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Keeping close during social distancing

We are monitoring the shifting COVID-19 situation closely and are watching for regular updates from Island Health, the BC Ministry of Health, Government of Canada and the World Health Organization.

We are a community.

Now that social distancing has been advised whenever possible to minimize the spread of the virus, many people will be spending more time alone in self-isolation, telecommuting, and choosing to stay away from large gatherings and public places.  

This could lead to feelings of disconnection and loneliness. It's important to remember that we are a community and we are in this together. Here are some tips to stay in touch with your family and friends while keeping yourself and others safe:

  • Have a phone date with your friends.
  • Use Skype or Zoom to check-in with family.
  • Send messages of support through social media.
  • Check in over text.
  • Get some fresh air and invite a neighbour along. Getting outside is still safe and encouraged if you are symptom-free.
  • Make a game of having coffee with your neighbour over the fence.
  • Sports like tennis and playing catch are great options to be active and at a distance.

Keep in mind those friends and neighbours how may be particularly impacted by isolation or lack of resources. Now is a good time to start a contact phone list in your community of folks that need extra support. Consider starting a Facebook group to share information and resources.

Feeling connected is vital to our well being. Reach out and let people know you’re thinking about them.

Please get your information from factual, reputable sources.

“Avoid crowded places, especially if you are over 60 or have an underlying health condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart and lung diseases or cancer. Maintain at least 1 metre of distance between yourself and anyone who has a fever or cough.”

Full list of ways to reduce the risk here:
https://medium.com/…/seven-simple-steps-to-protect-yourself…

Local agencies with up to the moment information:

Health link – multiple languages available

bc211

We’ll continue to provide updates as this situation develops.