Selfadvocatenet.com coverage of the Corona Virus Pandemic

Attention Self Advocates

The selfadvocatenet.com coverage of the Corona Virus pandemic also called COVID 19  is intended to inform Self Advocates  by bringing you daily updates and information regarding this life threatening situation so you stay healthy and safe.  

We encourage all Self Advocates to follow the Ministry of Health guidelines so we can stop the spread of this virus quickly. We each must do our part to protect ourselves and our communities.   If you have an issue let us know we are here to support one another.

Message that selfadvocatenet.com is wanting to let you know:  If you are out touching public surfaces, debit card machines, door handles at the grocery store DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE until you can wash your hands.  Wash your hands WELL, scrub for at least 20 seconds and don’t touch your face .  

Stay home if you are sick.  If you are sneezing cover your mouth with your arm.  Practice social isolation by staying 2 meters or at least 2 arm lengths away from everyone.  If you take the bus sit a few seats away from the next person.

By practicing these guidelines we will be doing our part as citizens to keep everyone safe.  When you are at home make sure your surroundings are cleaned regularly.  Frequently wipe down things you touch a lot like door handles, light switches, telephones, countertops , bathrooms etc.   

Make sure you reach out to service providers, family and friends if you are uncertain.  Only go out if it is necessary like going shopping or to the drug store. 

 All the best from the Sans Team.

 

World Health Organization has now called it Pandemic Officially 

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.
  • 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.
  • Handwashing poster

Will wearing a mask protect me? 

Masks should be used by sick people to prevent transmission to other people. A mask will help keep a person’s droplets in.
It may be less effective to wear a mask in the community when a person is not sick themselves. Masks may give a person a false sense of security and are likely to increase the number of times a person will touch their own face (e.g., to adjust the mask).

Health-care workers will wear surgical masks, eye protection and gowns in order to protect themselves and other patients. During health-care procedures in which aerosol sprays may be generated (for example, when giving certain inhaled medications), health-care workers should wear specialized masks.

Protecting loved ones

Follow the same advice that public health officials recommend for the cold and flu season: wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoid others who are unwell, and stay home when you are sick.
The most important thing you can do to prevent coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
Cover your mouth when you cough so you’re not exposing other people. If you are sick yourself, stay away from others. Contact your health-care provider ahead of time so you can be safely assessed.

What if I have a chronic condition?

Current information suggests that older people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease are at higher risk of developing more severe illness or complications from COVID-19. If you are at higher risk for COVID-19 complications, follow general preventative strategies against infection, and should you become ill, seek medical help early.
This Information on website called BC Centre for Disease Control go to their website click Here

 

People with disabilities are here to share their message during the Coronavirus pandemic.

During this time let’s remember, please… Stay Home.

Krista Milne Self-Advocate Speaking in Video Voice important message to Self Advocates.

 

ALEX MAGNUESSEN SELF ADVOCATE

MANJEET GHANGASS

COVID-19 Information done by and For People with Disabilities.

Our friends at People First of Canada have developed a plain language information sheet for

self-advocates, based on Public Health Canada’s recommendations.

 

Also Some Grocery Stores will allow  Seniors and People with Disabilities to shop in stores in Mornings

between 6am to 9pm  the list is:

save on foods

superstore 

no frills

shoppers drug mart

IGA

Walmart Canada

London Drugs

Freshco

 

 

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CACL coverage of the covid 19 check it out here

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Counseling  places that can call if need talk to someone self advocates affected by Covid 19

Dorothy Hyslop (Counsellor that was at Leadership Retreat) is willing to provide free counselling  to Self Advocates affected by COVID-19.  please contact Dorothy Hyslop at 604-765-1039 and leave a message or

Email her at dorothyhyslop1associates@gmail.com

 Illuminating Counselling Services

Practicing social distancing does not mean counselling services are not available. We have the means to assist you via telephonic means or web applications. I am aware that this pandemic has increased anxiety and depression for many. Please know that I am available for you.

Illuminating Counselling Services at  www.advicecounselling.com.

Rosemary Fromson, RPC, MPCC-S

Email her at  rjfroms@telus.net; Phone: 604-302-9648

 

COVID-19 Special Resources

Updated Friday, March 20 at 3:30pm PST

Some people may be struggling as a result of COVID-19 pandemic procedures. We have compiled some resources that may be helpful to you during this time.

This list is not exhaustive. Please contact the resource provider directly if you have questions.

  • BC Government

    • People can call 1-888-COVID-19 or text 604-630-0300 for details, advice, and further information on the virus.

  • Crisis Line Association of BC

    • toll-free provincial access to emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health, available 24/7/365

    • Phone: 310-6789

  • Domestic Violence

    • Create a safety plan and self-care plan while staying safe

    • If you are in immediate DANGER or fear for your safety, please CALL 911. If you are not in immediate danger, call VictimLink BC at 1-800-563-0808 for information about all services that are available throughout BC.

    • Helpline for Children: 310-1234 any time of the day or night to speak to a social worker, no area code is needed. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call 1-866-660-0505 for TTY services.

    • Kids Help Phone: Children and teens can call to speak to a counsellor day or night at 1-800-668-6868.

Employment

  • Employment Insurance (EI) COVID-19 Special Claims

    • Review process here

    • EI COVID-19 Hotline for questions and to waive one week waiting period: 1-833-381-2725

  • Together Against Poverty Society: Information for Workers related to COVID-19 here

Utilities

  • BC Transit in Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo

    • No fare required for the next month (starting March 19)

    • Entry now from the back of the bus, unless requiring accessible boarding

  • BC Hydro COVID 19 Customer Assistance Program

    • Provides customers the option to defer bill payments or arrange for flexible payment plans with no penalty. Customers are encouraged to call BC Hydro’s customer team at 1 800 BCHYDRO (1 800 224 9376) to discuss bill payment options.

    • Customers facing temporary financial hardship and possible disconnection of their service due to job loss, illness, or loss of a family member may also be eligible for BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund, which provides access to grants of up to $600 to pay their bills.

  • Bell Canada

    • Waive home internet overage fees

    • These changes have been automatically applied and customers are not required to take any action.

  • FortisBC

    • flexible payment options

      • Call 1-866-436-7847 for electricity and 1-888-224-2710 for natural gas to discuss payment options

  • Rogers

    • Waiving long distance fees and roaming fees until April 30th. These changes have been automatically applied and customers are not required to take any action.

    • Ensuring that services will not be suspended or disconnected for any customers experiencing financial difficulties over the next 90 days. In addition, Rogers will support customers facing financial uncertainty because of COVID-19 with more flexible payment options. Contact them to discuss your needs here.

  • Shaw

    • has opened more than 100,000 wi-fi hotspots across Canada to the public

  • TELUS

    • Until the end of April the following changes will apply:

      • Waiving home internet overage charges for customers who are not on unlimited data plans

      • Waiving all Easy Roam®, Travel Passes and pay-per-use roaming charges for postpaid TELUS and Koodo Mobility customers that are currently outside North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

    • providing customers with flexible payment options, contact them to discuss your needs here.

Health

Housing

  • BC Housing

    • temporary moratorium on evictions of tenants for non-payment of rent in subsidized and affordable housing during the COVID-19 outbreak

  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

    • Tools and tips for dealing with mortgage difficulties can be found here

Financial

  • Canada Revenue Agency

    • Canadians will have one extra month to file their personal taxes to the Canada Revenue Agency, with the deadline now being June 1st

  • Government of Canada | New actions in COVID Response

    • In situations where Canadians abroad are in need of immediate financial assistance as a result of COVID-19, the new COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad will provide repayable loans ($5000 max) to facilitate their return to Canada or help ensure that their basic essential needs are met while they work on their return to Canada.

      • This loan program will help Canadians who are in quarantine or receiving treatment for COVID-19 in a foreign country cope with challenges related to cultural and language barriers, access to medication, feelings of isolation, as well as post-dischargelogistics, and return travel to Canada.

  • Vancity Credit Union

    • waiving INTERAC e-Transfer® and ATM fees in B.C. until April 30 to encourage remote banking

    • 6-month loan and mortgage deferral (each case assessed individually, so get in touch with your branch)

    • Providing emergency working capital

    • Buying back foreign currency at the rate it was sold, for customers impacted by travel disruption to ensure they do not suffer financial loss

This on website called Povnet go to the link here

 

 

 

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Total recovered Around the world as of April 2nd,2020 is

210,730

people successfully recovered from Corona Virus as of now

 

 Total recovered in Canada as of April 2nd,2020 is

1,906

people successfully recovered from Corona Virus as of now

 

Total recovered from British Columbia Canada April 2nd,2020 is

606

people successfully recovered from Corona Virus as of now

 

 

Info Bulletin CLBC  for Services Providers update March 30th,2020 go to this link click here 

March 30, 2020

Note: Please share this important information with
all staff in your organization.

Dear CLBC Service Providers,

Given the importance of physical distancing, there has been much work in the sector to identify and use virtual methods for staying connecting, including platforms like Zoom and FaceTime. And along with that, questions have been raised about how to do this while also complying with privacy needs. The Minister of Citizen Services has issued an order now enabling broader use of these technologies. You can find that announcement here. This supports CLBC staff and service providers to use video conferencing services during the COVID-19 emergency.

However, CLBC service providers must be mindful about how these platforms collect people’s information and take precautions to protect personal information. Please be advised that video conferencing services such as Zoom, FaceTime and non-government Skype all collect information about the users of their services. In addition, all aspects of the video and conversation are accessible to the provider of the service, its partners and potentially the host of the call and may be used for marketing, research or any other purpose at the discretion of the provider of the service. This includes your IP address, email, network provider, location as well as any aspect of the call.

