Creston, B.C., November 10, 2020: The Town of Creston's Emergency Operations Centre has confirmed that there are currently test positive cases of COVID-19 in the Creston Valley.
"Through contact tracing, the Emergency Operations Centre can confirm that there are one plus test positive cases of COVID-19 here in the Town of Creston", said Jared Riel, Emergency Operations Centre Director. “We are aware that Interior Health has done extensive contact tracing, and all contacts are now in self-isolation. If you display any symptoms of fatigue, fever, sore throat or cough, please arrange to get tested as soon as possible.”
Testing is available for anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19 like symptoms including fever, chills, cough or worsening of chronic cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting or muscle aches. While less common, symptoms can also include stuffy nose, conjunctivitis (pink eye), dizziness, confusion, abdominal pain and/or skin rashes or discolouration of fingers or toes. The BC Centre for Disease Control states that, “children have similar symptoms to adults, but are less likely to have fever, shortness of breath or cough”. To book a COVID-19 test in Creston, contact the Community Collection Centre at the Creston Valley Hospital online: https://interiorhealthcovid.secureform.ca/index.php or call 1-877-740-7747.
Self-assessment is the first step in determining whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. The BC COVID-19 self-assessment tool is available at https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en or through downloading the app. If you are uncertain if your symptoms are COVID-19 related or if you feel very sick, contact your family doctor or call 8-1-1.
“The confirmation of test-positive cases in Creston serves as a reminder that this virus is a reality, and now, more than ever, we need to ensure that we are all doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19”, said Mayor Ron Toyota. “This means staying home when we are not feeling well, washing our hands with soap and water often, maintaining physical distancing of 2m or 6 ft. with members outside of our households, and taking other preventative measures such as wearing a mask in public spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained."
“As a community, we are well known for being kind and caring”, he continued. “Let’s use the close-knit nature of Creston to continue to be supportive of one another, and take good care of ourselves and each other”.
For more information contact:
Marsha Neufeld, Emergency Operations Centre Information Team
Phone: 250-428-2214, ext. 120