COVID 19 " CORONAVIRUS"
The risk of infection from COVID 19 is increasing in Vernon and the surrounding areas, this situation is changing rapidly.
This is a new on line self-assessment tool for COVID 19 from BC Ministry of Health. Please look at this first before calling the Vernon UPCC or 811. THE LINK IS HERE
If you think you may have the infection, please call Vernon Urgent and primary care Centre ( UPCC). The phone number is 250 541 1097. Hours are 16.00 to 20.00. Do not leave the house whilst waiting for a call back. They are exceptionally busy, so it may even be the next day before you get a call back, but you must self isolate meantime. Not everyone needs testing if symptoms are mild.
Alternatively, please call 811 for assessment and advice/instructions. 811 can arrange for testing if appropriate.
If you feel very unwell and you think you need assessment at the hospital, call 811 or 911 if you feel you need an ambulance BUT always remember to warn the operator why you are calling so appropriate arrangements can be made.
As of 12th March, the BC Government has announced that anyone travelling back to BC must self isolate for 2 weeks. This includes all snow birds.
If you need to speak to a doctor or need medication, phone in and we will arrange a telephone call or telemedicine call.
ALL PEOPLE WHO HAVE ANY UPPER OR LOWER RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS EG A COLD, EAR ACHE, CHESTY- ANYTHING- YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SELF ISOLATE FOR 2 WEEKS. We need to take these infections out of the community to make COVID 19 easier to spot and also because some of these in younger people may be COVID 19!
The Province has created a dedicated phone service to provide British Columbians non-medical information about COVID-19. This includes the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing, as well as access to support and resources from the provincial and federal governments.
Service representatives can be reached seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., by calling 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319). Information is available in more than 110 languages.
Up to date information from Interior Health can be found here
Further information from The BC Centre for Disease Control can be found here
Information from Healthlink BC can be found here