COVID 19 Notice March 20th, 2020
I trust that you are all carefully watching the news and heeding the advice of our Chief Medical Officer for the Province.
We must avoid close interactions and contact with our fellow citizens and remain at least two meters apart from everyone except our immediate families. Test kits are not available except in hospitals and reserved for the very ill and medical professionals. As a result, the number of confirmed cases is based on people who have taken tests, and therefore the numbers reported officially are likely only a fraction of the actual cases in British Columbia. At this time, we don’t have any positive tests from anyone in Sun Peaks, but we do have a number of people who have (suspicious) mild flu like symptoms and they do not fall within the criteria to be tested. Hopefully these people do not have Covid 19. However, the Covid 19 virus is spreading rapidly and we should assume that the virus could be here in Sun Peaks.
It is obvious that some of you have not taken seriously the medical advice to social isolate. In the past few days, we have seen images of people partying and even yesterday I saw larger groups of children hanging around socializing outside the local grocery store. While most people who get the virus will not likely be seriously ill, those with compromised immune systems and respiratory illness can die from this virus. These people can be your neighbours or older relatives who may become ill through transmission from you. Think about it, what makes you just mildly ill, can kill your grandparents, neighbours and seniors in our community.
Self or family isolation will not stop the spread of this virus, it will only slow down the illness rate, something that is important if each severely sick person is to find a hospital bed. If 10% of the residents in the Kamloops/Sun Peaks region were to get seriously ill, Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital could not possibly look after thousands of sick patients. Until there is a vaccination, any health or unhealthy person can catch the virus.
Our community is worried. The impacts of this virus are truly worrisome and we need to be concerned about our health and the health of our neighbours. Many people in Sun Peaks have unexpectantly lost their employment and are now worried about how they will get through the next few months. Yes, it will be months before these issues goes away.
There is a level of anxiety in the air and some people may feel helpless. The Sun Peaks Health Centre will assist you. Please contact 778-644-0635
A group of Sun Peaks residents are working diligently to establish a Sun Peaks Community Help group. This group will establish a contact email address and community volunteers will assist those who need help to address their situation. The contact information will be posted on the Sun Peaks Municipal website within a few days.
If you need immediately help, please discuss your issues with your employer. Many Sun Peaks employers have assured me that they will assist their employees. There are federal government employment programs that are available to assist you. Your employer can assist you with online applications. If you don’t feel like you are being heard, please let me know directly and we will try to assist you immediately firstname.lastname@example.org
Please take this Covid virus seriously, self-isolate as much as you can. Do not take this lightly!