COVID-19 | Past Updates

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April 29, 2020 Updates:

  • Provincial State of Emergency Extended: British Columbia’s state of emergency has been extended for an additional two weeks, through to the end of the day on May 12, 2020. This state of emergency will continue to support the measures taken by the Province under the Emergency Program Act to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 28, 2020 Updates: 

  • Industrial Camp Order: The Provincial Health Officer issued an Order to Persons who Employ Workers in the Agricultural, Aquacultural, Forestry and Resource Sectors and/or Who Provide Accommodation for them in an Industrial Camp or other Congregate Setting Including a Motel, Hotel, or Tents. This Order provides direction to the Agricultural Sector, outlining mandatory actions that these employers will need to implement in an effort to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 in the workplace. Actions include, but are not limited to:
    • developing a COVID-19 Prevention and Control protocol,
    • maintaining high levels for accommodation, worksite and hygiene conditions
    • provide for a rapid response if a worker develops symptoms of COVID-19
    • appointing a coordinator to act as a liaison between the employer and the Regional health officer.
    • For information on the Ministry of Agriculture’s response to COVID-19 visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/covid-19-response
  •  COVID-19 Testing Strategy Expanded: B.C.’s COVID-19 testing strategy has been expanded to include anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, regardless of how mild. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. However, not everyone needs to be tested. Interior Health notes that COVID-19 testing is not recommended for individuals without symptoms. To learn how to book an appointment for a COVID-19 test and for a complete list of testing centres in the Interior Health Region please visit: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/testing-information/ If you have questions or feel that you may need to be tested, contact your family doctor or phone HealthLink BC 811.

April 27, 2020 Updates:

  • Creston Valley Farmers’ Market Opens May 2, 2020: The CVFM, in consultation with the Town of Creston, has been working hard to adapt to the new Provincial requirements. The Market will open with 11 food vendors that meet the criteria outlined by the PHO. Each vendor will be spaced to maintain physical distance from each other. Foot traffic into and out of the market will be monitored, hand wash stations will be available for public use, and no personal bags or containers will be permitted.  
  • REMINDER: Online engagement tool for Columbia Basin Trust CIP/AAP grants: Public engagement is an integral part of the Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Program Funding (CIP/AAP) process. Normally, public input into the grant awards would be received at community meetings held throughout the region every April. Due to the current restrictions on public gatherings, staff from the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) have worked closely with Columbia Basin Trust to develop an online engagement tool to ensure the grant process moves forward. This tool will allow the public to give their feedback on proposed projects for the area in which they live.
  • Please note that the online engagement tool is not a voting system, but a way for the public to provide their feedback on projects they feel are most important to the area they live in. Once collected, all feedback will be shared with each area’s adjudication committee for their review and consideration.
  • The public engagement period takes place May 1, 2020 at 8:00 am to May 11, 2020 at 4:30 pm. 
  • To participate in the public engagement process, please visit the RDCK website at http://rdck.ca/cip-aap after May 1.  
  • View press release on the RDCK website

April 21, 2020 Updates:

  • Taking Care of Yourself and Others:  The BC Centre for Disease Control released a COVID-19 Guide “Be Prepared, Be Well: How to care for yourself and others.” This guide offers advice on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19, how to prepare for illness at home, how to care for yourself or family members who may become ill with COVID-19. Additionally, it outlines available mental health resources and tips to help you prepare for self-isolation. It is well worth the read and can be accessed at: http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID-19-Care-for-yourself-others.pdf 

April 20, 2020 Updates:

  • Valley Community Services Offering Emotional Support: It is normal to feel stress, irritability, and anxiety during this time. If these feelings are affecting your ability to manage day to day, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Valley Community Services (VCS) can be reached at 250 428-5547 between 9 am and 12 pm Monday to Thursday. 
  • School District 8 Broadens Program Offering Onsite Education: SD8 has broadened its program offering on-site education for the children of essential services workers. The program has now been expanded to include children of firefighters, police officers, grocery store workers, truck drivers, and utilities workers from frontline medical and health care essential workers only.  Parents interested in learning more should contact their school’s principal. Contact information is available at: https://www.sd8.bc.ca/sites/default/files/Contact%20List.pdf
  • Kearl Lake Order: With seven positive tests for COVID-19 traced to people in B.C. who have returned from the Kearl Lake oil sands project in northern Alberta, the B.C. government has issued an order of self-isolation for anyone who has returned to B.C. from that mine and processing plant. “Right now I am ordering anybody who has been in the Kearl Lake project since March 15 and has returned to British Columbia that they must self-isolate for 14 days after their return,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry today (April 20, 2020). “For many people, this will mean that their return was over 14 days ago. If they had symptoms during that time, or if they continue to have symptoms, we want you to connect with 8-1-1.”



April 16, 2020 Update: 

  • Town of Creston Council Meetings:   During the COVID-19 pandemic, Council meetings will be held virtually and follow a modified meeting schedule (indicated below). Please note, that the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General passed a Ministerial Order regarding Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (Ministerial Order No. M083). This Order suspends the requirement to allow members of the public to attend an open meeting of Council or body while the provincial state of emergency is in effect. The Town of Creston recognizes that public participation in local governance is an integral part of providing good government. While public participation is currently limited by technological capacity and circumstance, all Council agenda packages will continue to be posted on the Town of Creston website prior to the scheduled Council Meetings and the minutes will be available upon adoption.  Any agenda items that require public consultation and input to move forward (e.g., development variance permits, amendments to the Official Community Plan or zoning bylaws) are on hold.
    • Regular Committee of the Whole – April 21, 2020
    • Regular Council Meeting – May 12, 2020 (pending rescinding Order No. M083)
  • BC Wildfire Service Burn Ban: Effective noon on Thursday April 16, 2020, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout British Columbia to reduce the likelihood of human caused wildfires, although campfires will still be allowed. These open burning prohibitions will reduce the demands on firefighting resources and help protect the health and safety of the public. They will also help reduce the impact of wildfire smoke on air quality and public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information read the B.C Wildfire Service information bulletin.

