COVID-19 INFORMATION

March 17, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19:

Last updated: March 31, 2020

Every day there is more information coming to light about the need to act, both individually and collectively, to give ourselves the best chance at managing the threat that the COVID-19 virus presents. That’s why, as your Member of Parliament, I am committed to providing you with frequent updates as the situation evolves and as new information becomes available. By taking appropriate actions now we give ourselves the best chance of being able to manage the impacts of the virus on Canadians. Please take the appropriate precautions and always follow the advice of public health officials as you make decisions for yourself and your loved ones during the coming weeks.

The main two web links are the following:

http://www.canada.ca/coronavirus

http://www2.gov.bc.ca

Urgent Travel Update:

Announced by the Government of Canada on Monday March 16, 2020
(Changes to be in effect on March 18, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. EDT)

• Canada will deny entry to those who aren’t Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or U.S. citizens. Exceptions made for diplomats, air crews, and immediate family members of Canadian citizens.
• Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms will not be able to board a flight into Canada.
• Non-domestic flights will be restricted to four international airports located in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal.
Specific details and links to follow

To learn more, visit:

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/16/prime-minister-announces-new-actions-under-canadas-covid-19-response

https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices#risklevels

 

If I have to stay home from work, will I get EI payments?

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/canadas-reponse/government-canada-takes-action-covid-19.html#a4

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html

 

Where can I get the most up to date information on the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

 

What is the current situation in B.C.?

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/case-counts-press-statements

 

How do I prevent and prepare for COVID-19?

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/prevention

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/being-prepared.html

 

What should I do if I think I have symptoms or think I may have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19?

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

B.C. COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool: https://covid19.thrive.health/

Information about testing and isolation: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing-isolation

 

Is it okay to attend large public gatherings?

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/event-planning

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/mass-gatherings-risk-assesment.html

 

B.C. Childcare & Schools

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/childcare-schools

 

Guidance for COVID-19 prevention and control in childcare and schools

The two most important ways to prevent and control respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, in schools and childcare settings are:

-For students/children and staff who are ill with respiratory illness symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, and/or muscle aches) to stay home from school/childcare and;

-The consistent practice of good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.

 

Returning Canadians

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/travel

Anyone arriving in British Columbia from outside of Canada will be asked to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon their arrival.

 

Should I be cancelling my travel plans because of COVID-19?

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

 

I am currently outside of Canada. Should I be returning home to Canada earlier than planned?

https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

 

Can my pet get sick with COVID-19?

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/pets

 

Either me or my family member is outside of Canada and is affected by travel bans. What should we do?

Canadians travelling outside of Canada in need of emergency consular assistance can contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613 996 8885 or email sos@international.gc.ca.

 

I have a small business. What has the Prime Minister said about how this will impact me?

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/canadas-reponse/government-canada-takes-action-covid-19.html#a4

https://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/campaign-campagne/ressources-entreprises-COVID-19-business-resources.aspx?lang=eng

 

Local Resources

Abbotsford

https://www.abbotsford.ca/public_safety/emergency_program/city_services_update_covid_19.htm

Fraser Valley Regional District

https://www.fvrd.ca/EN/meta/news/news-archives/2020/covid-19-coronavirus-information.html