COVID-19 Information & Updates

COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis Information

BC's Restart Plan

Source: Government of British Columbia

BC’s Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.

COVID-19 BC Support App

The BC COVID-19 Support App is a partnership between the B.C. Ministry of Health and Thrive Health. This app is a central resource for accessing personalized, trusted, evidence-based information about the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates will be made as Provincial guidelines evolve to ensure that you can access the most up-to-date recommendations.

What’s New at the Okanagan Regional Library?

Review news about the Okanagan Regional Library, including updates about the library’s response and activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facts About COVID-19

Financial Supports

Public Orders and Notices

Mental Health and Well-Being

Talking to Children About COVID-19

Education During School Interruption

Travel


Facts About COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Source: HealthLinkBC

This site offers a good summary of information regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus, including information in the following languages:

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Source: BC Centre for Disease Control

BC Centre for Disease Control is the agency that is leading BC’s response to this new outbreak of respiratory infections, now known as COVID-19.

COVID-19: Accessible Information

Source: National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)

This is a page of alternative accessible formats of the charts and graphics that news sites, public health agencies, universities and other organizations are using to explain COVID-19 data in easy to understand ways. NNELS created these accessible versions so people with print disabilities or individuals with slower internet connections could access the same data.  The alternate accessible formats include text descriptions and sonifications (audio versions of graphs).

Latest Case Counts on Novel Coronavirus

Source: BC Centre for Disease Control

Up-to-date case counts for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s website.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Advice for the Public: Mythbusters

Source: World Health Organization

The WHO has a good list of myth busters and easy ways to share their graphics.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Be Prepared

Source: Government of Canada

The Government of Canada has prepared ways for Canadians (individuals, communities, schools & daycares, and workplaces) to be prepared for this or any other emergency that may occur. It is important to be prepared at the individual and community level for all possible scenarios.

Access to Oxford University Press resources on COVID-19, other coronaviruses, and related topics

Source: Oxford University Press

As part of their response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the world, Oxford University Press has made content from online resources and leading journals freely accessible to assist researchers, medical professionals, policy makers, and others who are working to address this health crisis.


Public Orders and Notices

Orders and Notices from the Public Health Officer of British Columbia

Source: Province of British Columbia

These are the full texts of Orders from the Public Health Officer of British Columbia regarding restrictions on work and social activities for sectors including night clubs, food and drink services, care home workers, mass gatherings and travelers. Important guidance pages are available to instruct social organizations and businesses in how to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

Orders:
  • Vending Merchandise at Markets – May 28, 2020 (PDF, 233KB)
  • Mass Gatherings – May 22, 2020 (PDF, 191KB)
  •  Food Service Establishments and Liquor Services - May 22, 2020 (PDF, 264KB)
  • Food Service Establishments and Liquor Services - May 15, 2020 (PDF, 260KB)
  • Cancellation Personal Services Order - May 14, 2020 (PDF, 73KB)
  • Workplace Safety Plans - May 14, 2020 (PDF, 188KB)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse Swabbing - May 7, 2020 (PDF, 172KB)
  • Industrial Camps – April 23, 2020 (PDF, 307KB)
  • Delegation: Industrial Camps – April 23, 2020 (PDF, 213KB)
  • Vending Merchandise at Markets – April 16, 2020 (PDF, 233KB)
  • Personal Services –April 16, 2020 (PDF, 176KB)
  • Long-Term Care Facility Staff Assignment – April 15, 2020 (PDF, 274KB)
  • Travellers and Employers – April 14, 2020 (PDF, 365KB)
  • Delegation: Travellers – April 14, 2020 (PDF, 255KB)
  • Health Care Labour Adjustment (COVID-19) – April 10, 2020 (PDF, 695KB)
  • Facility Staff Assignment – April 10, 2020 (PDF, 245KB)
  • Movement Limitation of Long Term Care Facility Staff – March 27, 2020 (PDF, 222KB)
  • Information Collection from Long Term Care Facility Staff – March 26, 2020 (PDF, 214KB)
  • Federal Quarantine Order – March 24, 2020 (PDF, 428KB)
  • Public Health Agency of Canada Essential Services – March 25, 2020 (PDF, 1.1MB)
  • Owners and Operators of Nightclubs and Food and Drink Service – March 20, 2020 (PDF, 242KB)
  • Travellers – March 17, 2020 (PDF, 122KB)
  • Mass Gatherings – March 16, 2020 (PDF, 197KB)
  • Guidance


    Mental Health and Well-Being

    Find Help Now - CMHA Kelowna

    If you are in an emergency or crisis

    • Call 911, go to the nearest emergency room or follow the emergency instructions provided by your doctor, mental health professional or care team. If your community has a mental health car, you can call 911 to request it.
    • Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) to get help right away, any time of day or night. It’s a free call.
    • Interior Crisis Line: call 1-888-353-2273 24 hours a day to connect to a BC crisis line, without a wait or busy signal. The crisis line operators have received advanced training in mental health issues and services by members of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.
    • 310Mental Health, 310-6789 for emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health.
    • Community Response Team (CRT): 250-212-8533 Operates 11:30am-9:00pm seven days a week.
    • Kid’s Help Phone: for children and youth aged 5 to 20. Call 1-800-668-6868 to speak to a professional counsellor or text 686868, 24 hours a day. It’s free, confidential, anonymous and available across Canada. They can also refer you to local services and resources. Kid’s Help Phone is available in English and French.