These video calling platforms can be used to support individuals who are self-isolating during this time as long as there is mindfulness about protecting people’s privacy and personal information.  Agencies can use Zoom, Skype and FaceTime to connect with individuals as long as the following conditions are met:

  • There is agreement that both the provider and the individual would like to connect using video calling. If the individual does not want to connect this way, the service provider must try other options such as a phone call, texting or email.
  • There is no discussion about people’s identifying information while video calling (e.g. SIN, birth date, first and last name used together – use of first name alone is fine). If you need to discuss identifying information, please use a phone call.
  • There should never be any recordings of video calls with individuals and / or their families.

CLBC’s Quality Assurance Office is responsible for overseeing adherence to privacy legislation. If providers have questions about protecting people’s privacy using Skype, Zoom or FaceTime, please email PrivacyOfficerCLBC@gov.bc.ca.

Some agencies and individuals may not have used these video calling services before. These links below provide simple step-by-step instructions for downloading and using these platforms:

 

 

 

CLBC update March 31st,2020 can click here or go to this info below

March 31, 2020

Dear BC Self Advocacy Community and Supporters –

Right now, finding answers to your questions and getting up-to-date information is very important. Community Living BC wants to help you do that more easily. We have created the CLBC COVID-19 Weekly Update, a quick and easy way to stay in touch with new developments, connection points and online resources.

Throughout the current COVID-19 crisis, you will be able find new information posted once or twice each week at this webpage.

Each edition will share updates in three key areas:

  • CLBC and government updates – Sharing links to recent updates and information from Community Living BC and the Government of British Columbia.
  • Staying connected and supported – Sharing knowledge, connection points and on-line resources for people and families, and highlighting community partners and resources that are doing a great job of keeping people connected and informed.
  • Stories of hope and encouragement – Sharing clever strategies, heartfelt examples and humorous moments that can help uplift our spirits during difficult times.

The first edition of the Update is now published here. It includes information about the recent teleconference for individuals and families (including the audio recording), a COVID-19 self assessment app, the Family Support Institute, Self Advocate Net, managing anxiety, cheering on health workers and more.

We will be sharing an update on the CLBC Facebook page whenever a new edition is published.

If you have a specific question, send an email to CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca and we will try to address it in an upcoming edition.

As a reminder, you can also find a webpage with information for individuals and families about COVID-19 here.

Thank you for all you are doing to help support each other during this time, and we hope you will find this Update a helpful source of information.

Invitation to the April 2 teleconference update on COVID-19  – Published March 31

CLBC and Government Updates


Teleconference shares information with individuals and families

On Thursday, March 26, CLBC CEO Ross Chilton joined Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, David Galbraith, Deputy Minister, and Dr. Danièle Behn Smith, Deputy Provincial Health Officer, on a public teleconference call to provide an update for individuals and families on services and supports during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Over 600 individuals and families from across B.C. called in to listen, and many submitted questions via email before the call.

Click here to find a plain language summary of the call, with questions and answers that were discussed. CLBC is working to provide answers to some of the questions that weren’t addressed due to time and will share information as soon as it is available.

Another teleconference is planned for this week, and we will share information about the date, time and how to as soon as possible.

 

 

Here to Community Living BC  information on corona virus

Information about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Check this page regularly. CLBC will post updates as needed.

A new virus called Coronavirus or COVID-19 is causing an outbreak of illness around the world and in British Columbia. For now the number of confirmed cases in B.C. are limited. Experts say the risk of catching the disease is low. However, this may change and for that reason we have created a page to help answer questions from those receiving CLBC funded services.
How do I find out about coronavirus or COVID-19?

It is important to get the facts. You can find out about coronavirus or COVID-19, the current level of risk, and how to protect yourself and your family from the BC Centre for Disease Control website here.  You can also find information and short videos on symptoms, how to protect yourself and other topics at the Vancouver Coastal Health website here.
What should I do to protect myself?

Health experts are asking us to focus on prevention:

  1. Stay home and away from others if you or your family are sick.
  2. Wash your hands often.
  3. Avoid touching your face.
  4. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve and dispose of tissues properly.
  5. Avoid usual greetings such as handshakes, hugs and kisses.

 

What if I have a chronic health condition?

Some individuals that CLBC serves also have other medical or health conditions. The Office of the Provincial Health Officer has provided tips for taking extra precautions here. If this information is hard to understand, please ask a friend or support worker to review it with you.
What do I do if I think I have the coronavirus or COVID-19 disease?

At this time there are only a limited number of confirmed cases in B.C. If you have flu like symptoms such as fever, coughing and difficulty breathing, please stay home and away from others. If you wish to visit your primary care provider’s office, a walk-in clinic or public health unit, please call them before your visit so they can prepare for your arrival.

You can call 811 at anytime to speak with a registered nurse. (People who are deaf and hearing impaired, call: 711)

 

What is CLBC doing to ensure people who receive support are protected?

It is a top priority for CLBC, service providers and support workers to protect the health of those we serve.

On Friday, March 6, CLBC sent a message to all service providers asking them to follow directions from the BC Centre for Disease Control website about preventing transmission at home and at the work place.  We are asking service providers to ensure offices, group homes, home sharing placements and community inclusion programs post this information.

Most agencies have plans for different kinds of emergencies that outline how to keep people safe. CLBC will work with individual agencies as well as service provider groups like the BC CEO Network, The Federation of BC Social Services and Provincial Association of Residential and Community Agencies to support their members to respond to any new issues that arise.
Who do I contact with questions?

If you have questions about the virus and how to protect yourself, please check the web site of the BC Centre for Disease Control or HealthLink BC.

If you have question related to your support services, please contact your agency.

You can also contact CLBC at CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca.

 

 

COVID-19 update: DABC offering remote services during office closure

March 31st, 2020 by DABC

DABC’s direct services are now being offered remotely. Appointments can be booked by email or phone, but during this time email may be more efficient.

Thank you for your patience. Stay safe, everyone!

Program contact information:

Advocacy Access

If you require help accessing provincial disability benefits (PWD) or Canada Pension Plan-Disability Benefits (CPPD), please contact Advocacy Access:

– email advocacy@disabilityalliancebc.org, or
– call 604-872-1278 or 1-800-663-1278 (Toll-free).

Tax AID DABC

If you are a person with a disability who requires assistance filing your income taxes, please contact Tax AID DABC:

– email taxaid@disabilityalliancebc.org,
– call 236-477-1717 or 1-877-940-7797 (Toll-free), or
– book an appointment online here.

Access RDSP

If you require help accessing the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) or Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP):

– email rdsp@disabilityalliancebc.org
– call 604-872-1278 or 1-800-663-1278 (Toll-free), or
– visit https://www.rdsp.com/supports-and-services/

Disability Law Clinic

The Disability Law clinic can help British Columbians with disabilities with the following issues:

o Accommodations related to the COVID-19 virus and social distancing
o Accommodation in the workplace
o Access to transportation
o Access to education
o Housing
o Service animals

We can also provide advice to people having problems with their disability benefits.

To contact the Law Clinic:

– call 604-872-1278 or 1-800-663-1278 (Toll-free), or
– email lawclinic@disabilityalliancebc.org

This on Disability Alliance BC website can go to the link here

 

 

Message from Executive Director of Inclusion BC Karla Verschoor

The pandemic has been challenging for everyone, and it is presenting unique challenges for people with disabilities and their families.

I am hopeful we can work together to make things better.

There are still unanswered questions, but our leaders have stepped up on many fronts.

First of all, the very important role of the community living sector needed to be recognized and secured. We’d like to thank the BC government deeming our sector’s work as an “essential service”. This is just one of the important changes so far stemming from our advocacy and everyone’s collaborative work. Other important initiatives to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing are still being worked out and we will share details as they’re put in place. 

A huge thank you to our member organizations for their incredible work and their strong commitment to the people they support. It is my privilege to take this journey with you.

We asked CLBC to extend the flexibility of services to meet people’s needs in a safe and secure way. We recognize that these first steps may not be meeting everyone’s needs. We encourage you to reach out to our Advocacy Line if you need additional support.

In the coming weeks, we will continue working closely with CLBC and we also look forward to working with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Children and Family Development to provide those same types of flexible supports for students and families in the coming weeks.

Immediate financial relief is now needed for people and their families. Both the federal and provincial governments have promised that this is coming. Inclusion BC will keep pressing until there is clarity that people will get the financial support they need.

Most importantly, I want to say that I am inspired by the way people are stepping up to help each other. The natural supports provided by parents, siblings, friends, and neighbours. This is what is really making a difference for people.

Inclusion BC is here for you — as an advocate, ally and friend to ensure no one is left behind.

Stay well!

Karla Verschoor
Executive Director
Inclusion BC

 

Inclusion BC responds to Covid 19 Pandemic

COVID-19 response risks leaving people with disabilities, caregivers behind, warns Inclusion BC

March 19, 2020

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC, March 19, 2020 – As governments and communities struggle to respond to BC’s rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis, Inclusion BC warns of growing concerns that people with intellectual disabilities are being left behind, along with the families and community agencies who support them.

“It is fundamental to our Canadian values that we do not leave vulnerable people behind in a crisis,” said Inclusion BC, Executive Director, Karla Verschoor.

Inclusion BC is a federation of community agencies, families and individuals that works collaboratively with government and community partners to support the inclusion of children, youth, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

“We’re urging every government (provincial, federal, municipal and Indigenous) and community agency, every business and non-profit, and every community initiative to consider and accommodate the unique needs of people with intellectual disabilities and their families as we all work together to help Canadians through this crisis,” Verschoor said.

