As of February 19th Fernie has no active cases! Down from 97 since January 1st with everyone recovered. That's our community, residents and local businesses working hard to flatten the curve!
Fernie is important to us all, so let's keep it up. We don't want to see locals in ICU, lose the ski season or keep restrictions continuing for a long time. We must all do our part to keep everyone healthy and safe. Need to know how? Scroll below for all the details and how to find local support.
In effort to keep everyone from getting COVID or transmitting it others and those more vulnerable, the BC Government has specific restrictions and legally enforceable orders in place. Everyone is expected to follow the orders, similar to wearing a seat belt in a vehicle or not driving under the influence. Local and provincial enforcement is increasing.
Key Restrictions & Orders:
Housemates and family members can have different levels of comfort and understanding with COVID and the restrictions. Take the time to sit down together and talk about the importance of respecting each other and the importance of following and understanding local health orders.
Here are some articles to help the conversation, note, most of these are from outside of BC so be sure to know the local BC COVID Restrictions & Orders:
If you're feeling unwell or think you've been in close contact with someone who is call 811 for advice. Do not go to work without also talking to your employer.
Up to $1,000 income while you're isolating. The Canadian Recovery Sickness Benefit gives income support to individuals who can't work because they're sick or self-isolating due to COVID-19.
Local testing for COVID-19 can be booked online or call 1-877-740-7747. If you can't drive to the testing site in Sparwood then call 250-423-8581.
Elk Valley COVID Support Team provides grocery delivery to anyone in self-isolation / quarantine. Learn more.
Fernie Fresh Food Share is a program within The Salvation Army redirecting perfectly good food that is headed to the landfill to better end users. Learn more on their Facebook page. The Fernie Food Bank can be reached at 250-423-4668.
East Kootenay Crisis Line volunteers are available to listen, help problem solve, and help make connections to community resources in the East Kootenay region. To reach them call 1-888-353-2273.
When you self-isolate, stay home and keep away from others to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
When do you have to self-isolate?
If you are in self-isolation and require any type of assistance please call 1-833-469-9803 and select EAST KOOTENAY for a Pandemic Health Coordinator.
Contact tracing is an important tool to more quickly prevent the virus from spreading in the community.
If you are a contact of a confirmed case (meaning you've been around someone that tested positive), a member of the public health team will contact you to let you know you may have been exposed. If you have symptoms, you need to get tested.
If you do not have symptoms but have been in close contact (what does close contact mean?), you will be asked to self-isolate so that if you develop COVID-19, you won’t spread it to others in the community. Either way you should let others you have been in close contact with know of your situation so they can make safe decisions too.
Bill is COVID-19 Positive.
Bill knows he needs to self-isolate for 14 days.
Bill does not go outside or to the grocery store. He has friends or calls for support to bring him groceries and other items.
Bill knows this is only for a short period and will protect others from getting COVID-19.
Bill knows he can apply for federal support to help cover some of his expenses while not being able to work.
Bill is smart and respectful of the community.
Be like Bill.
Nothing's better for your well-being than getting outside!
Isn't this the main reason we're all in Fernie?
Need help enjoying the outdoors or know of someone who could use some support to get outside?
Stay tuned for the Get Outside - Pay It Forward Initiative!