Provincial Disaster Relief Guidelines for private residences:
Covid remains a factor in all our lives. There continues to be a spread of COVID in the Community and we urge everyone to a) be vaccinated and b) to practice all the COVID safety protocols.
FNHA has a list of resources for your information and consideration: First Nations Health Authority
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.
Most common symptoms:
Less common symptoms:
aches and pains
loss of taste or smell
a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
chest pain or pressure
loss of speech or movement
Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should manage their symptoms at home.
On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.
Can a person without symptoms spread the coronavirus?
Recent evidence indicates that the virus can be transmitted to others from someone who is infected but not showing symptoms. This includes people who: have not yet developed symptoms (pre-symptomatic) never develop symptoms (asymptomatic)
Needing a Covid Vaccine?
ON LINE BOOKING:
- The online link is https://www2.gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated.html and is available 24/7.
- You can register 24 hours a day.
- To register online, you must provide:
- First and last name
- Date of birth
- Postal code
- Personal Health Number
- An email address that gets checked regularly or a phone number that can receive text messages
Find your Personal Health Number on the back of your B.C. driver’s license or BC Services Card.
- The phone number is 1-833-838-2323, 7 days per week, 7 am-7 pm
- The Interior Health number (1-877-740-7747) will redirect callers to the provincial call centre through a menu option.
- Provincial database is linked to all health authority databases.
How do I protect myself and others from COVID?
- Frequent handwashing – wash thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Wear a mask when out in public indoor spaces – it’s the law
- Always keep your social distance – keep 2 meters apart from anyone who is not in your household
- Keep your errands and trips to town to the minimum necessary
- If you are not feeling well including a cold or sniffles, stay home and stay away from others!
- Remember that you might be carrying and spreading the COVID virus without being aware you have it
- Keep your social bubble small – only the people living in your household
- Do not go visiting or socializing, and do not invite others over
- Get fresh air and exercise – it is ok to be outside for play and exercise just keep your distance from those not in your household bubble
Oh No! I think I have COVID – What do I Do?
Use the Self-Assessment tool: https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en
If this tool suggests they get tested they can book online test with NVGH at https://interiorhealthcovid.secureform.ca/index.php
People can only be tested if they have symptoms for at least 24 hours. They may be tested if they have ONE of the following; Fever or chills · Cough* · Loss of sense of smell or taste · Difficulty breathing – OR TWO of the following; Sore throat · Loss of appetite · Extreme fatigue or tiredness · Headache · Body aches · Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
If you are instructed to self-isolate, you must keep to your house for as long as you are told by the Health Official. That means no trips to the grocery store, no trips to the corner store, no picking up the kids from school – do not go anywhere! If you need some errands done for you, you will have to reach out to friends, family or neighbours and have them drop off what you need at the door without coming into contact with you.
Emergencies – Being Prepared
These staff work to support responders at the scene and work with all involved agencies – RCMP, Health, Red Cross, ambulance, fire, forestry and so forth as each emergency dictates. We urge LNIB community members to be prepared for any type of emergency. In some cases, you will be directed to “shelter in place” which means that you have to be able to look after yourself and your family for up to 72 hours without outside assistance. Create a Household Emergency Plan In some cases, you may be evacuated – possibly without notice. An emergency preparedness kit will help you in both situations and you should have it ready at all times, and check the supplies in it twice a year. You may have some of the items already, such as food, water and a battery operated or wind-up flashlight. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark? Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front-hall closet. If you have many people in your household, your emergency kit could get heavy.It’s a good idea to separate some of these supplies in backpacks. That way, your kit will be more portable and each person can personalize his or her own grab-and-go emergency kit.
Basic Emergency Kit Checklist:
- Water — two litres of water per person per day (include small bottles)
- Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace once a year)
- Manual can opener
- Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
- Wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
- First aid kit
- Extra keys for your car and house
- Cash, traveler’s cheques and change
- Important family documents such as identification, insurance and bank records
- Emergency plan — include a copy in your kit as well as contact information
Additional Emergency Kit Supplies:
- Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning
- Candles and matches or lighter (place in sturdy containers and do not burn unattended)
- Change of clothing and footwear for each household member
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each household member
- Toiletries and personal hygiene items
- Hand sanitizer, toilet paper and garbage bags
- Prepaid phone card, mobile phone charger
- Pet food and supplies
- Infant formula, baby food and supplies
- Activities for children like books, puzzles or toys
- Prescription medications, medical equipment
- Utensils, plates and cups
- Household chlorine bleach or water purifying tablets
- Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, pocket knife)
- Small fuel-operated stove and fuel
- Whistle (to attract attention)
- Duct tape