    Town Hall Series: Uncertainty During COVID-19 – Thursday, May 7, 14, 21

    Source: Anxiety Canada

    For the next few weeks, every Thursday from May 7th to 21st at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT, join a panel of experts and host, Corey Hirsch. They’ll discuss uncertainty during COVID-19, how to deal with it, and give clarity on healthy and unhealthy coping during this pandemic. You’ll also get the chance to get your questions answered by the experts. 

    Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support

    Source: Government of Canada, plus partner organizations.

    Wellness Together Canada provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed. Educational resources and immediate support crisis lines are available without creating an account. Other mental health services require registration.

    Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Source: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

    This site offers professional advice on managing mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak, including reducing anxiety and depression, and helping others with their mental health challenges.

    COVID-19 and Anxiety

    Source: Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division

    Review this helpful advice for coping with anxiety, self-assessment, and helping others.

    Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety & Depression

    Source: Province of British Columbia           

    This site offers things we can do as individuals and collectively to deal with stress and support one another during these challenging times.


    Talking to Children About COVID-19

    Coronavirus: A book for children.

    Written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

    Source: Candlewick Press

    This informative and accessible guide for young readers defines the coronavirus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help. With child-appropriate answers and explanations, the book addresses several key questions.

    Staying Home

    Written by Sally Nicholls and Vivian Schwarz.

    Source: Andersen Press

    This is a gentle story for ages 4-10, explaining what the coronavirus is, how to stay safe, and dealing with social isolation as a family.

    Kidcasts: Coronavirus

    Source: Listen Notes Search Engine

    Share this collection of science-themed podcasts related to coronavirus with children ages 5 to 12. Includes podcasts from the Fun Kids Science Weekly, Curious Kid Podcast, The Show About Science, Brains On, Tumble Science Podcast for Kids, and YPR: But Why.

    Kids Help Phone

    Source: Kids Help Phone

    “Kids Help Phone is always there for you. No matter what you want to talk about, we’re here to listen. No judgment, totally private, 24/7.” This site provides support for kids on issues that concern them, through phone, text, chat and web-based text and links to community resources. There is also support information for kids concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak.

    The Ultimate Kids’ Guide to the New Coronavirus

    Source: LiveScience.com

    Children may be anxious and curious about the new coronavirus. This site explains to them what viruses are, how they function in the body, and their physical and social effects.

    Information and Resources [for Children with Autism] - COVID-19

    Source: Autism Speaks Canada

    Learn how to talk about COVID-19 with your child with autism, and how to handle school closures and services.


    Education During School Interruption

    Keep Learning

    Source: Open School BC

    "This site offers a collection of resources to help support learning while families are home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of in-class instruction. Please note that it will be updated frequently as we identify more resources and new information to share."

    Kids and Teens

    Source: Okanagan Regional Library

    Explore the many free online educational resources provided by the Okanagan Regional Library. Includes digital books for babies and toddlers, kids, teens, and young people with diversabilites.

    Homeschooling Help

    Source: Okanagan Regional Library

    Use this page to find links to free external educational websites.

    NEW! ORL YouTube Channel

    Source: Okanagan Regional Library

    ORL is now producing videos of children's story book readings, science and technology activities, oral stories, and songs and rhymes. Come watch them, then subscribe!


    Financial Supports

    Canada Emergency Response Benefit

    Source: Government of Canada

    If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

    Financial Supports - BC

    Source: Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale

    Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver – Lonsdale, has created a practical summary of financial supports that are available to support BC’s people and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Topics include: Housing; Personal Income; Income Supplements; Cost Reductions and Deferrals for People; Business Support, including by sector; and, Funding for Charities. Includes links to the related government information sites.

    COVID-19 Canadian Aid and Benefits Information

    Source: AidGuide.ca

    Find-out who to call for information about financial support and benefits from the Government of Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. This site also provides answers to common questions related to those caring for sick relatives, layoffs, child care, paying rent and self-employment.

    Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

    Source: Government of Canada

    Read about the federal government measures to provide support to Canadian individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, including: families, the sick and quarantined, people facing unemployment, Indigenous communities, seniors, students and farmers.

    Provincial Support and Information - COVID-19

    Source: Government of British Columbia

    Review the Government of British Columbia’s measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including: child care, education, employment and finances, businesses, housing and monthly bills, transportation, health care, travel and tourism, and reduced services.

    Small Business Help Centre - COVID-19

    Source: Canadian Federation of Independent Business

    Get helpful information on how to protect your business during the COVID-19 outbreak. Topics include: business continuity, EI and employee income, employee management, fraud and business security, health and safety, and employee travel. This site features links to free templates, provincial and federal relief measures, and public health authorities.

    Support for Students and Recent Graduates Impacted by COVID-19

    Source: Government of Canada

    The government has announced a series of measures as part of its COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan to help Canadian students and recent graduates. Programs include support for student employment, loans and grants for studies, emergency financial benefits, and changes to work rules for International Students.

    Legal Questions and Answers on COVID-19

    Source: Justice Education Society – LegalHelpBC

    The COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing and creating many law related questions. LegalHelpBC.ca provides up-to-date answers to legal questions for British Columbians.


    Travel

    Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel Advice

    Source: Government of Canada

    This is the Government of Canada’s site for helping travellers assess their risks, find travel health notices, travel safely, register during travel, and advising on what to do upon returning to Canada.

    COVID-19: Accessible Information is a page of alternative accessible formats of the charts and graphics that news sites, public health agencies, universities and other organizations are using to explain COVID-19 data in easy to understand ways. NNELS created these accessible versions so people with print disabilities or individuals with slower internet connections could access the same data.  The alternate accessible formats include text descriptions and sonifications (audio versions of graphs).
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