Monday, April 27, 2020 – 4:00pm
COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE #29 – CITY OF NELSON
Council Adopts 25 Point Economic Stimulus and Financial Stability Plan
At a special Council meeting held Thursday, April 23, Mayor and Council adopted a 25 point Economic Stimulus and Financial Stability Plan. The plan is in response to a revenue shortfall of up to $1,600,000 for 2020. In developing the plan, Council worked with the Chief Financial Officer and City departments to identify areas where expenditures could be reduced without compromising essential services.
Dr. Bonnie Henry: We will have a made-in-B.C. plan for re-opening the province.
At today’s Provincial daily update, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that plans to begin re-opening the province would be coming soon. “We are getting close to that time where we can start to open up,” she announced. She cautioned that we must proceed carefully: “We cannot allow hot spots to flare up and to affect our communities.”
Applications Open Today for $73-billion Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program.
Are you eligible? https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy/cews-how-apply.html
CEWS Calculator Tool: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy/cews-calculate-subsidy-amount.html
To read the full media release: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/news/2020/04/government-of-canada-launches-applications-for-the-canada-emergency-wage-subsidy.html
BC’s Seniors Advocate Announces Additional Funds to Help Seniors and Caregivers. Isobel Mackenzie, British Columbia’s senior’s advocate, has announced that $500,000 in funding will go to the Family Caregivers of British Columbia, a non-profit that provides support to seniors and caregivers. This funding will allow Family Caregivers of BC to enhance services during the COVID-19 pandemic so that caregivers get the increased support they need to help seniors remain at home, such as expanded toll-free support line hours, emotional supports and health-care navigation.
To read the full media release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0141-000763?fbclid=IwAR3KvNQai0SK5AEvX-YJeXMi9CC7qNmsHxgYV20hZlrJ2hpJatAcLdIAeHU
The BC Government has provided the following information today:
COVID-19 Case Statistics: (Regional case numbers not provided today)
Which businesses are open in Nelson?
BC Government Resources List for Support and Information during COVID-19
Supports for Businesses in BC: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/employment-business-and-economic-development/business-management/small-business/covid-19_small_business_supports.pdf
Wellness Together Canada https://ca.portal.gs/
Anxiety Canada https://www.anxietycanada.com/
BounceBack BC https://bouncebackbc.ca/
Here2Talk for Post-Secondary Students https://here2talk.ca/home
Psychological First Aid – Over 19+ https://www.psychologists.bc.ca/covid-19-resources
Crisis Line Association of BC – 1-800 suicide (1 800 784-2433) - 24/7www.crisiscentre.bc.ca - 24/7 - crisis and suicide interventionMental Health and Information Support Line - 310-6789 (no area code required)Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868www.kidshelphone.ca or text connect to 686868 - 24/7Helpline for Children - 310-1234 (no area code required)
www.youthinbc.com - 24/7VictimlinkBC – 1-800-563-0808 - 24/7information, referrals. Immediate crisis support
Interior Crisis Line Network – 1-888-353-2273 - 24/7Nelson Transition House – (250) 354-435724/7 - Specifically for women leaving or struggling in, an abusive relationship.
To help provide important information to our community, the City of Nelson has developed a dedicated webpage nelson.ca/covid19 that will be updated frequently as new information becomes available. Please sign-up for ‘City News’ on NotifyMe to receive automatic updates from the City via text or email.
The City of Nelson relies on Interior Health, BC Public Health, and the Federal Government for information related to the virus itself. If you believe you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your physician, or call the COVID-19 telephone line at 1-888-COVID19, to be assessed or call the testing clinic hotline at (250) 551-7500 to be triaged for testing. Symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing, fever, sore throat, and difficulty breathing. These symptoms may not present themselves for up to 14 days, but you may be a carrier of the virus; therefore it is important to follow the guidelines set out by the health experts.
To check your symptoms or get updates from the BC Government you can download the BC COVID-19 App or visit this website
We thank you for doing your part to help maintain a safe and healthy community and for understanding the importance of this evolving situation.
Information from the BC Center for Disease Control on COVID-19
Ginger Lester, EOC Information Officer firstname.lastname@example.org