Inclusion BC is urging heightened awareness and consideration of the unique needs of this particularly vulnerable group in all emergency planning and responses. Targeted actions are also urgently needed to remove barriers and ensure safety.

“We’re hearing concerns about barriers that are preventing people with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers from being able to comply with public health advice to stay safe and healthy,” Verschoor noted

“Without forethought, planning and accommodations to ensure universal accessibility, people with intellectual disabilities already face barriers to accessing social programs like healthcare, income supports, and public education in their everyday lives,” Verschoor noted. These barriers are heightened in emergency situations.

“Growing strains on existing services, including school closures and staffing challenges, will present added risks for these vulnerable individuals and families, with potentially dire consequences if we don’t start planning and implementing contingency measures now to ensure that critical supports are in place and can be adapted to meet shifting and urgent needs.”

Proposed measures include:

  • Accessibility & Inclusion: Explicit consideration of the unique needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities in all COVID-19 planning and response, including communication barriers and accessibility of emergency measures intended to help all Canadians, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
    • BC’s Centre for Disease Control’s COVID19 resources should explicitly include people with intellectual disabilities in its list of vulnerable populations.
    • All COVID19 public health messaging should include plain-language versions.
    • Specialized BC Helpline with the expertise to answer questions and provide supports addressing the specific needs of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
  • Emergency supports to ensure security for individuals and extra support for family caregivers who have to step in to replace cancelled school and community programs
    • Use emergency federal funding to support family caregivers who need to fill in for cancelled school and community support programs or to comply with public health policies intended to minimize risks of infection and transmission.
    • Avoid any interruption to Persons With Disabilities (PWD) monthly payments. Sus-pend all administrative holds, e.g. due to paperwork errors or potential eligibility for federal EI or emergency benefit payments.
    • For families of school-age children and youth with extra support needs, additional supports are urgently needed for critical home and nursing care, medical supplies, mental health, trauma, and family violence supports. (See BCEdAccess Recommendations)
  • Community supports: Help agencies that deliver community support programs maintain and adapt their services to changing needs while ensuring the safety of staff and the individuals and families whom they support.
    • Designate staff who deliver critical Community Living BC and MCFD support programs for people with intellectual disabilities and their families as essential services workers.
    • Work with agencies and employee groups to allow temporary flexibility to reassign staff to meet urgent needs while keeping everyone safe as those change and evolve.
  • Social connectedness: Provide emergency technology funding to help community service agencies adapt to work-from-home and at-home service delivery policies.
    • Funding for computer tablets and Internet service to permit people with intellectual disabilities to access supports and services remotely where possible.

“Inclusion means identifying and removing barriers facing those with intellectual disability; it requires consideration of their unique support needs in universal planning and providing additional supports and accommodations where necessary,” Verschoor noted.

“Now, more than ever, we are calling on everyone in BC to demonstrate our province’s commitment to inclusion by ensuring that we leave no one out and no one behind.”

“We all have a role to play in advancing solutions collaboratively and we want to acknowledge and thank all those working formally and informally to help our fellow British Columbians,” Verschoor said.

Inclusion BC has been working intensively with the government, our members and others to identify and address the urgent needs of people with intellectual disabilities in BC’s COVID-19 response. We will continue to reach out and utilize the full capacity of our provincial movement as BC ad-justs to this evolving threat

Media Contact
Dawn Steele
Inclusion BC Communications
604 374-1530
dsteele@inclusionbc.org

Advocacy Support:
Call (toll free) 1-844-488-4321
Email advocacy@inclusionbc.org

Inclusion BC
Inclusion BC is a non-profit federation working with partners to build community and to enhance the lives of children, youth, adults with intellectual disabilities and their families by supporting abilities, promoting action and advancing rights, responsibilities and social justice. Our vision is a world where we all belong.

This on inclusion bc website click here

Supporting renters, landlords during COVID-19

Victoria Wednesday, March 25, 2020 1:30 PM

To support people and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Province is introducing a new temporary rental supplement, halting evictions and freezing rents, among other actions.

The new rental supplement will help households by offering up to $500 a month towards their rent, building on federal and provincial financial supports already announced for British Columbians facing financial hardship.

“With lost jobs and lost wages due to COVID-19, many tenants are worried they can’t make the rent. It’s a challenging time for landlords too,” said Premier John Horgan. “Nobody should lose their home as a result of COVID-19. Our plan will give much-needed financial relief to renters and landlords. It will also provide more security for renters, who will be able to stay in their homes without fear of eviction or increasing rents during this emergency.”

The funds will support renters experiencing a loss of income by helping them pay their rent and will be paid directly to landlords on their behalf, to ensure landlords continue to receive rental income during the pandemic. Benefiting people with low to moderate incomes, this supplement will be available to renters who are facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, but do not qualify for existing rental assistance programs.

“People are feeling a lot of fear and anxiety and they need to be able to depend on the comfort and stability of home right now. Our government is taking steps to help take some of the pressure off renters and landlords and protect people’s health,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We’re helping renters pay rent and giving them the peace of mind that they have a stable home in these unprecedented times, and ensuring that landlords can count on some rental income right now to keep them afloat too.”

Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA for Vancouver-West End, who led the Province’s Rental Housing Task Force, consulted with a broad range of tenant and landlord organizations to inform the development of these actions that meet the needs of both landlords and tenants during the pandemic.

“As we work together to fight this pandemic, we can’t afford to leave anyone behind,” Chandra Herbert said. “That’s why I delivered recommendations that address the immediate concerns of both landlords and tenants who are doing their best at this difficult time.”

The Province is implementing a number of additional measures to keep people housed and protect their health. The full list of immediate measures includes:

  • The new temporary rent supplement will provide up to $500 per month, paid directly to landlords.
  • Halting evictions by ensuring a landlord may not issue a new notice to end tenancy for any reason. However, in exceptional cases where it may be needed to protect health and safety or to prevent undue damage to the property, landlords will be able to apply to the Residential Tenancy Branch for a hearing.
  • Halting the enforcement of existing eviction notices issued by the Residential Tenancy Branch, except in extreme cases where there are safety concerns. The smaller number of court ordered evictions are up to the courts, which operate independently of government.
  • Freezing new annual rent increases during the state of emergency.
  • Preventing landlords from accessing rental units without the consent of the tenant (for example, for showings or routine maintenance), except in exceptional cases where it is  needed to protect health and safety or to prevent undue damage to the unit.
  • Restricting methods that renters and landlords can use to serve notices to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 (no personal service and allowing email).
  • Allowing landlords to restrict the use of common areas by tenants or guests to protect against the transmission of COVID-19.

To further support renters and landlords, the Residential Tenancy Branch will implement several additional actions, including adjourning and rescheduling hearings in situations where people need additional time to prepare and extending timelines for filing applications for dispute resolution.

These latest steps are part of government’s $5-billion COVID-19 Action Plan to provide income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services.

Learn More:

For information on B.C.’s COVID-19 Action Plan and other government resources and updates, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19

A backgrounder follows.

Support details for renters, landlords during COVID-19

This comprehensive package supports renters by:

  • halting new and active evictions, except for exceptional circumstances, so that no one is evicted because of COVID-19 and people can remain in their homes during this crisis;
  • helping renters pay a portion of their rent each month through a new temporary rental supplement of up to $500 per month, building on other federal and provincial financial supports;
  • freezing annual rent increases to ensure that landlords cannot apply an annual rent increase for existing tenants during the COVID-19 crisis;
  • supporting tenants in social distancing and self-isolation by providing them the right to prevent landlords from accessing rental units without the tenant’s consent (for example, for showings or routine maintenance), except in exceptional cases where access is needed to respond to urgent health and safety concerns or to prevent undue damage to the unit;
  • restricting methods of service for Residential Tenancy Branch disputes or notices to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 (no in-person service) and allowing service by email; and
  • allowing landlords to restrict the use of common areas by tenants or guests to protect against the transmission of COVID-19.

The new changes support landlords by:

  • providing a new temporary rental supplement of up to $500 per month, which will be paid directly to landlords, ensuring they continue to receive rental income during the pandemic;
  • preserving the ability for landlords to apply to the Residential Tenancy Branch for permission to issue a notice to end tenancy in exceptional circumstances, for example when the safety of landlord or other tenants is at risk;
  • allowing landlords to restrict the use of common areas by tenants or guests to protect against the transmission of COVID-19; and
  • restricting methods of service for Residential Tenancy Branch disputes or notices to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 (no in-person service) and allowing service by email.

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Government acting to protect province’s most vulnerable during COVID-19 crisis

Vancouver Saturday, March 21, 2020 10:15 AM

As British Columbians work to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the Province is taking swift action to protect vulnerable people, including those experiencing homelessness, in communities around British Columbia.

Initial actions include:

  • a ban on evictions for non-payment of rent in BC Housing-funded buildings;
  • the development of distinct protocols and identification of sites to support isolation for vulnerable people experiencing homelessness – sheltered or unsheltered – and those in private single room occupancy (SROs) and social housing buildings;
  • sustaining service providers through continued payments to ensure they can pay their staff and operating costs; and
  • centralized procurement for critical supplies needed by frontline providers, including gloves and cleaning products.

“Frontline workers are working tirelessly to ensure that vulnerable residents are protected across the province, recognizing the significant added risks that vulnerable people face in the context of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We are committed to making sure these frontline workers have the support they need to do their job – whether that’s in the form of safe spaces for people who need isolation or personal protective equipment for staff working in the field. We are all in this together.”

Recognizing that vulnerable people in different circumstances face distinct risks, a provincial Vulnerable Population Working Group is working to identify, assess and address the immediate challenges faced in particular by five groups – people living on the street, people experiencing homelessness living in encampments, shelter residents, tenants of private SROs and tenants in social and supportive housing buildings.