April 15, 2020 Update: 

  • Town of Creston Parks: A reminder that the Town of Creston parks are closed to bookings and gatherings; however, they remain open for general public use. Please note that the public washrooms, playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment that are owned by the Town are all closed.  We ask that everyone practice social distancing by maintaining a physical distance of two metres, and continue to follow the recommendations of our Provincial and Federal Medical Health Authorities.

April 7 Update: 

  • Take Care of your Mental Health: While we focus on measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is important to ensure that we are also monitoring and caring for our mental health. The Town of Creston has updated our COVID-19 information page to include links to free mental health resources: http://www.creston.ca/2415/COVID-19-Mental-Health.

April 6 Update: 

  • Changes to Medical First Responder Services: British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) is working to reduce the risk of front line worker exposure to COVID-19 and minimize the use of personal protective equipment.  As such, firefighters will not be dispatched to calls for influenza like illnesses.  Creston Fire Rescue will continued to be dispatched to the most severe medical calls and where an ambulance may be delayed. Firefighters in the Creston Valley are dedicated to serving the residents during this time and will be there when needed. 
  • Support for Small Business: Over the last number of weeks, the federal and provincial governments along with private sector and not-for profit organizations have announced COVID-19 focused business supports. For information please visit: https://www.creston.ca/2410/COVID-19-Business-Information

April 2 Update:

  • The Canada Emergency Relief Benefit Website is Live: The Canada Emergency Response Benefit provides temporary income support to workers who have stopped working and are without employment or self-employment income for reasons related to COVID-19. The Benefit is paid in blocks of four weeks in the amount of $2,000, which is equivalent to $500 per week for a maximum of 16 weeks. Applications will be accepted starting on April 6, 2020. To help manage applications the Canada Revenue Agency has set up specific days for you to apply, organized by birth month. For more information please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html
  • Childcare Support:  A new Provincial process was announced on March 31, 2020 to support parents who are essential service workers during the response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This process will match parents, who are working on the front lines of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, with child care in their area. This applies for children up to five years of age. Forms can be accessed by calling 1 888 338-6622 and selecting Option 4, or online: www.gov.bc.ca/essential-service-child-care

April 1 Update: 

  • Hearts for Heroes: In all of the COVID-19 uncertainty, one thing has proven to be true: there are many heroes among us. “Hearts for Heroes” invites you to celebrate the essential workers, emergent volunteers and all of the individuals who have been working tirelessly throughout this crisis. Be bright, bold and use what you have to create a display of hearts.  If you have a specific hero or heroes, make a heart for them, write their name on the heart, and place it in your window to brighten their day. Feel free to put up as many hearts as you need to show your gratitude, care and respect for those serving our community. Lastly, please send pictures of your displays to info@creston.ca or tag the Town of Creston on Facebook.

March 31 Update:

  • The Town of Creston understands that not everyone in our community has access to or uses the internet. To support those individuals we have launched a COVID-19 information line. This line provides daily updates, contact information for community resources, and other messages for residents of the Creston Valley. Over the last week, we have been working on improving our system to better serve you.  Please share our number (250) 428-8658 with those that need it.

March 30 Update:

  • During the COVID-19 crisis, it is very important to minimize visits to and through the Emergency Department. Creston residents who do not have a family physician, who have needs for non-urgent chronic followup or prescription refill can call 1.855.411.1630

March 26 Updates: 

  • The Town of Creston’s Emergency Operation Centre has activated an advanced planning team to prepare for what the community may need in the future. 
  • Open Burning is Banned in Creston Valley until April 15, 2020. The Regional District of Central Kootenay operated Landfill on Mallory Road will be accepting yard and garden waste for free during the month of April. The Town will also be doing our regular curbside pickup April 14-16, 2020.
  • Cooking fires are allowed as per our Town of Creston Fire Services Bylaw 1774, Schedule A (page 31). Click here for details.

March 24 Updates:

  • The Creston & District Community Center skatepark and sports court are now closed.
  • Town Of Creston Staff are sanitizing high touch areas in Town; including, but not limited to bench arm rests, stair railings, crosswalk buttons and bus stops twice daily. A mild bleach solution, safe for the public and staff, is being used. 
  • All Travellers are reminded to follow the Provincial Medical Health Officer’s Order to Self Isolate upon return to Canada. 

March 23 Updates:

  • The Town of Creston has launched a COVID-19 Information Line (250) 428-8658 for those who don’t have access to our web updates. Please make sure to share it with those who need it. We will be updating the message daily.
  • Town of Creston playgrounds and exercise equipment are now closed to the public
  • Message to anyone who attended the March 12-15 Kamloops Sportsman Bonspiel. An individual who attended has tested positive for COVID-19. Anyone who attended this Bonspiel must self-isolate.
  • All personal service businesses (hair salons, massage, tattoos etc.) are required to close.
  • RDCK Landfill is no longer accepting organic waste, wood, or metal. Only regular household waste may be dropped off. No fees are being charged at this time.

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