(Stock photo)

EDITORIAL: Stay home

Message about COVID-19 must be taken seriously to slow spread of pandemic

Stay home.

This is the message we have heard over the past few weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

It is a message that needs to be repeated, and it is a message that must be heeded.

At present, close to 440,000 people worldwide have tested positive for the virus, and more than 20,000 have died. These numbers are increasing.

Around the world, hospitals and health care facilities are being overloaded as doctors, nurses and health care providers are working to treat those who are affected.

READ ALSO: 28% of B.C.’s COVID-19 cases have recovered: provincial health officer

READ ALSO: Take COVID-19 seriously, says B.C. doctor

There is no cure and no vaccine available, and there is still much we do not know about this virus. The only way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing. This means staying home as much as possible, and when out in public, maintaining a distance of two metres from others.

While going to work, going out to get groceries, medicines or other essential supplies or getting out for a walk are still permitted, contact with others is to be avoided.

House parties, impromptu soccer or basketball games, beach gatherings and the like are not appropriate at this time. The close contact allows the spread of this virus.

Our efforts now can help to limit the severity of this pandemic.

Last week, the municipality of Summerland made the decision to close all its facilities to the public. Staff are still working, but access to the public has been barred. Monday’s council meeting was closed to the public and items requiring an opportunity for public comment or a public hearing were deferred.

READ ALSO: Summerland closes playgrounds

The same decision has been made at the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, at Penticton’s city offices and facilities and in many other communities.

The province has ordered that pubs, bars and restaurants may no longer serve patrons in their facilities. Liquor sales are still permitted and restaurants may still provide take-out and delivery services.

In addition, numerous businesses, in our community and beyond, have taken measures to control the spread of the virus.

Some, such as grocery stores, are remaining open, but have taken measures to increase sanitation measures as a way to protect their staff and their customers. We thank them for making these difficult decisions.

We urge others to do your part to help slow the spread of this pandemic.

— Black Press

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

CoronavirusEditorials

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

General exposure to public low after inmate tests positive for COVID-19: Interior Health

The Okanagan Correctional Centre inmate is receiving appropriate care

Large item collection events cancelled in Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

Concerns about spread of COVID-19 led to decision to cancel collection events

Okanagan real estate market stable; bracing for slowdown due to COVID-19

Real estate board projects slowdown as the economic impacts of the pandemic continue to develop

Princeton teachers delivering food to students whose families need help

Teachers care about more than grades. And that is why Nicola-Similkameen School… Continue reading

Inmate at Okanagan Correctional Centre tests positive for COVID-19

This is B.C.’s first community outbreak at a corrections facility

VIDEO: ‘Used gloves and masks go in the garbage,’ says irked B.C. mayor

Health officials have said single-use gloves won’t do much to curb the spread of COVID-19

KGH Foundation establishes COVID-19 response fund to support frontline workers

Doctors, nurses and staff have been challenged to pivot operations to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic

Sex workers face new risks during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Desperation has kicked in’ for vulnerable, undocumented workers unable to access help

Unclear if Cowichan couple refusing to self-isolate will face penalty

No fines or charges have been laid to date, including Cowichan couple who won’t self isolate

Food support continues for Okanagan students despite school closures

Kids aren’t going hungry thanks to Kal Rotary and Starfish Backpack program

Emergency services respond to numerous incidents on Highway 1

Today there were multiple semi truck crashes on Highway 1 and a collision by the hospital

COVID-19: Postponed surgeries will be done, B.C. health minister says

Contract with private surgical clinic to help clear backlog

Black Press Media ad sparks discussion about value of community newspapers

White Rock resident hopes front-page note shines light on revenue loss during COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19: Central Okanagan fire departments only responding to serious medical calls

The new directive from Dr. Bonnie Henry does not change the public safety response of firefighters

Most Read