This working group includes representatives from the ministries of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Mental Health and Addictions, Children and Family Development, Health, as well as Emergency Management BC, the City of Vancouver, the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, local health authorities, BC Housing and Community Living BC.

Isolation protocols are being developed in partnership with local governments and health authorities based on the needs of vulnerable residents in each region. While in some situations self-isolation may be possible within a unit, additional locations have been identified throughout the province for those situations where off-site isolation of one or more people is required. In addition, recognizing that many providers have identified difficulty in sourcing necessary medical and cleaning supplies, BC Housing is now procuring personal protective equipment needed by frontline workers on a central basis and is distributing them directly to housing providers.

“While all of us are feeling the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, there is no doubt that our most vulnerable populations including the homeless and the working poor are disproportionately affected,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “We are working together with our partners at every level of government and in the social services sector to find safe and efficient ways to provide supports to the people who need them the most as quickly as possible.”

Recognizing that many residents may face challenges in making rent payments as a result of COVID-19, BC Housing has implemented a moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent in their directly managed properties and is also working with non-profit housing providers around the province to do the same. In addition, the process of applying for a rent reduction is being streamlined for tenants who have lost income as a result of COVID-19, including changing the rules to remove the requirement for proof that the decrease in income is permanent.

People experiencing homelessness often have higher rates of health concerns, and as a result could be at greater risk if exposed to COVID-19. For that reason, enhanced screening and cleaning protocols are in place at residential facilities to reduce the potential that this virus can spread within the building and beyond. To support partners’ efforts, BC Housing is also working closely with the Ministry of Health, the provincial health officer, local health authorities, the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and the Aboriginal Housing Management Association to ensure non-profit providers can protect their guests and residents. This includes providing training and support in encouraging social distancing, best practices in building cleaning and maintenance, identification of on- and off-site isolation spaces, and access to testing and other services.

Learn More

For more information on BC Housing’s eviction and rent adjustment policy, visit: https://www.bchousing.org/publications/Covid-19-Bulletin-for-Housing-Providers-Eviction-and-Rent-Adjustment-Notification-March-18th-2020.pdf

A backgrounder follows.

Province taking action to support B.C.’s most vulnerable

The B.C. government’s priority is people’s health, safety and housing security.

The Province is working with the provincial health officer, local health authorities, housing partners and the non-profit and private sectors to develop and implement plans for vulnerable people, including people experiencing homelessness.

Specific actions to date include:

Supporting vulnerable tenants facing a loss of income

  • Placing a moratorium on evictions of tenants for non-payment of rent in BC Housing’s directly-managed homes, and working with partners to implement the same in subsidized and affordable housing during the outbreak.
  • Working with housing providers to streamline the process to apply for rent reductions for those tenants in BC Housing supported buildings who have lost income as a result of COVID-19, including removing the requirement for proof that income reductions are permanent and making changes to the process to support social distancing.

Responding to growing food-insecurity among vulnerable populations

  • Arranging food-delivery service, starting next week, for tenants in subsidized and affordable housing in the Lower Mainland experiencing food security challenges. This will be replicated in other regions if required.
  • Setting up central storage space for frozen meals to be distributed to housing providers if required.

Supporting providers in responding to the crisis

  • Sourcing cleaning and personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, centrally for distribution to meet the needs of frontline workers in the housing sector.
  • Supporting non-profit housing and shelter providers to meet the unique challenges of responding to this crisis though webinars for housing and shelter providers to share information, best practices and tools, in partnership with regional health authorities.
  • Supporting shelter operators, supportive housing buildings and SROs with funding for COVID-19 related costs, such as staffing and additional cleaning supplies.

Ensuring safe shelter for vulnerable people

  • Conducting a provincewide inventory and identifying sites available in 16 communities for accommodating vulnerable populations, including those in need of spaces for self-isolation.
  • Responding to the increased risk of violence against women and children that can occur as a result of social distancing by accommodating women and children fleeing violence in hotel rooms on as-needed basis.
  • Identifying more than 1,000 modular homes that are ready to be installed quickly if required, while coordinating with local governments and health authorities on where these resources might be best deployed.
  • Procuring sprung structures that can be set up in a matter of days in open areas to provide additional shelter if required.
  • Extending operation of temporary shelters where possible in order to maintain shelter space that would otherwise close at the end of March 2020.

Supporting agencies during this crisis

  • To ensure essential services continue, contracted service providers will continue to receive the same level of funding as they would have otherwise and are expected to continue to pay their staff and operating costs.
  • Contracted service providers experiencing increased costs due to staff shortages, increased overtime and/or increased demand as a result of COVID-19 will receive incremental funding to continue the delivery of essential services.

New task forces with municipalities around the province, health authorities, as well as housing and shelter providers, continue to work urgently to identify further needs and gaps in communities and roll out supports for vulnerable populations.

Through these actions, and with the help of the important work underway with health authorities and municipalities throughout B.C., the B.C. government and partners are coming together to take immediate action to prevent the spread of this virus.

 

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10:00 PDT: B.C. poverty reduction minister announces measures in response to COVID-19

We will be making an announcement this morning at 10:00am (Thursday, April 2) about the supports the province will be providing to people on income and disability assistance, as well as to low-income seniors, as part of government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

New emergency supports for province’s most vulnerable

Vancouver Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:00 AM

To ensure B.C.’s most vulnerable – including people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors – do not encounter additional barriers during the COVID-19 crisis, the Province is implementing a series of temporary supports and supplements.

“We are putting in place measures that complement the federal crisis measures to support our most vulnerable populations and ensure they do not fall deeper into poverty as a result of COVID-19,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “This is a stressful time for everyone, but for those struggling to put food on the table at the best of times, it is important that we ensure there are no additional barriers to get what they need to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy.”

For people in B.C. currently receiving income assistance or disability assistance, the Province will temporarily exempt federal employment insurance benefits, including the new $2,000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). These payments will be fully exempted for the next three months so people receiving income assistance and disability assistance in B.C. will benefit from these new emergency federal support programs, without any reductions to their monthly assistance payments.

For everyone on income assistance or disability assistance who is not eligible for the emergency federal support programs, including the CERB, the Province will provide an automatic $300-monthly COVID-19 crisis supplement for the next three months. This supplement will also be provided to low-income seniors who receive the B.C. Senior’s Supplement and recipients of income assistance or disability assistance who reside in special care facilities.

With the current provincewide suspension of BC Transit and Translink bus fares, the Province will also provide all BC Bus Pass Program users receiving income assistance and disability assistance with the $52 Transportation Supplement for the duration of the fare suspension. This will be included on the next cheque and for each subsequent month while the fare suspension remains in place.

Existing Compass passes under the BC Bus Pass Program will not be cancelled and will remain active during this time, so people will not need to reapply for bus passes in the future. This will also ensure people can still use SkyTrain and SeaBus services that are still charging fares. There is no change for eligible low-income seniors who will continue to have an active bus pass provided by the BC Bus Pass Program.

These interim measures further complement government’s $5-billion COVID-19 Action Plan to provide income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services.

To further support vulnerable people, the Province recently provided a $3-million emergency grant to Food Banks BC to distribute among food banks provincewide. The grant will support immediate needs to buy and distribute food, pay employees and cover other costs essential to the delivery of their food programs.

Recognizing that vulnerable people in different circumstances face distinct risks, the provincial Vulnerable Population Working Group continues to identify, assess and address the immediate challenges faced by five specific groups – people living on the street, people experiencing homelessness living in encampments, shelter residents, tenants of private single-residence occupancies and tenants in social and supportive housing.

This working group includes representatives from the ministries of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Mental Health and Addictions, Children and Family Development, Health, Public Safety and Solicitor General, Finance, Attorney General, as well as Emergency Management BC, the City of Vancouver, the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, BC Centre for Disease Control, First Nations Health Authority, Provincial Health Services Authority, regional health authorities, BC Housing and Community Living British Columbia.

Reducing poverty is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus, and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.

Learn More:

Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction: www.gov.bc.ca/sdpr

For non-medical information and supports, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/COVID19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week

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BC announces $300 monthly aid for people on income or disability assistance during COVID-19

 

 

COVID-19 Action Plan: B.C.’s first steps to support people, businesses

Victoria Monday, March 23, 2020 12:35 PM

British Columbians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will benefit from $5 billion in income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services.

“The COVID-19 pandemic challenges our health, our economy and our way of life. People and businesses urgently need support,” said Premier John Horgan. “Our action plan focuses on services to protect people’s health and safety, gives immediate relief to people and businesses, and plans for B.C.’s economic recovery over the long term.”

The COVID-19 Action Plan is government’s first step to provide relief to people and businesses in British Columbia. The plan dedicates $2.8 billion to help people and fund the services they need to weather the crisis; $2.2 billion will provide relief to businesses and help them recover after the outbreak.

B.C.’s COVID-19 Action Plan builds on the federal government’s COVID-19 economic plan and boosts supports for British Columbians who are worried about paying their bills and staying afloat.

Supporting people and the services they rely on

The plan includes immediate measures to help individuals and families cope with potential illness, financial strain or precarious employment. It also adds funding to key services, such as health care, housing and social services, to make sure they continue to support British Columbians and help contain the spread of COVID-19.

“While this crisis continues, we need to make sure that people are kept safe and that vital services are available to British Columbians,” said Carole James, Minister of Finance. “That means making sure people can pay their bills, stay safe in their homes and provide for their families during this extraordinary time.”

