Interior Health is reporting two Covid-19 cases in the Fernie Health Area from May 30th to June 5th.

COVID-19 cases for the Region: Fernie Health Delivery Area = 2, Cranbrook Health Delivery Area = 8, Kimberley Health Delivery Area = 1 and Windermere (Columbia Valley) Health Delivery Area = 3. Click here to view the data page and maps.

Fernie Health Area Vaccines:

Still haven’t gotten your first vaccine dose? Interior Health is offering drop-in times at the Fernie Memorial Arena for first doses only – no appointment necessary.

Efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 are having a positive effect, and the Fernie Health Area’s vaccination campaign has been working overtime. This massive public health endeavour has resulted in case counts and hospitalizations going down.

Vaccination uptake rates by age group for the Fernie Health Area as of June 3, 2021 is:
✅ 12+ is 65%
✅ 18+ is 67%
✅ 50+ is 79%

Vaccine Registration is Open for Second Doses:

Dr. Reka Gustafson, British Columbia’s deputy provincial health officer, is encouraging residents to register for a second dose of vaccine as the province heads toward a return to normal life with declining COVID-19 cases and rising vaccination rates.

Gustafson says 72 per cent of residents 12 and over have now received a first dose of vaccine as the province pushes to get second doses administered as fast as possible, about eight weeks after an initial shot.

Provincial Vaccine Program:
A reminder you need to be registered in advance in order to receive a booking, registration is open to anyone in BC 12 and over. REGISTER HERE

They’re sending booking invitations to:
– Everyone 12+
– Everyone aged 12 to 17 can piggyback their parents booking for a vaccination
– Everyone eight weeks post initial shot

Second Doses:
Due to an increasing vaccine supply, BC is accelerating second dose appointments for all eligible people because of increased vaccine supply. To make sure you get notified when it’s your turn to book your second dose appointment, register with the Get Vaccinated provincial registration system here.

BC’s Restart Plan:
BC’s Restart is a careful, four-step plan to bring B.C. back together. Starting May 25, we bagan to restart our important social connections, businesses and activities. Getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart. Everything you need to know about the next steps and details of the plan can be found here.

Booking a COVID-19 test:
Online: You can book an appointment online through the COVID-19 Test Booking Form. By phone: Call the COVID-19 Test Booking Line at 1-877-740-7747 for assistance with booking your test.

Seek a test if you have two or more of the following symptoms for more than 24 hours, and they are not related to any other pre-existing conditions:
– Sore throat
– Loss of appetite
– Extreme fatigue or tiredness
– Headache
– Body aches (muscles and joints aching)
– Nausea or vomiting
– Diarrhea

People in all communities should remain vigilant in following COVID-19 precautions:
• Keep to your household bubbles and avoid social gatherings.
• Stay home when you are sick and get tested if you have any symptoms consistent with COVID19.
• Practise physical distancing
• Wear a mask
• Wash your hands often
• Avoid all non-essential travel

Let’s keep going – encourage your family and friends and neighbours to get vaccinated.

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