Sun Peaks Community Health Centre
3115 Creekside Way, Sun Peaks, BC, Canada V0E 5N0
April 27th, 2020
Dear Sun Peaks Residents,
Thank you all for continuing to follow public health recommendations. Your efforts are not unrecognized and indeed are helping us to remain healthy and reduce new infections. We realize this is an incredibly difficult and challenging time.
The Health Centre continues to track presumptive cases in Sun Peaks and although the list is growing slowly, it is mainly from people who fell ill in March but who are just now reporting their experiences to us. We encourage everyone do the same. This will enable us to track how COVID-19 impacted our community, allowing us to plan strategies for the future.
As you are likely aware, COVID-19 can present in many ways other than the ‘standard’ fever, chills, sore throat, dry cough, muscle and joint aches and major fatigue. There is now growing evidence it can have neurological symptoms and presentations such as seizure and even strokes are being reported. In view of this and as always, if you have any limb weakness, speech issues or other odd neurological symptoms please seek medical care immediately (go to Royal Inland Hospital Emergency Department).
Recently the Canadian Pediatric Surveillance Program has reported unusual skin changes in COVID-19 pediatric cases. “Skin changes have been reported in approximately 20% of patients with COVID-191 and unusual presentations, including acrocyanosis, pernio-like changes, and acral ischemia, have recently been associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection.2-4 These may present as acrally distributed red-purple papules/nodules akin to pernio or cutaneous vasculitis.
Children may be otherwise asymptomatic or may present with mild symptoms consistent with COVID-19 symptoms”. What this is saying is that children can present with toes that look like bad frostbite and are usually painful. They do improve and recover very slowly.
There are 2 potential pediatric cases in Sun Peaks that may have had such skin changes and be may be COVID-19 related. If you have a child who has or has had similar symptoms, please contact the Sun Peaks Health Centre at 778-644-0635 as we are attempting to track such cases.
A word on Royal Inland Hospital Emergency Department (ED). We understand that many people are reluctant to go to the ED in case it will be ‘filled with COVID-19 cases’. The hospital has a safe triage process and has completely separated the ED into different areas for patients with COVID-19 symptoms and those attending for other emergencies. This means COVID-19 related cases are isolated and staff remain in one area during their shifts.
Please use the Emergency Department for urgent situations and injuries. Examples: chest pain, significant shortness of breath, stroke symptoms, excessive bleeding, severe allergic reactions or suspected fractured bones.
As you may have heard, testing has expanded and anyone with COVID-19 symptoms can now be tested at the Urgent and Primary Care Centre below Royal Inland Hospital. (250-314-2256). You must phone ahead to book an appointment, which are from 4:30 to 8:00 pm. They have a busy telephone line, be persistent!
The Health Centre continues to be open Monday to Friday. We are doing telephone consults almost exclusively but in certain situations we are seeing patients for physical examinations. The limitations are in place due to concerns regarding the spread of Covid-19 and due to a reduced amount of personal protective equipment.
We strongly advise you to continue to seek our support for your healthcare needs. Take care and be safe.
Shane Barclay MD, Medical Director
Laura Bantock RN, Executive Director
Chip Bantock MD
Sun Peaks Community Health Centre