As of 12 p.m. on April 4, there were 1,203 identified cases in B.C. This includes:
• 704 people declared recovered and released from isolation
• 554 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
• 424 cases in Fraser Health
• 128 cases in Interior Health
• 76 cases in Island Health
• 21 cases in Northern Health
• 38 deaths
• 48,508 tests completed.
Mother Nature certainly has had her fun with us this weekend. But as I sit and sip coffee from the comfort of my home I am reminded that we truly have much to be grateful for. As a health care worker in our community I am so grateful for all the people who are doing their part by staying home. I am also grateful for my many co-workers, B.C. ambulance, nurses, lab technicians, radiology technicians, support staff, administration, and our unsung heroes, the house keeping staff. All these people are putting in long days to make our world a better place. They are there to assist me in my duties, but more importantly, they are there to help you in your time of need.
As I contemplate my gratitude list, it seems to grow and grow: our grocery store staff, the truckers who bring us food, the retail workers at essential stores, our pharmacists and their staff, our firefighters and our police. Some of these folks entered their professions knowing that they would be taking risks for sure but most did not. I think I can safely say that none of them ever thought to be facing the risk that they now endure daily and yet they have all stepped up to meet the challenge.
Then there is the uniquely Canadian phenomenon of # caremongering. Before I saw this in the national media Creston had already taken on this challenge in true small town style. Our restaurants are offering take out meals for those of us who need sustenance and many neighbours and friends have banded together to shop and care for those more vulnerable than themselves. There is even a facebook group, Creston Community Support, where people can post if they have a need and others can volunteer their surplus or services. Way to go Creston!
I am even grateful for technology. Zoom has allowed me to stay connected with friends and family even while I am staying safe at home. Please, everyone, remember those who are not as fortunate, those who face housing insecurity or food insecurity, those who do not have ready access to technology to keep them connected to those they care about. Every time you think about how hard it is to stay isolated, think of them. If you are up to the challenge, think of ways you could reach out to those who are struggling. Perhaps an anonymous care package or just a quick phone call to check in? Anything to let them know they are not forgotten.
Thank you for all you are doing to help contain COVID -19 and please forgive me if I have left anyone off my gratitude list who deserves to be there.
Dr. Tara Guthrie
On behalf of the Creston Valley Physicians and Medical Staff