COVID – 19 Update

March 16, 2020

As you are all aware, the situation across Canada regarding COVID – 19 is changing very rapidly. The City of Kimberley is working hard to ensure the safety of its employees and residents.

Following recommendations of the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and the Ministry of Health, we aim to increase social distancing in Kimberley. As of today, Monday, March 16th, 2020, the Kimberley Aquatic Centre has suspended all programming including lessons, aquafit classes, and spring break camps. The steam room and hot tub are closed. The pool remains open for swimming at this time. The swim schedule can be found at www.kimberley.ca - follow the link to the Aquatic Centre. We will continue to keep the public informed with further developments as they become available.

While City Hall remains open, we ask that if you are experiencing symptoms of flu or infection to refrain from visiting the building. Please call 250-427-5311 or email info@kimberley.ca and staff will assist you. You may also use online services found at https://kimberley.ca/services/online. If you are unsure how to use online services, please call the number above and staff will help you.

The most important thing you can do to prevent infection is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.

To help reduce your risk of infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection.
  • If a sink is not available, alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them.
  • Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.
  • British Columbians are strongly advised against all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including to the US.

Persons returning from foreign travel, effective immediately, will be asked to self-isolate and remain away from school or work for 14 days upon return.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please see the following websites:

BC Centre for Disease Control:   http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

Ministry of Health: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/...

Pay attention to your health and how you are feeling. You can call 8-1-1 anytime to talk to a nurse at HealthLinkBC and get advice about how you are feeling and what to do next. 8-1-1 has translation services in 130 languages.