day's updates and announcements by the Provincial and Federal Governments, along with other regional information.

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

COVID-19 Phone Numbers

There are a number of information lines set up to assist people with COVID-19 Inquiries, including:

  • COVID-19 Information Line **FOR NON HEALTH INFORMATION** - 1-888-268-4319. Open seven days a week, from 7:30 am to 8 pm PST
  • 811 - dial 811 for COVID-19 and non-COVID health related information
  • 211 - seniors looking for support with groceries, medication pick up, other supplies (or volunteers willing to help seniors) can dial 211 or visit www.bc211.ca
COVID-19 Online Links

Last edited: Thu, June 24, 2021 - 4:27:29