Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a new illness that has spread throughout the world and now been declared a pandemic. Information about the situation is changing all the time. For the latest reliable information, look at the BC Centre for Disease Control
(BCCDC) website: www.bccdc.ca
We are still learning about COVID-19. Some people who have it do not feel sick at all but others can become seriously ill. Most people with COVID-19 fully recover without the need for special medical help, but older people or people with health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and lung disease are more likely to become ill. We are taking steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to patients, visitors and staff at all our sites.
The most common symptoms include:
- A high temperature
- A new cough
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle aches
- Feeling more tired than usual
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
To keep patients, families and staff safe, we are strictly limiting the number of visitors at the moment. Only visits that staff say are essential will be allowed. We understand that this may be difficult and thank you for your understanding.
If an in-person visit is allowed by staff, you will be screened for COVID-19. You might be asked questions about recent travel outside of Canada, symptoms of COVID-19 that you may have, or if you have had contact with a person who has COVID-19 or might have COVID-19.
You will also be asked to be extra careful during your visit. This may include being asked to meet in a separate room, limiting the number of personal items you bring with you or wearing a mask.
We recommend that you connect with your friends, family and loved ones through phones and technology for the moment. Staff will be able to help you with teleconferencing or videoconferencing where possible.
To help limit the number of people in our buildings, we ask that people not send gifts or other items at the moment.
You can take these simple, everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer, especially after being in shared spaces and before eating.
- Sneeze and cough into your elbow, not your hand.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Stay over two metres away from others and do not hug or shake hands. This is known as social distancing and helps prevent germs being passed from person to person.
In addition to limiting visitors, we are taking many steps to keep you or your loved one safe at this time, including:
- Staff are washing or sanitizing their hands frequently.
- We’re cleaning shared spaces very often and very carefully.
- Staff are safely disposing of items like gloves and masks to keep rooms and clothing free from germs.
- We are limiting the number and size of gatherings and outings. If a group or outing goes ahead, the size will be decreased to ensure there is a space two metres between patients to prevent the spread of germs.