The City of Williams Lake will be opening its emergency operations centre at the Williams Lake Fire Hall. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

City of Williams Lake activating emergency operations centre to prepare for COVID-19 response

Citizens encouraged to stay at home

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, Williams Lake is activating its emergency operations centre (EOC) on Tuesday, March 24, but at a low risk level.

“As of today there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Williams Lake that the City has been made aware of,” corporate engagement officer Guillermo Angel told the Tribune Monday.

Public health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Monday there are now 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Interior Health.

“Interior Health Authority (IH) would be the local agency that would be made aware of where confirmed cases are and the City and IH have a good working relationship and positive communication channels,” Angel said.

However, Angel added the City encourages all residents to practice self-isolation and social distancing methods, to leave home only if absolutely necessary and practice effective hygiene.

On Friday, March 20, the City closed all playgrounds.

Read more: COVID-19: Williams Lake closes playgrounds, while trails, public parks remain open

Activating the EOC is a proactive means of making sure there will be appropriate resources and a co-ordinated local plan to support B.C.’s response plan and to ensure essential services continue in the City.

Staffing levels have been reduced as a safety precaution and all available staff has been encouraged to work from home where possible.

Upon activation of the EOC there will be a dedicated phone line for residents to call with operational or non-medical related questions. City staff will provide answers and direction toward available resources. This phone line is 250-392-2364.

As well, the public can call 1-888-COVID 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for any non-emergency questions/concerns re: COVID. The 1-888-COVID19 line (1-888-268-4319) is to provide non-medical information or help people decide if they should seek testing. It also accepts text messages to 604-630-0300.

The Health Link 811 number is active, but callers may experience some delays.

The City will update its residents as soon as any developments occur. For up-to-date information regarding the local response to the COVID-19 situation, with relevant links to current information, visit www.williamslake.ca/COVID-19.

As of Monday evening, Angel confirmed the City does not intend to declare a state of emergency at this point.

Tuesday evening’s regular council meeting, March 24, will proceed but the public will only be able to tune in online.

The livestream of council meetings begin at 6 p.m.

Read more: Williams Lake regular council meetings to go live streamed beginning Oct. 22



news@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CoronavirusWilliams Lake

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

Just Posted

COVID19: 94th Williams Lake Stampede officially cancelled for 2020 due to pandemic

Stampede directors hope to host a community event in the fall if possible

VIDEO: Big Lake Elementary School staff and student enjoy drive by

Principal Holly Zurak enjoyed putting together a video

Williams Lake movie theatre popcorn sale event to see 100 per cent proceeds for Salvation Army

‘People are missing their movie popcorn,’: Paradise Cinemas owner David Hothi

COVID-19: Williams Lake eyes possible relief measures for businesses

Staff will draft a bylaw and write a letter to the provincial government about tax relief

COVID-19: 4 new deaths, 25 new cases but only in Vancouver Coastal, Fraser Health

A total of 1,291 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

UPDATE: Canadians awake to extra COVID-19 emergency benefit money, feds clarify changes

The CRA and federal officials are working to clarify the confusion around payments

VIDEO: B.C. singer creates frontline workers tribute song

Cambree Lovesy’s song saluting those battling COVID-19 draws interest online

Statistics Canada report looks at COVID-19’s impact on violence in the family

Police across Canada reported almost 100,000 cases of intimate partner violence in 2018

132,000 B.C. jobs lost just the start of COVID-19 impact, finance minister says

B.C.’s latest employment figures for March show 7.2% increase

B.C. asking companies to contribute through online COVID-19 supply hub

New platform to co-ordinate, source, expedite supplies and equipment to support front-line workers

Controls can keep Canadian COVID-19 deaths under 22,000, health agency says

With poor containment measures, the death toll could be much, much higher, the agency says

People needing addictions services feel ‘abandoned’ during pandemic, B.C.’s ex-top doctor says

Widespread job losses and more homelessness due to physical distancing at shelters have added hurdles

Most Read