Of the $2.8 billion allocated to ensure people have the services and support they need during this difficult time, the B.C. government is dedicating $1.1 billion to boost the income of people affected by COVID-19.

A new B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a tax-free $1,000 payment to British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected by the outbreak. The benefit will be a one-time payment for British Columbians who receive federal Employment Insurance (EI), or the new federal Emergency Care Benefit or Emergency Support Benefit as a result of COVID-19 impacts. This includes workers who have been laid-off, who are sick or quarantined, parents with sick children, parents who stay at home from work while child care centres and schools are closed, and those caring for sick family members, such as an elderly parent. The workers can be EI-eligible and non-EI eligible, such as the self-employed. The benefit will be paid to B.C. residents, in addition to their federal income supports.

The COVID-19 Action Plan takes further steps to boost income supports by increasing and expanding the B.C. Climate Action Tax Credit in July 2020. As many as 86% of British Columbians will see some extra money from this enhancement. Eligible families of four will receive up to $564 and eligible individuals will receive up to $218 in an enhanced payment. This boosts the regular climate action tax credit payment of up to $112.50 per family of four and up to $43.50 per adult.

Together, the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers and the enhanced B.C. Climate Action Tax Credit will complement federal income supports and help people who are struggling with job loss, reduced income or increased costs through the immediate crisis.

The Province is focused on keeping people safe, healthy and supported throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. To support that work, the action plan provides $1.7 billion for the critical services British Columbians need.

The $1.7 billion includes investments in housing and shelter supports, income and disability assistance programs and crucial health services, such as funding for the BC Centre for Disease Control hotline, quarantine costs, lab tests and work underway at the First Nations Health Authority and the United Way’s Better at Home program for seniors.

To support non-profits, service delivery agencies and child care providers, the Province will continue to provide funding even if these agencies are closed or their regular operations have been disrupted. Licensed child care providers staying open will receive enhanced funding to keep operations going. These centres are eligible to receive seven times their average monthly operating funding from government, which is expected to cover approximately 75% of a group facility’s average monthly operating expenses.

To help people with B.C. student loans, the Province is freezing B.C. student loan payments for six months, starting March 30, 2020. Federal student loan payments are being frozen as well.

British Columbians needing more time to pay their bills can also apply to existing payment deferral programs at ICBC and BC Hydro. ICBC is extending deferrals to up to 90 days. People dealing with job loss, illness or loss of wages due to COVID-19 may also qualify for BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund grant program for up to $600.

Supporting businesses

British Columbia has a strong economic foundation, but COVID-19 is having impacts across the country and around the world. Every aspect of B.C.’s economy will be touched by this pandemic. The COVID-19 Action Plan will help businesses get through the immediate crisis and lay the groundwork needed to get businesses back on their feet once the crisis is over.

Effective immediately, businesses with a payroll over $500,000 can defer their employer health tax payments until Sept. 30, 2020. Businesses with a payroll under this threshold are already exempt from the tax.

In addition to the employer health tax, the Province is extending tax filing and payment deadlines for the provincial sales tax (PST), municipal and regional district tax, tobacco tax, motor fuel tax and carbon tax until Sept. 30, 2020. The scheduled April 1 increase to the provincial carbon tax, as well as the new PST registration requirements on e-commerce and the implementation of PST on sweetened carbonated drinks, will be delayed and their timing will be reviewed by Sept. 30, 2020.

Business and light- and major-industry property classes will see their school tax cut in half. This will provide $500 million in immediate relief for business that own their property and allow commercial landlords to immediately pass savings on to their tenants in triple-net leases.

In the longer term, the recovery plan will dedicate funding to particularly hard-hit parts of the economy, such as the tourism, hospitality and culture sectors. The B.C. government is partnering with business and labour leaders to build an economic stimulus plan. The Province has allocated $1.5 billion for economic recovery.

Learn More:

For information on B.C.’s COVID Action Plan and other government resources and updates, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19

To learn more about Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

For non-medical information relating to COVID-19, call 1 888 COVID-19

For more information on how B.C.’s COVID-19 Action Plan helps people and businesses, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/bc-takes-steps-to-support-people-businesses-during-covid-19-pandemic

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Province takes unprecedented steps to support COVID-19 response

Victoria Thursday, March 26, 2020 9:30 AM

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, is using extraordinary powers under a state of provincial emergency to keep British Columbians safe, maintain essential goods and services, and support the Province’s ongoing response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“B.C. is in a strong position to effectively respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Farnworth. “Informed by the direction of the provincial health officer, we’re taking these critical steps to keep our communities safe, goods moving and essential service workers supported.”

Using the extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act, the minister is issuing a series of ministerial orders to ensure a co-ordinated response to COVID-19 across all levels of government for the duration of the provincial emergency. These include:

  • Supply chain: Establishing a new Provincial Supply Chain Coordination Unit to co-ordinate goods and services distribution; taking a more active role in co-ordinating essential goods and services movement by land, air, marine and rail; and suspending any bylaws that restrict goods delivery at any time of day.
  • Protecting consumers: Banning the secondary resale of food, medical supplies, personal protective equipment, cleaning and other essential supplies; and restricting quantities of items purchased at point of sale.
  • Enforcement: Enabling municipal bylaw officers to support enforcement of the provincial health officer’s orders for business closures and gatherings, in line with offences under the Public Health Act.
  • Travel: Ensuring all passenger and car-ferry services provide minimum service levels and priority access for residents, and essential goods and workers.
  • Protecting B.C.’s most vulnerable: Making it easier to support critical services for vulnerable people, like food banks and shelters.
  • Co-ordination: Suspending local states of emergency specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, except for the City of Vancouver; giving municipal councils the ability to hold more flexible meetings to expedite decisions; and co-ordinating potential use of local publicly owned facilities, like community centres, for self-isolation, testing, medical care, warehousing and distribution.

These unprecedented steps, made based on the recommendation of B.C.’s health and emergency management officials and invoked for the first time under a provincial state of emergency, will support the provincial health officer and minister of health in a co-ordinated cross-government approach to COVID-19 response and recovery.

Farnworth added, “Many local governments, First Nations and partners have stepped up to make sure they have prepared to protect their communities from the impacts of COVID-19. Today’s measures will make sure communities are taking necessary steps, in co-ordination with the Province, to get ready should more action be required to combat COVID-19.”

The Province, in consultation with the Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, has defined essential services British Columbians rely on in their daily lives in the context of COVID-19 response and recovery. This is distinct from essential service designations under the Province’s Labour Relations Code.

In consultation with the provincial health officer, any business or service that has not been ordered to close, and is also not identified on the essential service list, may stay open if it can adapt its services and workplace to the orders and recommendations of the PHO.

“In these new and challenging times we are facing, we’re asking British Columbians to stay strong as a community, and together we can get through this,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “I’m proud of the strategic measures we have enacted government-wide to help our families and health-care workers, to keep them safe and supported. By issuing a series of ministerial orders, we recognize that this is not forever, but it is for now. With everyone stepping in and respecting the extraordinary means we have to take, we will overcome this.”

Farnworth declared a provincial state of emergency on March 18, 2020, after the provincial health officer declared a public health emergency on March 17. The Province previously declared states of emergency in 1998, 2003, 2017 and 2018 – all related to wildfires. In each of those previous declarations, necessary actions were able to be taken without issuing minister’s orders under the Emergency Program Act.

Quick Facts:

  • Declarations of provincial states of emergency may be issued by the minister responsible under the Emergency Program Act.
  • The provincial government can extend the period of a declaration made by the minister responsible for further periods of time.
  • During the 2017 wildfire season, the Province was in a provincial state of emergency for 10 weeks from July 7 to Sept. 15.

Learn More:

For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, including for employers and businesses, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)

For the COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and planning materials, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/pandemic-influenza.

For more information and latest medical updates on COVID-19, follow the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit its website: http://www.bccdc.ca/

For more information on non-medical issues like travel recommendations and how to manage social isolation, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/COVID-19

 

Two backgrounders follow.

Extraordinary powers of the Emergency Program Act

On March 18, 2020, a provincial state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Program Act (EPA) to support the provincial health officer and minister of health in the timely and effective provincial response and recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This declaration will make sure federal, provincial and local resources are delivered in a joint, co-ordinated effort to best protect British Columbians.

Under a provincial state of emergency, the minister of public safety and solicitor general has extraordinary powers under the EPA to take steps necessary to prevent, respond or alleviate the impacts of an emergency.

These powers, issued by ministerial order, include the means to secure critical supply chains, ensure people have access to essential goods and services to keep society running, and make sure critical infrastructure and materials are readily available to support COVID-19 response and public safety orders are enforced.

Ministerial orders using the extraordinary powers of the EPA support a government-wide approach to COVID-19 response and recovery throughout the state of emergency, and are guided by the Pandemic Provincial Coordination Plan.

Maintaining the supply chain for essential goods and services

  • A new, Provincial Supply Chain Coordination Unit will co-ordinate goods and services distribution in partnership with industry.
  • The Province will take a more active role in co-ordinating essential goods and services movement by land, air, marine and rail. All air services required to transport essential goods, services or personnel shall be managed through establishing of a Coordinated Provincial Air Service.
  • Any bylaws that restrict goods delivery at any time of day are suspended.
  • The Province will identify and take control of warehouses and other facilities for gathering supplies and resources if required.

Protecting Consumers

  • The resale of food, medical supplies, personal protective equipment, cleaning products and other essential supplies is prohibited.
  • The Province will work with retailers and industry to restrict quantities of certain items purchased at point of sale to make sure there is enough supply for those who need them.

Enforcement

  • Municipal bylaw officers are enabled to be re-deployed to support enforcement of the provincial health officer’s orders and directives carrying fines of over $25,000 or jail, to be determined by the courts under the authority of the Public Health Act.

