COVID-19 Update April 16, 2020:
📊 There are 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in BC. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 1,575. There are 630 cases in the Fraser Health region.
🔴 There has been a COVID-19 outbreak in the Acute Care Unit at Ridge Meadows Hospital. I am monitoring the situation closely.
✅ Starting today, the B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service will serve as a one-stop resource to answer questions about supports available to businesses from the provincial and federal governments, industry and community partners. Advisors are available Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Pacific time) and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1 833 254-4357, email@example.com, or on the livechat at https://covid.smallbusinessbc.ca.
🔴 I am very sad to announce that 3 more people have passed away in BC due to COVID-19. My thoughts are with their families during this difficult time.
✅ The BC government today launched Here2Talk – a service that offers confidential, free single-session services by app, phone or online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.vChat sessions with a trained counselor can be accessed by downloading the Here2Talk app or visiting: here2talk.ca
Students can speak to a counsellor by phone, toll-free at 1 877 857-3397 or direct 604 642-5212.
✅ The federal government is expanding the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). CEBA will now cover businesses who spent between $20,000 and $1.5 million on payroll last year.
Your efforts are making progress in the fight against COVID-19. For our healthcare system, and for the health of those most at risk, we must continue to practice social distancing.
Be safe. Be well.
For more information on Provincial government supports, please visit this link: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support