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Posted on: May 11, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City of Nelson COVID-19 Update #39 Monday, May 11, 2020

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Monday, May 11, 2020 – 4:00pm 


Dr. Bonnie Henry on Re-Opening BC: “A steady stream will be far more successful than a rushing river.”

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry encouraged British Columbians to be patient ahead of the easing of restrictions that will begin at the end of this week. Dr. Henry said “COVID-19 hasn’t gone away…we need to strike the right balance with easing restrictions.” She added “We are in a much better place….but we want to move slowly and thoughtfully.”

With the approaching long weekend, Minister Adrian Dix urged British Columbians to adhere to physical distancing and to avoid non-essential travel. He said, “Stay local, stay apart, stay safe….the best place you can be is where you live.”

Nelson Public Library Launches Takeout Service

The Nelson Public Library has unveiled an innovative way to get library materials in the hands of readers. Library members can now place pick-up orders for library materials. ‘Library Takeout’ is a click or call-and-collect service. Library staff will gather books from the shelves to be picked up by members. Members can request specific titles or ask the librarians to choose titles.

Materials must be picked up during pre-scheduled appointment times to control the number of people coming to the library. Staff members will place ‘Library Takeout’ bags in spaces designed for social distancing for a contactless pick-up transaction. For safety reasons, when materials are returned to the library, they will be quarantined for at least 72-hours. 

To ensure the program complies with health and safety recommendations, the library sought advice from local health authorities and the City of Nelson’s Health and Safety Department.

For more information, please visit:


FREE Online Presentation “Guide to Re-Opening & Pivoting Your Business” on May 12

Looking for direction on how to re-open and pivot your business? Bring your questions to a Zoom meeting presented by the Basin Business Advisors Program. This meeting will take place Tuesday, May 12th at 1:00 PM.

To join the meeting go to: (Meeting ID: 897 4585 6493)


For links to information and resources visit


For a guide to reopening your business: BBA Guide to Reopening



Federal Minister of Health Celebrates National Nursing Week, May 11-17

National Nursing Week is about recognizing the incredible contributions that nurses make to our lives every day of the year - contributions that have never been more evident than during this pandemic.

Throughout the response to COVID-19, nurses have stepped up to provide exceptional leadership, coordination and support. Whether on the front lines, behind the scenes, or providing surge capacity to a partnering organization, they have been central to Canada’s response. 

As Canadians feel the weight of social isolation and physical distancing, nursing professionals continue to care for us. They are no doubt also feeling the pressure of extra work, changes in priorities and physical distancing. As always, nurses are a model of professionalism, demonstrating courage and skill in extraordinary times. I encourage all Canadians, including nurses, who need support to reach out to one of the many resources available to help, such as the new Wellness Together Canada portal, which provides mental health and substance use support.

Please join me in giving a heartfelt thank you to all nurses during this week. 

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health

To view the full media release:


The BC Government has provided the following information today

COVID-19 Case Statistics:

Total cases in BC to date: 2,353

  • 873 in Vancouver Coastal Health
  • 1118 in Fraser Health
  • 125 in Island Health
  • 180 in Interior Health (0 new cases in 48 hours)
  • 57 in Northern Health
  • Total fatalities in BC to date: 130 (1 death in 48 hours)
  • Total cases in Canada to date: 69,911
  • Total fatalities in Canada to date: 4,993

Important Resources & Information – COVID-19


To view BC’s Restart Plan: 

Which businesses are open in Nelson?

B.C. Government Resources List for Support and Information during COVID-19    

Supports for Businesses in BC:

Wellness Together Canada

Anxiety Canada 

BounceBack BC

Here2Talk for Post-Secondary Students 

Psychological First Aid – Over 19+  

Crisis Line Association of BC – 1-800 suicide (1 800 784-2433) - 24/7 - 24/7 - crisis and suicide intervention

Mental Health and Information Support Line - 310-6789 (no area code required)

Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868 or text connect to 686868 - 24/7

Helpline for Children - 310-1234 (no area code required) - 24/7

VictimlinkBC – 1-800-563-0808 - 24/7
information, referrals. Immediate crisis support 

HealthLinkBC - 811 or  

For seniors looking for additional support at this time, call 211 or visit:

Interior Crisis Line Network – 1-888-353-2273 - 24/7

Nelson Transition House – (250) 354-4357
24/7 - Specifically for women leaving or struggling in, an abusive relationship.

Nelson Police Department Victim Services – (250) 505-5657 

To help provide important information to our community, the City of Nelson has developed a dedicated webpage 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 B.C. 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 B.C. Center for Disease Control on COVID-19


Media Contact:

Ginger Lester, EOC Information Officer 






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