As COVID-19 rates have been surging across BC including in Island Health, we have been so grateful to see our community members adopting the recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and other Public Health officials to keep us all safe. Practicing hand hygiene, wearing masks, practicing physical distancing and shrinking our “social bubbles” are all essential actions in controlling the spread of COVID-19 and protecting us all. Thank you!
Doing this is not easy at times, and certainly the upcoming winter holidays will be one of the times when the restrictions necessary to control the virus will feel particularly painful. The PHO has been very clear and has issued province-wide restrictions because of the compelling need to control transmission of COVID-19: there are to be no gatherings of any size at your residence with anyone other than your current household and no travel other than travel which is essential for work or health reasons.
We love to connect at this time of year, to celebrate with family and friends, to travel, to gather for parties and celebrations. We welcome the coming of the light in darkness with traditional celebrations, whether that’s for Solstice, Hanukkah, or Christmas. This year must be different and that is hard. But if we know anything about Salt Spring and Salt Springers is that we’re creative and resilient. Share your ideas about what you’re doing to adapt.
We would like to remind you that it is important to get tested if you have symptoms, even if your symptoms are mild. Detecting infection early reduces the chance of spreading the virus to others. We have a testing site on Salt Spring and the feedback we have had is that it is simple and efficient. And for those of you who are worried about nasal swabs--good news--gargle tests are the new standard for everyone who can manage it!
If you think you need a test you can call the test booking centre at 1-844-901-8442.
For a reminder of what symptoms to watch for, please visit the Island Health information site.
Your physicians and other health care providers continue to provide care from the hospital and from our offices. Please reach out if you need care and know that we are here for you.