Mayor's Update: March 10, 2020
Mar 10, 2020
Given the increase in confirmed Coronavirus cases in British Columbia, and particularly here on the North Shore, I want to provide everyone with the latest information. While health authorities advise us that the public health risk associated with COVID-19 remains low for British Columbians, the District of West Vancouver has begun implementing precautionary measures. These do not indicate any additional risk in our community.
On behalf of Council, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family of the North Shore resident who passed away March 8 in Lynn Valley. Residents of our care facilities are our most vulnerable residents, and this loss is felt by all of us.
It is important to know the facts. The District has posted information to our website to provide residents with quick access to updated health bulletins.
The most important things each of us can do are:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Wash your hands
- Avoid touching your face
If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who does, call Health Link BC at 8-1-1 immediately. They will interview you and provide direction.
If you return home from Hubei Province in China, or Iran, Public Health Canada currently (as of March 9) recommends that you self isolate (stay home) for 14 days.
If you return home from other parts of China (other than Hubei Province), Northern Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore or South Korea, it is recommended that for 14 days you monitor your health for fever, cough and difficulty breathing and avoid places where you cannot easily separate yourselves from others if you become ill. If you develop those symptoms within 14 days, self-isolate immediately and call 8-1-1.
A staff team is working with North Shore Emergency Management, our health partners and other municipalities to stay up-to-date on necessary actions for the protection of our residents and staff. We have posted signage informing people of the travel advisories I just mentioned. We are also developing business continuity plans specific to COVID-19.
We have implemented additional cleaning in our public facilities, including the community centres, Seniors’ Activity Centre, Ice Arena and Municipal Hall.
The organizers of Nowruz and the Seniors’ Activity Centre Flea Market have chosen to cancel their events.
We know that the majority of people who get sick with COVID-19 have relatively mild symptoms, but we all have a responsibility to prevent its spread and protect the vulnerable members of our community—the elderly and those individuals with compromised immune systems.
So, although I know this sounds deceptively simple, please
- wash your hands
- avoid touching your face
- and stay home if you are sick.
Mayor Mary-Ann Booth