Travel

  • Direct passenger and car ferry operators, in consultation with the Province, will provide minimum service levels and priority access for residents, and essential goods and workers.

Protecting the most vulnerable

  • Regulatory and administrative barriers will be removed to make it easier to support critical services for vulnerable people, like food banks and shelters.
  • Evictions due to loss of income related to COVID-19 that would otherwise be allowed under the Residential Tenancy Act will be prevented or suspended.

Better emergency response and recovery co-ordination

  • All orders issued under local states of emergency under COVID-19 will be suspended and local governments will activate their emergency plans.
  • The City of Vancouver’s state of emergency orders remain. Going forward, the city will require permission to issue further new orders under its state of emergency.
  • Public facilities, like community centres, will be identified to be used for pandemic response: self-isolation, testing, medical care, warehousing and distribution.
  • Mutual aid agreements will be put in place for first responders.
  • Local governments will be given the ability to hold more flexible meetings to expedite decisions.
  • Local governments will be directed to develop business continuity plans and advanced planning for other emergencies, such as freshet flooding and wildfires.

Additional measures

  • On the direction of the Province, a hotel operator or commercial lodging operator must provide accommodation services for the purposes of self-isolation, supporting essential workforces or for other purposes identified by the Province.

Ministerial orders issued under the Emergency Program Act can be found here: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/content/mo/mo/1115649140/?xsl=/templates/browse.xsl

List of essential services in B.C. during COVID-19 pandemic

Essential services are those daily services essential to preserving life, health, public safety and basic societal functioning. They are the services British Columbians rely on in their daily lives.

Developed by Emergency Management BC in consultation with other government ministries and the provincial health officer (PHO), this definition is intended to clarify what qualifies as an essential service in the context of the Province’s response to COVID-19.  In consultation with the PHO, these services should and are encouraged to remain open. They must, however, follow the orders and guidance provided by the PHO to ensure safe operations and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

The PHO has ordered some types of businesses to close. Any business or service that has not been ordered to close, and is also not identified on the essential service list, may stay open if it can adapt its services and workplace to the orders and recommendations of the PHO.

Child care providers and schools providing care and/or in-class instruction for children are to prioritize placements for those children whose parents are employed as front-line workers in direct to public health and health services, social services, law enforcement, first responders and emergency response.

A list of essential services follows.

Health and health services

Direct-to-public health services

  • all health-care services, including acute care (hospitals), secondary/long-term care, coroners’ services, health-care providers working within and outside an acute care setting and other health services, including public health, detox facilities, safe-injection sites, COVID-19 testing, clinical research supporting the COVID-19 response, blood/plasma donation services and emergency pre-hospitalization services;
  • other health services and caregivers (e.g., physicians, dentists, psychiatrists, psychologists, mid-level practitioners, nurses and assistants, infection-control and quality-assurance personnel, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists and assistants, social workers, mental-health and substance-use workers, including peer support workers, speech pathologists, diagnostic and therapeutic technicians and technologists, counsellors, chiropractors, naturopaths, dentists, crisis centres, outreach workers, overdose and harm-reduction services, meal programs; and
  • health first responders (paramedics).

Health service providers

  • pharmaceutical production, medical laboratories/research, medical testing, pharmacies, medical supply and equipment manufacturers, wholesale, distribution and stores, and analytical testing labs related to testing of finished product for pathogens and contaminants;
  • safety supply (e.g., work clothes, personal protective equipment, medical/pharmaceutical/ laboratory supplies, etc.) stores, manufacturers, technicians, logistics and warehouse operators;
  • medical wholesale and distribution; and
  • health plans, billing and health information.

Law enforcement, public safety, first responders, emergency response personnel

  • first responders, including police, fire and those services providing for public safety, including commercial vehicle safety enforcement, corrections and detainment facilities, park rangers, security and protective services, court services, bylaw enforcement, as well as communications/dispatching support for first responders and volunteers, such as search-and-rescue and public-safety lifeline volunteers;
  • public-sector workers for peace, order and good government, and employees of contracted service providers in these fields, including maintenance of technical infrastructure to support this work and compliance with health and public-safety orders;
  • businesses that provide support to police and correctional services;
  • operations and services in support of the Canadian Armed Forces and Canadian Border Services Agency;
  • emergency management personnel at local, regional and provincial levels;
  • businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of aggregates to support critical infrastructure repairs and emergency response requirements (e.g., sandbags, armour stone barriers, etc.); and
  • equipment and uniform suppliers for first responders.

Vulnerable population service providers

  • businesses and non-profits that provide food, shelter, social and support services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable individuals, such as:
    • food banks, community kitchens, and voluntary and community service providers;
    • residential health facilities, mental-health, substance-use and addictions services;
    • transitional, social and supportive housing, and single-room occupancy housing;
  • community services and outreach for immigrants, refugees, vulnerable populations and non-market housing, including businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive/mobility/medical devices, aids and/or supplies;
  • care for seniors, adults, children or individuals with disabilities;
  • child care services for those persons providing essential services;
  • caregivers for children in care and out of care;
  • elder and disability care, including disabled service support for people with physical and cognitive disabilities;
  • residential care for individuals with mental health and substance use challenges, including licensed and registered treatment and recovery facilities;
  • government and non-profit service delivery staff who provide access to income supports for people in need of food and shelter;
  • residential and care facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, children and people with disabilities;
  • overdose prevention sites, clinical overdose prevention services or medical marijuana provision; and
  • businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive/mobility/medical devices, aids and/or supplies, or other products/services that support the health sector, including mental-health and addictions/counselling supports.

Critical infrastructure service providers

  • infrastructure, drilling and production, refineries, processing, completion facilities, utilities, transportation, transmission, stations and storage facilities critical in supporting daily essential electricity needs, drinking water, waste water, electricity (including associated infrastructure), steam, alternative energy production, waste and hazardous management, industrial recycling, oil and natural and propane gas, fuel and other fuel sources, such as heating oil and wood pellets, as well as operating staff;
  • manufacturing of goods necessary for the continued and immediate operation of other essential infrastructure and businesses;
  • gas stations, diesel, propane and heating fuel providers including providers of motor vehicle, aircraft and water/marine fuels, and providers of charging stations for electric vehicles; and
  • operations and employees needed to operate and maintain drinking water and wastewater/drainage infrastructure, including:
    • operational staff at water authorities;
    • operational staff at community water systems;
    • operational staff at wastewater treatment facilities;
    • workers repairing water and wastewater conveyances and performing required sampling or monitoring;
    • operational staff for water distribution and testing;
    • operational staff at wastewater collection facilities;
    • operational staff and technical support for supervisory control and data-acquisition control systems;
    • chemical disinfectant suppliers for wastewater and personnel protection; and
    • workers who maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting water and wastewater operations.

Food and agriculture service providers

  • food cultivation, including farming, livestock, aquaculture and fishing, and businesses that support the food supply chain, as well as community gardens and subsistence agriculture;
  • food processing, manufacturing, storage and distribution of foods, feed products and beverages;
  • workers essential to maintaining or repairing equipment in food processing and distribution centres;
  • workers, including temporary foreign workers, to support agricultural operations to enhance food security;
  • retail: grocery stores, convenience stores, farmers markets and other establishments engaged in the retail sale or provision of food, pet or livestock supply, liquor, cannabis (including producers), and any other household consumer products, such as cleaning and personal care products.
    • includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential daily operation of residences. such as home supply, hardware, building material stores, pawn brokers, and garden centres and nurseries;
  • farming supply, including seed, fertilizer, pesticides, farm-machinery sales and maintenance;
  • inspection services and associated regulatory and government workforce and supporting businesses required for slaughter of animals, dairy production and food safety; and
  • businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including veterinarians, farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, zoos, aquariums, research facilities and other service providers.

Transportation, infrastructure and manufacturing

  • supply chain services needed to supply goods for societal functioning, including cooling, storing, packaging, transportation, warehousing and distribution;
  • workers who support the maintenance and operation of cargo transportation services, including crews, maintenance, operations and other facilities workers;
  • manufacturers and distributors (to include service centres and related operations) of packaging materials, pallets, crates, containers and other supplies needed to support manufacturing, packaging staging and distribution operations;
  • truck drivers who haul hazardous and waste materials to support critical infrastructure, capabilities, functions, and municipal and provincial services;
  • local, regional, and provincial delivery services, including but not limited to businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to business and residences and mailing and shipping services;
  • services to support and enable transportation, including highway, road, bridge maintenance and repair;
  • employees who repair, maintain and overhaul vehicles, aircraft and parts, rail equipment, marine vessels, and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and passengers, as well as vehicle rentals and leasing;
  • services that facilitate the transportation of essential supplies, personnel and services, including port/waterfront operations, road, air and rail operations;
  • facilities supporting interprovincial and intra-provincial delivery of goods, including truck scales, commercial vehicle inspection stations, brokerages, truck towing and repair services, commercial cardlock fuel providers, truck and rest stops;
  • government-owned or leased buildings;
  • businesses that supply other essential businesses and people working from home with the support or supplies necessary to operate;
  • private transportation services, such as taxis, ride-hailing, helicopter, aircraft and marine vessels;
  • public transportation services under rules for physical distancing or other recommendations from the PHO;
  • workers supporting the chemical and industrial gas supply chains, including workers at chemical manufacturing plants, workers in laboratories, workers at distribution facilities, workers who transport basic raw chemical materials to the producers of industrial and consumer goods and support the natural resource sector, as well as workers supporting safety at such facilities;
  • provision of public services that support the safe operation of regulated businesses and the provision of public services that support those businesses to meet other regulatory requirements;
  • workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations;
  • workers who support the inspection and maintenance for ongoing safety at industrial facilities;
  • inspectors who ensure worksites are safe and health for workers, and who investigate serious workplace accidents;
  • workers who process and manage claims made by injured workers, including services related to their care and treatment, as well as the provision of workers’ compensation benefits;
  • hotels and places of accommodation;
  • activities of the consuls general and staff who support the work of the consuls general;
  • landlords of buildings where the consulates are located and those who must guarantee access to consular offices as well as the operation of the consular offices;
  • storage for essential businesses;
  • businesses that provide materials and services for the operation, maintenance and safety of transportation systems (road, transit, rail, air and marine) including delivery of maintenance services, such as clearing snow, response to collisions and completing needed repairs to transportation systems;
  • businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials, including businesses that manufacture inputs to other manufacturers (e.g., primary metal/steel, blow moulding, component manufacturers, chemicals, etc., that feed the end-product manufacturer);
  • vegetation management crews and traffic workers who support environmental remediation/monitoring and who respond to environmental emergencies;
  • businesses providing staffing services, including temporary labour services; and
  • businesses that support the safe operations of residences, essential businesses and facilities/buildings.

