Tuesday, April 28, 2020 – 4:40pm
COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE #30 – CITY OF NELSON
Nelson Council Adopts 25 Point Economic Stimulus and Financial Stability Plan (Re-submitted from April 27)
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.
The key highlights of the financial stability plan include:
Last week the City announced the creation of a Business Outreach Program in partnership with the Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership (NAEDP), which includes the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures Central Kootenay. The aim of this program is to connect with all local businesses and non-profits to:
To date, the team has connected with over 300 businesses. They are also connecting with local non-profits. If your non-profit has not been in touch with the Business Outreach team, please forward your contact name, email and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Minister Says No Fixed Timeline Yet to Re-open BC Schools
At a provincial press conference this afternoon, Minister of Education Rob Fleming announced there was no date set for when BC schools would resume in-class learning. The province continues to learn from other jurisdictions where schools are re-opening. Minister Fleming said “Ministry staff is researching controlled return to in-class instruction and speaking to other jurisdictions to see how they are transitioning. At the end of the day, it’s the science and the data around how we are combating COVID-19 that will determine what we do.” He added, "We will return to regular school life down the road, and that return will be shorter and sooner if we keep following safety measures.”
To read the CBC story: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-schools-update-education-minister-rob-fleming-covid-19-1.5547878
Interior Health Update: Expanded Testing for People with SymptomsB.C.’s testing COVID-19 strategy has been expanded to include anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, however mild (although it is not recommended for people without symptoms). Testing is by appointment at any of the 14 sites across the health authority: 100 Mile House, Salmon Arm, Williams Lake, Nelson, Trail, Cranbrook, Vernon, Kelowna, Kamloops, Penticton, Revelstoke, Sparwood, Grand Forks, and Golden. To get tested, call your primary care provider or the Nelson Testing Centre at (250) 551-7500. To read the full media release: https://www.interiorhealth.ca/AboutUs/MediaCentre/NewsReleases/Documents/PSA_COVID19_ExpandedTesting_27April2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2xNcDGUweIVh1ycCMtGULTaUPYAxNk0PYzsHJysNeq6TkhVOm_Rgx092A
Federal Health Official Provides Modelling; Numbers Improving, but Still a Marathon
At a news briefing this morning, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, unveiled updated federal modelling data which shows caseload growth is slowing across the country. While the number of new cases was previously doubling every three days, it is now doubling every 16 days, which means the rate of infection is slowing. She also highlighted the regional differences that exist. While cases have levelled off in several provinces, the epidemic’s growth is currently being driven by Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. Dr. Tam cautioned that in order to stay on course, Canadians must continue physical distancing, contact tracing and quarantine measures. She said, "We all understand that if the virus accelerates again, that would be a massive setback to the gains that we’ve already had. So we’ve got to keep going at it. This is absolutely still a marathon."
To view the modelling slideshow: http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/6879190/MODELLING-DECK-APRIL-28-732-FINAL-En.pdf
COVID-19 Case Statistics:
Which businesses are open in Nelson?
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
HealthLinkBC - 811 or www.healthlinkbc.ca
For seniors looking for additional support at this time, call 211 or visit:
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.