Cortes Island responded to the first news of the pandemic with a series of ZOOM conferences, in which various sectors of the community reported on their preparations, status and plans. The last of these meetings was held on June 9th, a day when Island Health reported there were no COVID cases anywhere on Vancouver Island. That situation has changed. According to statistics released by the BC Centre for Disease Control, there were 16 new cases in the Greater Campbell River Health Area during November. Some of these were on Cortes Island, where there had not previously been a publicly acknowledged case. While there are currently no known active cases on Cortes, there were 31 throughout North Vancouver Island yesterday and Island Health does not identify specific communities, or islands, for individual cases. The virus is still spreading. On December 10th, Cortes Island’s Regional Director, Noba Anderson, convened a ZOOM conference of several key Cortes community and Island Health leaders.Continue reading How Island Health Responds to a COVID situation
Around the globe, people are dealing as best they can with the novel coronavirus outbreak, SARS-CoV-2, also known as COVID 19.
After we wash our hands, don a facemask and avoid non-essential travel and socialization – many of us are looking for ways to maximize our immune function.
A quick internet search will reveal an assortment of advice on what foods, lifestyle and supplements may increase your resistance to contracting the virus, and your resilience to illness if you do.Continue reading Foods lifestyle and supplements to help build up your resistance
Cortes Island’s Second Virtual Town hall Meeting was also broadcast over Cortes Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM. It began with a series of news updates, followed by breakout sessions.Continue reading Cortes Island’s Second Virtual Town Hall Meeting, April 7, 2020
At the first virtual Community Conference, Cortes Island organizations and businesses described their preparations for the impending COVID 19 pandemic. The process of reporting continued into the second conference, where callers also discussed off-island travel. At the third, on March 27, 2020, callers were divided into ten break out groups as Cortes organises a collective response to COVID -19.Continue reading Organizing A Collective Response To COVID-19
Flattening the Curve, The Benefits and Risks of Self Isolation; & How we can care for each other during this pandemic.
Cortes Health Centre Staff, Tahmeena Ali, MD—visiting doctor—and Isabelle Laplante, RN—new staff nurse— speak out about all anyone is talking about, COVID-19, and what it means for the people of Cortes Island.Continue reading COVID 19 Pandemic: Cortes Health Centre Staff Speak Out