Sanitation

  • cleaning services necessary to provide and maintain disinfection;
  • manufacturing of sanitary products, household paper products, chemicals, microelectronics/semi-conductor, including companies able to retrofit their production facilities to produce goods/services that can be used to address critical shortages of sanitary and protective goods;
  • businesses that support environmental management/monitoring and spill cleanup and response, including environmental consulting firms, professional engineers and geoscientists, septic haulers, well drillers, pesticides applicators and exterminators, management of industrial sewage/effluent (e.g., for mining operations) and environmental laboratories; and
  • waste (garbage and organics) and recycling collection, processing and disposal.

Communications, information sharing and information technology (IT)

  • workers maintaining IT and communications infrastructure for medical facilities, governments facilities, emergency response and command agencies, energy and utilities, banks and financial institutions, employees working from home, and other critical infrastructure categories and personnel, including managing information and cyber-security incidents;
  • newspapers, television, radio, online news outlets and other media services;
  • IT, radio, cable providers and telecommunications services, including phone, internet, wireless communications and data centres; and
  • satellite operations, undersea cable landing stations, internet exchange points, and manufacturers and distributors of communications equipment.

Non-health essential service providers

  • feed, water, bedding, veterinary care, veterinary supply, transport and processing services for livestock, animal shelters and pets;
  • coroners and workers performing mortuary services, including funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries, as well as workers supporting the appropriate handling, identification, storage, transportation and certification of human remains;
  • banks and their branches, credit unions and related financial institutions, as well as workers who support security and technical operations supporting financial institutions;
  • capital markets, including the British Columbia Securities Commission, self-regulatory organizations, exchanges, clearing agencies and investment-fund dealers, advisers and managers;
  • services related to bankruptcy/credit restructuring and non-bank sources of capital, cheque-cashing outlets, money sending and money remittance services, currency exchange services, pawn brokers;
  • accounting, payroll, translation services, legal services and insurance providers; insurance assessment and adjudication providers;
  • plumbers, electricians, elevator maintenance providers, exterminators, property management services, custodial/janitorial workers, cleaning services, fire safety and sprinkler systems, building systems maintenance and repair technicians, engineers, mechanics, smelters and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation and daily essential operation of residences and commercial buildings;
  • educational institutions — including public and private K-12 schools, and public post-secondary institutions — for purposes of facilitating remote learning or performing essential functions, including services that are needed to ensure the safety, security, welfare, integrity and health of the community, property and research and certain operational and contractual activities, if operating under rules for physical distancing or other recommendations from the PHO;
  • in relation to research universities, services including COVID-19-related research, residential housing and food services for students on campus, building operations and risk management, animal care services, health services for students, IT including data security and infrastructure, finance/payroll/administration/HR/communications and child care for essential university staff;
  • laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers;
  • restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, if operating under rules for social and physical distancing or other recommendations from the PHO;
  • towing services and other vehicle repair/maintenance operations;
  • schools and other entities that provide free food services to students or members of the public, if operating under rules for physical distancing or other recommendations from the PHO;
  • construction work, in accordance with PHO direction, construction firms, skilled trades and professionals, and construction and light industrial machinery and equipment rental;
  • businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of primary and value-added forestry/silviculture products (e.g., lumber, pulp, paper, wood fuel, etc.) including soft-pulp products, such as protective masks, gowns, drapes, screens and other hospital supplies, as well as household paper products;
  • postal services, including both public and private mailing, shipping, logistics, courier, delivery services and post office boxes;
  • research services supporting essential sectors, including medical/clinical research and industrial research;
  • all government (local, regional, provincial) functions or services;
  • businesses and non-profits that provide support services to citizens and businesses on behalf of government – these include but are not limited to: income assistance and disability assistance, pensions, residential tenancy, BC Services Card, drivers’ licensing, Affordable Child Care Benefit, Medical Services Plan, forest-worker support programs, notary, commissioner, affidavits, pesticide exams, invigilation for essential trades, 1 888 COVID19, verify by video, and helpdesk for BCeID;
  • weather forecasters;
  • businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of mining materials and products (e.g., metals such as copper, nickel and gold) and that support supply chains including
    • mining operations, production and processing;
    • mineral exploration and development; and
    • mining supply and services that support supply chains in the mining industry including maintenance of operations, health and safety;
  • workers at operations centres necessary to maintain other essential functions;
  • professional services, including lawyers and paralegals, engineers, accountants, translators;
  • land registration services and real estate agent services;
  • building code enforcement, inspection of buildings, building sites and building systems by building officials and registered professionals (architects and engineers);
  • public washrooms and hygiene facilities (toilets, handwash stations, showers) for unsheltered persons; and
  • parks and green space for public health and sheltering (for people experiencing homelessness).

This on BC Govt website go to the link here

 

B.C. Premier John Horgan made an evening addressed on March 31st,2020 to British Columbians on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Province extends state of emergency to support COVID-19 response

 

The B.C. government has formally extended the provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, through the end of the day on April 14, 2020.

“The next 14 days are critically important in our province’s unprecedented fight against COVID-19. What we do today will affect what our doctors, nurses and first responders face in the days and weeks ahead,” said Premier John Horgan. “Today, we’re asking all British Columbians to re-commit to doing their part. There are early signs that our actions are making a difference, and we can’t stop now.”

Using the extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has issued a series of orders to ensure a co-ordinated response to COVID-19 across all levels of government. Through these orders, the Province is taking an active role in co-ordinating the supply chain for essential goods and services, supporting the enforcement of the provincial health officer’s orders and prohibiting the secondary selling of essential goods and supplies.

Government is also taking steps to ensure people and businesses are supported through this challenging time by:

  • providing $5 billion in income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services;
  • halting evictions, freezing rents and introducing a $500 temporary rental supplement;
  • amending the Employment Standards Act to protect jobs for those unable to work for reasons relating to COVID-19;
  • launching a process to match essential service workers with child care in their communities and supporting child care providers with temporary emergency funding;
  • bolstering seniors’ supports at community service agencies with $50 million and expanding bc211, a provincewide information and referral service to match seniors whose support network has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak with volunteers;
  • supporting families who rely on food banks with a $3-million emergency grant to Food Banks British Columbia; and
  • providing people and organizations in the arts sector with a $3-million Arts and Culture Resilience Supplement to be administered by the BC Arts Council.

“Our government is continuing to take all actions necessary to keep our communities safe, goods moving, and essential service workers supported,” Farnworth said. “This is an unprecedented time in our province. We’re working hard to alleviate the pressures that we’re all facing, and we will get through this together.”

The extension of the provincial state of emergency is based on recommendations from B.C.’s health and emergency management officials. Farnworth made the original declaration on March 18 after Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, declared a public health emergency.

The Province has created 1 888 COVID-19 to connect British Columbians needing non-medical information about COVID-19. This includes the latest information on travel recommendations and physical distancing, as well as access to support and resources from the provincial and federal governments. The call line is available seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., in 110 languages. People with questions related to their health and COVID-19 should call 811.

Quick Facts:

  • Declarations of provincial states of emergency may be issued by the minister responsible under the Emergency Program Act.
  • The provincial government can extend the period of a declaration made by the minister responsible for further periods of time for up to 14 days at a time.
  • During the 2017 wildfire season, the province was in a provincial state of emergency for 10 weeks from July 7 to Sept. 15.

Learn More:

For information on non-medical issues like travel recommendations and how to manage social isolation, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/COVID-19

For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, including for employers, businesses and schools, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)

For more information and latest medical updates on COVID-19, follow the BCCDC on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit its website: http://www.bccdc.ca/

This on BC Govt website March 3st,2020 click here

 

 

Hear is updates from BC Govt heath minister

Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

Victoria Wednesday, April 1, 2020 5:00 PM

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

“We are announcing 53 new cases, for a total of 1,066 cases in British Columbia.

“Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 497 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 367 are in the Fraser Health region, 72 are in the Island Health region, 114 are in the Interior Health region and 16 are in the Northern Health region.

“In the last 24 hours, we must also report one death in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 25 COVID-19 related deaths in British Columbia. Our condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones.

“We continue to see new cases in long-term care and assisted-living facilities. There are now COVID-19 cases in 21 facilities in B.C., all in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions. Public health officials are providing support to implement outbreak protocols at all sites.

“To date, 606 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer have isolation requirements.

