CLBC COVID-19 Update

Hey everyone, you can click here to read the June 30th COVID-19 update for individuals and families. This update includes more information about what we can expect as BC moves into Step 3 of the provincial Restart plan, an update on the Accessible British Columbia Act, and an opportunity to have your say in the Government of Canada Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

OKANAGAN: Community Cooling Centres Activated

Hey everyone, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations centre has been activated to support the opening of several cooling centres, in response to the heat warning issued by Environment Canada, and has circulated an information bulletin with additional information — we are passing on the information in that bulletin here for you.

Elevated temperatures over several days put seniors, children, people with underlying health conditions and those who do not have access to air conditioning at greater risk of heat-related illness.

Starting June 27, the following locations will be available as cooling centres for the community:

City of Kelowna

  • Parkinson Activity Centre, 1700 Parkinson Way, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Rutland Activity Centre, 765 Dodd Rd., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

City of West Kelowna

  • Lakeview Heights Baptist Church, 2630 Alhambra Dr., 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

District of Peachland

  • Peachland Community Centre, 4450 6th Street, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations bulletin outlines COVID-19 safety at cooling centres:

  • Centres will follow Provincial Health Orders for COVID-19 to keep populations safe
  • Centres will have supplies of water, masks and hand sanitizer on-hand
  • Physical distancing measures will be in place
  • Wearing masks in the cooling centres is required per the guidelines for cooling centres from the BC Centre for Disease Control.

The cooling centres will remain open until the heat wave subsides. Additional cooling centres may open in the coming week. Keep an eye on local news and CORD Emergency officials recommend checking on neighbours and family to ensure that they are staying cool, keeping hydrated and determining whether they need any assistance.

STAY COOL: Heat Warning issued

Hey everyone, a heat warning has been issued by Environment Canada for much of the Province, including the Okanagan and the West Kootenays. Record temperatures are in the forecast from Saturday until Tuesday. Watch for heat-related illness, and be aware of the increased risk of wildfires due to drought conditions.

We’ve got information posted on sun safety on our Health and Safety page and we’ve posted SPOTLIGHTS on sun safety on our blog. There are also tips and resources on weather hazards and safety on the Government of Canada website, including how you can prepare for summer weather.

The Government of Canada website also has a page for natural hazards with information about Wildfires here.

Stay safe and healthy, and stay cool!

Outdoor Celebrations…

The Government of Canada recognizes that you may be planning to take part in a holiday celebration with people outside your immediate household. If so, check with the local public health authority to find out about gathering size (and other) limits. You can prepare for celebrations by:

  • Checking with your local public health authority about gathering size limits.
  • Ensuring that you have enough space so guests can remain at the greatest distance possible from one another.
  • Taking a COVID-19 self-assessment before attending the celebration.
  • Having pre-portioned food rather than dips and shared snack bowls.
  • Staying outside.

It is important to assess the current COVID-19 activity in your community before planning for celebrations. Only engage in celebrations if it is safe to do so. You can find more information here.

JUNE 2021: Pride month!

Hey everyone! Many communities in Canada and around the world are celebrating diversity throughout June 2021 as PRIDE month.

We thought we would take this opportunity to highlight some PRIDE activities, resources, and organizations for you here:

Let us know in the comments what’s going on in your community for Pride month!