Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – 5:00pm
COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE #26 – CITY OF NELSON
City of Nelson Reaches Out to Business Community
Mayor and Council would like thank all local businesses (including non-profit organizations) for the sacrifices they are making to help us all get through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership (NAEDP), which includes our partners, the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures Central Kootenay are partnering with the City on this business outreach project. Along with a volunteer coordinator, we are combining our resources, to create a business outreach team to touch base with every single one of our local businesses and non-profits.
The goal of this outreach project is to:
All businesses should look for an email coming from the Business Outreach team. If your business has not received this email by 4:00pm Thursday, April 23rd, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your current contact information.
City Council COVID-19 Update
At the April 20th Council meeting, Mayor and Council provided the following letters of support:
Council is meeting on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 1:00pm to review and finalize the 2020 – 2024 Financial Plan to reflect the loss of revenues and implement financial cost reduction strategies as a result of COVID-19. Live Stream Link: https://nelson.civicweb.net/Portal/Video.aspx.
Dr. Henry Raises Concerns over Recent Community Outbreaks
In today’s provincial briefing, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the number of new cases in BC has increased by 71 in the past 24 hours, many of which are from new community outbreaks, including a recent outbreak at a chicken processing plant in Vancouver. She said that we, as a province, have more work to do to “break these chains of transmission” and until “we clear this hurdle, we can’t make any changes.”
Dr. Henry knows that many people are tired of staying home and not visiting with friends and family, but she said “to ease restrictions, we need to have a decline in new cases and community outbreaks.” With these new community outbreaks, Dr. Henry also emphasized the importance of employers providing a work environment that has the necessary measures in place for staff to be safe, including adequate physical distancing as well as a plan for every business that is open. She reiterated the absolute importance of anyone with even mild symptoms, to stay home and not be in contact with others.
Important Resource List – Valuable BC Government Website for Support & Information
The following web link provides a comprehensive list of supports and information for BC residents, including both Federal and Provincial resources.
Ottawa Announces $9 Billion in Support for Post-Secondary Students and Recent Graduates
Prime Minister Trudeau announced comprehensive support of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates. This plan will help provide financial aid for students this summer and will help them continue studies in the fall. Measures include:
Canada Emergency Student Benefit: Provides support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit will provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. This benefit will be available from May to August 2020.
Canada Student Service Grant: Will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall.
To read the full media release: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/22/support-students-and-new-grads-affected-covid-19
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Applications Open April 27th
To help employers keep and re-hire workers amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is implementing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). This important economic measure provides a 75% wage subsidy of up to $847 per employee per week, to eligible employers, for up to 12 weeks, preventing further job losses and encouraging employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19. The CEWS is retroactive to March 15, 2020.
Beginning April 27, applications will be open for the CEWS. Click the “Are you Eligible” link below to learn how to get ready, and how to assess if your business is eligible. You can also calculate your wage subsidy using the calculator tool.
Are you eligible? https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy/cews-how-apply.html
CEWS Calculator Tool: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy/cews-calculate-subsidy-amount.html
To read the full media release: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/news/2020/04/government-of-canada-launches-canada-emergency-wage-subsidy-calculator-for-employers.html
The BC Government has provided the following information today:
Which businesses are open in Nelson?
BC Government Resources List for Support and Information during COVID-19
Wellness Together Canada https://ca.portal.gs/
Anxiety Canada https://www.anxietycanada.com/
BounceBack BC https://bouncebackbc.ca/
Here2Talk for Post-Secondary Students https://here2talk.ca/home
Psychological First Aid – Over 19+ https://www.psychologists.bc.ca/covid-19-resources
Crisis Line Association of BC – 1-800 suicide (1 800 784-2433) - 24/7www.crisiscentre.bc.ca - 24/7 - crisis and suicide interventionMental Health and Information Support Line - 310-6789 (no area code required)Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868www.kidshelphone.ca or text connect to 686868 - 24/7Helpline for Children - 310-1234 (no area code required)
VictimlinkBC – 1-800-563-0808 - 24/7
information, referrals. Immediate crisis support
HealthLinkBC - 811 or www.healthlinkbc.ca
For seniors looking for additional support at this time, call 211 or visit:
Interior Crisis Line Network – 1-888-353-2273 - 24/7Nelson Transition House – (250) 354-435724/7 - Specifically for women leaving or struggling in, an abusive relationship.
To help provide important information to our community, the City of Nelson has developed a dedicated webpage nelson.ca/covid19 that will be updated frequently as new information becomes available. Please sign-up for ‘City News’ on NotifyMe to receive automatic updates from the City via text or email.
The City of Nelson relies on Interior Health, BC Public Health, and the Federal Government for information related to the virus itself. If you believe you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your physician, or call the COVID-19 telephone line at 1-888-COVID19, to be assessed or call the testing clinic hotline at (250) 551-7500 to be triaged for testing. Symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing, fever, sore throat, and difficulty breathing. These symptoms may not present themselves for up to 14 days, but you may be a carrier of the virus; therefore it is important to follow the guidelines set out by the health experts.
To check your symptoms or get updates from the BC Government you can download the BC COVID-19 App or visit this website
We thank you for doing your part to help maintain a safe and healthy community and for understanding the importance of this evolving situation.
Information from the BC Center for Disease Control on COVID-19
Ginger Lester, EOC Information Officer email@example.com
Nelson Police Department Victim Services – (250) 505-5657