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Interior Health urges South Okanagan residents to have evacuation plan

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August 21, 2020 - 2:25 PM

Interior Health is asking residents to build an emergency plan in the event of an evacuation due to the Christie Mountain wildfire and to assume that COVID-19 is in every community.

Interior Health's emergency operation centre has been activated and planning includes public health measures to protect against COVID-19, according to an IH news release.

In the event of an evacuation, residents should start planning for a safe place to go, also keeping in mind that there are still risks of COVID-19 throughout the province.

"If you are vulnerable to the risks of COVID-19, or plan to reside with someone who is vulnerable, consider ways to reduce your contacts and bubble now to help keep yourself and your hosts safe," according to the news release.

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IH has outline the following COVID-19 precautions:

  • Stay home and avoid travel if you have symptoms, even mild ones.
  • Maintain physical distancing (two metres apart) and use masks when distancing is not possible.
  • Wash your hands regularly and do not touch your face.
  • Do not plan or attend gatherings of more than 50 people. Limit gatherings to out of doors whenever possible.

Testing is recommended for anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Other milder symptoms may include: runny nose, fatigue, body aches (muscles and joints aching), diarrhea, headache, sore throat, vomiting and red eyes.

Information is available online about testing and public exposures to COVID-19 throughout the Interior Health region. More wildfire health-related information is also available through IH's website.

 


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