Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Media Release - COVID-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 12, 2020 19:30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Release

COVID-19 Update

 

FORT NELSON – As of March 12, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has confirmed 53 cases of novel coronavirus in BC. BC Health officials are continuing to focus their efforts on containing the spread of the virus in BC. Currently, the risk to British Columbians continues to be assessed as low.

 

Regional Council wants to assure all Northern Rockies residents and visitors that this issue is being taken seriously and the NRRM is monitoring the situation daily and is in direct communication with provincial health authorities regarding standards and protocols to ensure that we have the latest information available. The NRRM is working to understand and take precautions on how to protect the community as we understand the concerns many people are feeling. With that said, we are making adjustments to our work and operations and will continue to monitor the situation. Some of the immediate adjustments that have been made include:

  • Development of a Northern Rockies Regional Municipality Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response Plan
  • Focused cleaning and sanitizing of Municipal facilities including public areas
  • Educating staff on symptoms of COVID-19

All municipal facilities are open as usual but the public health direction continues to be assessed as new information becomes available. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has indicated a need for people to take care if they have cough, fever or other respiratory symptoms, as well as to avoid social gatherings. Residents are encouraged to follow the same procedures as what is recommended during cold and flu season. This includes washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; avoiding others who are unwell; and staying home when you are sick.

 

The most up-to-date information about novel coronavirus can be found through informed, evidence-based sources. The Public Health Agency of Canada has created a toll-free phone number (1-833-784-4397) to answer questions about novel coronavirus as well.

 

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Questions about your health? Where can I get more information?

Please refer to official sources regarding the coronavirus, as misinformation has been circulating on social media:

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.

Public Health Agency of Canada has set up a novel coronavirus telephone information line at: 1-833-784-4397.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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