There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the City of Williams Lake as of March 18.
That’s the latest information from the city’s leader, Mayor Walt Cobb, who gave a Facebook live interview with the Williams Lake Tribune Wednesday, March 18.
“Nobody has been diagnosed with the (coronavirus) disease that we are aware of at this time,” Cobb said, noting there have been a few ‘scares’ and people self-isolating but no identified COVID-19 cases.
“They have guaranteed us that if there is a case in Williams Lake we will be the first to know.”
But just because there isn’t a diagnosed coronavirus case here, Cobb said it is critically important for the safety of our citizens, neighbours and family members to follow the advice of government on social distancing, working from home if possible, hand washing, avoiding crowds and to stop panic buying and hoarding supplies.
“Don’t buy any more groceries than you would normally buy for a two-week period, or whatever your normal shopping habits are. By hoarding, it’s stopping somebody else from getting necessities.”
He noted many restaurants that remain open are offering take out or drive-through service. He has received calls of concern that some restaurants or pubs are not following the B.C. directive to close or modify services, and he’s making calls to try and address those issues.
Cobb said the City has emergency plans in place should the situation worsen in the lakecity, and he urges residents who are sick to not go to the hospital’s ER, but rather follow the government’s guidelines set out online or by calling 811.
Cobb is currently working from home himself instead of at his office at city hall.
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– Williams Lake