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COVID 19 Resource and Information Page

 

MAYOR DUGAS ADDRESS APRIL 1, 2020

Provincial Health Officer Orders and Notices

Social Distancing 

Social distancing is a way that we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact with others. Even though we are not sick, we should still keep about two meters (six feet) or the length of a queen-sized bed from one another when we can when outside our homes.

News Releases From the District of Port Hardy

 

The Skate Park and all Playgrounds will be closed to the public. All users of Parks and Trails are required to keep their Social Distance (minimum 2 metres) while using to ensure the spread of COVID -19 is reduced. NO Gatherings of any size.

 

Until further notice, the Municipal Hall and the Public Works yard will be closed to the public. Council and Committee meetings are still being scheduled; however, attendance at those meetings will be limited to Council and Staff. If you wish to view a committee meeting or listen via phone, please contact the office at 250-949-6665 to arrange. Regular Council meetings are already streamed online.

 

Contractors needing to access to staff at the Municipal Hall or Public Works are required to do so by phone.  If you need to pay a bill or drop off/pick up an application please call to make alternative arrangements.

 

250-949-6665 or reception@porthardy.ca

 

How is coronavirus transmitted?

Coronavirus is spread from an infected person through

  • Respiratory droplets spread when a person coughs or sneezes
  • Close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands

It is important to keep about a 2-metre distance away from a person who is sick, to reduce breathing in droplets when they cough or sneeze.

What are the symptoms?

Common symptoms for COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing

The incubation period is the time from when a person is first exposed until symptoms appear. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known infectious period for this disease.

If you are unsure about your symptoms or have questions or concerns, contact HealthLinkBC (8-1-1) at any time.

If you do need to see a health care provider, call them ahead of time so they can arrange for you to be assessed safely. Wear a mask to protect others.

When seeing a health care provider, please tell them

  • Your symptoms
  • Where you have been travelling or living
  • If you had direct contact with animals (for example, if you visited a live animal market)
  • If you had close contact with a sick person, especially if they had a fever, cough or difficulty breathing

 

Resources

 

How can I prevent getting infected?

The most important thing you can do to prevent infection is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth. You can also practice respiratory etiquette and social distancing.

To help reduce your risk of infection

  • 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
  • Follow good respiratory etiquette by covering 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.
  • Avoid crowded public spaces and places. Examples include mass gatherings, such as concerts and sporting events. Examples do not include hospitals (for healthcare workers) and schools
  • Maintain social distancing by keeping at least a 2-metre distance between yourself and others
  • Avoid shaking hands

For more information on proper hand washing see:

  • Call your health care professional or contact HealthLinkBC (8-1-1)
  • Describe your symptoms and travel history. They will provide advice on what you should do

Self-Isolation

Self-isolation means staying home and limiting your contact with others for 14 days. This helps to lower the chance of spreading the disease because symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. During this 14 day incubation period, there is a small chance you can spread germs even though you don’t feel sick. This is why it is important for people at risk of having been exposed to the illness are asked to self-isolate.

To limit contact with others, you should

  • Stay home
  • Avoid those who have chronic conditions, compromised immune systems and older adults
  • Avoid having visitors to your home
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing