In light of news that there are currently 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Haida Gwaii, we are issuing the following reminder to Prince Rupert residents to remain vigilant in following Provincial health recommendations and orders to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
The following measures, taken directly from the BC CDC website, should still be taken by community members to address the potential spread of the virus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection because soap actively destroys the surface of the virus.
- If soap and water are not available, alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them.
- Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough instead of your hands.
- Wear a mask. (Mask use should ensure it is done in a way that it is most effective. More information on mask use is available here: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/prevention-risks/maskshttp://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/prevention-risks/masks)
- Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.
- When outside of your home, practice physical distancing of two meters (six feet) away from one another
- Avoid crowded places
- Continue to restrict gatherings outside of your 'bubble' to less than six people, and this bubble may be smaller if you have people in your home at higher risk.
- Stay at home when you’re sick, even if symptoms are mild.
- Take care of your mental well-being by checking in with loved ones and practicing self-care
- For up to date health recommendations, and a self-assessment tool, go to the BC Centre for Disease Control website at: http://covid-19.bccdc.ca/.
By following the above recommendations, we can all do our part to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 in Prince Rupert and beyond.
In addition, although we are currently in Phase 3 of the Province's Restart Plan, which has loosened recommendations for restriction of travel within BC, the following Provincial/Federal directives remain in place with respect to travel:
- Travellers have been directed to respect the desires of indigenous communities who do not wish to have visitors.
- There is currently no Provincial or Federal Order restricting travel between Provinces, however travellers coming from another province or territory within Canada are expected to follow the same travel guidelines as everyone else in BC and travel safely and respectfully (see above precautionary measures).
- Travellers to and from the United States going to and from Alaska are permitted to enter British Columbia on the condition they proceed directly to their destination and self-isolate during any necessary overnight stops.
- Enforcing the US border closure and subsequent quarantine measures are the responsibility of the Canada Border Services Agency.
We thank you in advance for your attention to the above. Stay safe!