Dr. Henry calls on BC residents to curtail non-essential travel

B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry

With rising COVID-19 cases throughout the province, the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is calling on BC residents to pause travel for recreational and non-essential purposes in all regions.

This means avoiding travel in, around or outside of BC unless it is absolutely essential, and postponing recreational and social travel.

Travel for work or things like medical appointments is still okay. If you must travel for essential reasons, take the same health and safety precautions you do at home:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Practice safe distancing
  • Stick to the outdoors whenever possible
  • Clean spaces often
  • If you are feeling sick, stay home. No exceptions. If symptoms develop while travelling, self-isolate immediately and contact 8-1-1 for guidance and testing.

There were 18 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in today in the Interior Health Region as of 4:30 p.m. today, bringing the total to 1,106, with 193 active and three deaths.

Province-wide, 717 new cases today brought the cumulative count to 23,661, with 6,589 cases active, There were 198 patients hospitalized, 63 in intensive care. To date, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 310 British Columbians.

Dr. Henry reminded British Columbians yesterday that “it is important to remember that businesses are required to ensure the health and safety of their employees and right now, that means a requirement to have COVID-19 safety plans in place to operate.”

Please take the opportunity to review your COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plans.

To view the Provincial Health Officer Order, click here.

It is normal to experience stress, anxiety and apprehension in response to the uncertain environment the COVID-19 pandemic has created.

These are normal reactions to an unprecedented event that continuously changes.

While we focus on measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, it’s important to monitor and care for our mental health. It is okay to not be okay. For virtual mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Valley Community Services is offering emotional support to people in Creston and surrounding areas who need help during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It stress, irritability or anxiety are affecting your ability to manage day to day, please don’t hesitate to contact Valley Community Services at (250) 428-5547 or by email at info@valley.services.

A counsellor will return your call/respond to your email and all conversations are confidential.