Creston, BC – April 28, 2020: The flags at Town Hall are being flown at half-mast today for the National Day of Mourning. The National Day of Mourning is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, or suffered injury or illness on the job due to a work-related tragedy. Today, we encourage you to take a moment to honour those who have lost their lives, been injured, or fallen ill on the job.
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.