“Of the total COVID-19 cases, 142 individuals are currently hospitalized, 67 of those are in intensive care and the remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“This is an incredibly challenging time for all of us. Along with the serious health risks of COVID-19, many are also facing financial hardship and mental health struggles.

“We know, without a doubt, that with all of us working together, we will get through this. Our goal is to have the restrictions and orders in place for as short a time as possible.

“Maintaining strong social connections – at a distance – is one of the best ways that we can take care of ourselves and show support for each other.

“The 7 p.m. cheer is heard across our province each evening. We have seen flowers and groceries on door steps, young children on virtual playdates, teens hosting gaming marathons and countless other examples of community connection.

“We have also received hundreds of offers of support from those with supplies of personal protection equipment and medical supplies.

“A new joint government-business COVID-19 Supply Hub launched today to fast-track sourcing and delivery of supplies to our front-line health workers.

“Global Affairs Canada has registered tens of thousands of Canadian passport holders looking to come home from countries heavily impacted by COVID-19, some starting later this week.

“All travellers arriving in British Columbia must immediately comply with federal quarantine orders. There must be no ambiguity from the federal government. They must make the order clear and support its enforcement with an increased presence at every port of entry to our country.

“All of us have to step up our game now.”

Learn More:

For more information on the COVID-19 ethics framework, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-professionals/clinical-resources/covid-19-care/ethics

For information and supports that are not health-related, call 1 888 COVID19 between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week, or visit: www.gov.bc.ca/COVID19

For a full listing of provincial health officer orders and guidance, visit: www.Gov.bc.ca/phoguidance

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

The COVID-19 self-assessment app can be downloaded at: bc.thrive.health/

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/
on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews
or Youtube: www.youtube.com/ProvinceofBC

For a Chinese translation: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2020.04.1_New_ExistingCasesCOVID-19_CN.pdf

 

A backgrounder follows

Assisted living, long-term care facilities and seniors’ rental buildings with confirmed COVID-19 cases:

Vancouver Coastal Health region:

  • Lynn Valley long-term care facility
  • Hollyburn long-term care facility
  • Haro Park long-term care facility
  • German Canadian House long-term care facility
  • Little Mountain long-term care facility
  • Broadway Pentecostal Lodge long-term care facility
  • Windermere Care Centre long-term care facility
  • Villa Cathay long-term care facility
  • Inglewood Lodge long-term care facility
  • Royal Arch Masonic Home long-term care facility
  • Berkley Care Centre long-term care facility

Fraser Health:  

  • Delta View long-term care facility
  • Dufferin Care Centre (Coquitlam)
  • Evergreen Baptist Complex (includes assisted living and long-term care facility, and manor – seniors rental)
  • The Harrison at Elim Village long-term care facility
  • Langley Gardens long-term care facility
  • Shaughnessy Care Centre long-term care facility
  • Amica Retirement Home long-term care facility
  • Langley Lodge long-term care facility
  • Swedish Canadian Manor assisted living
  • Cedarbrook Chateau independent living

 This in on BC Govt website go to the link

 

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B.C. COVID-19 response update

Victoria Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:15 PM

The COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving and the information below is current as of 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Cases:

  • Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 1,066
  • New cases since March 31, 2020: 53
  • Hospitalized cases: 142
  • Intensive care: 67
  • COVID-19 related deaths: 25
  • Recovered: 606

Confirmed cases by region:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 497
  • Fraser Health: 367
  • Island Health: 72
  • Interior Health: 114
  • Northern Health: 16

 This on BC Govt Website go to the link here

 

 

Message from the Ministry of Children and Family Development

Hello,

To help keep you informed on the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s response to COVID-19, we will be providing updates on the ministry’s website (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/covid-19-information).

Check back regularly for information and updates specific to Caregivers, Contracted Residential Agencies, community-based service providers, child care operators, and youth/families receiving supports from the ministry.

 

 

This is From Ministry of Income Assistance regarding their services situations with covid19 THEIR OFFICES ARE CLOSED . And they asking you go to Ministry of Income Assistance online portal go to link here https://myselfserve.gov.bc.ca/

 

BC Transit updates Coronavirus COVID-19 Information latest

Mar 27, 2020

BC Transit to limit number of passengers for physical distancing

Transit System: Global

BC Transit is taking additional measures to support physical distancing by reducing the number of passengers on board BC Transit buses.

As of Monday, March 30, our transit operators will be monitoring passenger capacity based on direction from BC Transit operations. This will allow additional space in-between customers, and provide space for people to move within the bus if they feel necessary. With changes at post-secondary schools, primary and secondary schools, businesses and government agencies, BC Transit has seen a decrease in ridership of about 50 to 70 per cent.

We do not anticipate pass-ups with this change based on current ridership statistics, and if there are pass-ups we will track the instances through our normal process and make adjustments are required. We ask customers to please leave plenty of time for their transit trip to allow for physical distancing, and thank our customers for their patience.

BC Transit has already implemented the following physical distancing measures:

  • Rear door loading, except for those with accessible needs
  • Not collecting fares
  • Enhancing the red line for customers to remain behind to provide physical distance from the operator

Promoting good etiquette on transit for physical distance including providing space for other customers and checking passenger loads before traveling

We are also reviewing service levels in communities across the province, and will continue to make adjustments based on resource availability and ensuring appropriate physical distancing can be practiced.

We are continuing to be there for those that need transportation services including people going to work at healthcare facilities and other critical services, and going for a weekly grocery trip.

If you have questions or comments, please contact your local transit office through BCTransit.com or call your local transit office.

This on BC Transit website go to the link here

 

Federal Ministers and Health Officials Provide COVID-19 Update – April 2nd,2020

 Go to CPAC update here video of today April 2nd,2020 News Conference Federal Level Click Here

 

 

This from The World Health Organization website you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates.

Here is the WHO latest update

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 1 April 2020

 This is Briefing of The WHO News Conference that was Today April 1st,2020

 

1 April 2020
Good morning, good afternoon and good evening.

As we enter the fourth month since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection.

Over the past 5 weeks, we have witnessed a near exponential growth in the number of new cases, reaching almost every country, territory and area.

The number of deaths has more than doubled in the past week. In the next few days we will reach 1 million confirmed cases, and 50 thousand deaths.

While relatively lower numbers of confirmed cases have been reported from Africa, and from Central and South America, we realize that COVID-19 could have serious social, economic and political consequences for these regions.

It is critical that we ensure these countries are well equipped to detect, test, isolate and treat cases, and identify contacts – I am encouraged to see that this is occurring in many countries, despite limited resources.

Many countries are asking people to stay at home and shutting down population movement, which can help to limit transmission of the virus, but can have unintended consequences for the poorest and most vulnerable people.

I have called on governments to put in place social welfare measures to ensure vulnerable people have food and other life essentials during this crisis.

In India, for example, Prime Minister Modi has announced a $24 billion package, including free food rations for 800 million disadvantaged people, cash transfers to 204 million poor women and free cooking gas for 80 million households for the next 3 months.

Many developing countries will struggle to implement social welfare programs of this nature. For those countries, debt relief is essential to enable them to take care of their people and avoid economic collapse.

This is a call from WHO, the World Bank and the IMF – debt relief for developing countries.

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Three months ago, we knew almost nothing about this virus.

Collectively, we have learned an enormous amount.

And every day, we learn more.

WHO is committed to serving all people everywhere with the best evidence to protect their health.

WHO develops guidance based on the totality of evidence collected from around the world.

Every day, our staff talk to thousands of experts around the world to collect and distil that evidence and experience.

We constantly review and update our guidance as we learn more, and we are working to adapt it for specific contexts.

For example, we recommend handwashing and physical distancing, but we also recognize this can be a practical challenge for those who lack access to clean water, or who live in cramped conditions.

Together with Unicef and the International Federation of the Red Cross, we’ve published new guidance for improving access to handwashing.

The guidance recommends that countries set up handwashing stations at the entrance to public buildings, offices, bus stops and train stations.

We’re also working hard with researchers all over the world to generate the evidence about which medicines are most effective for treating COVID-19.

There has been an extraordinary response to our call for countries to join the Solidarity trial, which is comparing four drugs and drug combinations.

So far, 74 countries have either joined the trial or are in the process of joining.

As of this morning, more than 200 patients had been randomly assigned to one of the study arms.

Each new patient who joins the trial gets us one step closer to knowing which drugs work.

We’re also continuing to study the evidence about the use of masks.

WHO’s priority is that frontline health workers are able to access essential personal protective equipment, including medical masks and respirators.

That’s why we are continuing to work with governments and manufacturers to step up the production and distribution of personal protective equipment, including masks.

There’s an ongoing debate about the use of masks at the community level.

WHO recommends the use of medical masks for people who are sick and those caring for them.

However, in these circumstances, masks are only effective when combined with other protective measures.

WHO continues to gather all available evidence and continues to evaluate the potential use of masks more broadly to control COVID-19 transmission at the community level.

This is still a very new virus, and we are learning all the time.

As the pandemic evolves, so does the evidence, and so does our advice.

But what doesn’t change is WHO’s commitment to protecting the health of all people, based on the best science, without fear or favour.

I thank you.

 

Here you can go to on who website go to the link here read latest

 

This Below is from website called World Health Organization refer to them by going to their website here

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading

  • Follow the guidance outlined above.
  • Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
  • If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

How to protect yourself against COVID-19

HOW DOES COVID-19 AFFECT THE BODY?

 

Protect yourself and others from getting sick

How to cope with stress during 2019-nCoV outbreak

Practice food safety

 

Shopping/Working in wet markets in China and Southeast Asia

Stay healthy while traveling

 

 

Go to World Heath Organization for above Information on Corona virus go to the link here

 

 

 

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