The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve around the world. A lot has changed in a short amount of time and health authorities have called for dramatic actions to be taken to slow and contain the spread of the virus.
Council and Administration’s top priority is the health and safety of our citizens, visitors and employees. The City has activated its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Level 2 and is working through a business continuity strategy to maintain City services and continue providing a healthy and safe work environment for our employees.
In the North Okanagan, the Interior Health Authority (IHA) is the lead agency in response to the community impact of COVID-19. The City continues to take its direction from the Province of B.C. and Government of Canada.
Where can I find up-to-date COVID-19 information?
- COVID-19 Information Line **FOR NON HEALTH INFORMATION** 1- 888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319). The line is open seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. PST
- Dial 811 for health related information on COVID19
- COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool & App - use this simple online tool if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are wondering if you should be tested
- Interior Health Authority (IHA)
- B.C. Ministry of Health
- BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)
- Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
What is the City doing?
The City of Vernon has taken several actions to help slow and contain the spread of COVID-19 in the North Okanagan.
- City recreation facilities are closed
- City playgrounds and Pickleball courts are closed
- City Council meetings and Public Hearings have been cancelled until further notice
- Anyone who’s sick, or has been around someone who’s sick, or has traveled outside Canada within the last 14 days is not to enter a City facility
- Members of the public are asked to call or email, instead of visiting a City facility (if possible)
- Signage has been posted in all City facilities about proper handwashing techniques, and physical distancing
- Apparatus has been installed in all City facilities to practice appropriate physical distancing at front counters
- Increased disinfecting and cleaning measures are in place in all City facilities
- In-person, City sponsored public engagement events have been cancelled
- Public engagement activities are now taking place online (http://www.engagevernon.ca)
- Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) has been provided to First Responders
What can I do?
We all have a role to play in containing the spread of COVID-19 and reducing the impact on our healthcare system. Several orders have been announced by the Prime Minister and the Provincial Health Officer. In addition to following these orders, health authorities say there are several things we can do individually to help protect ourselves, our families and our community.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands;
- Practice physical distancing, which means to keep 2 meters (6 ft) between yourself and others;
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Cough and sneeze into your sleeve, and not your hands;
- Stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others; and
- Wipe surfaces and objects (e.g., phones, desk tops, door handles, light switches) with disinfectant often.