Letter: The time to act is now

Omineca Medical Clinic staff write to residents amidst COVID-19.

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By Doctors and Nurse Practitioners at the Omineca Medical Clinic in Vanderhoof, B.C.

To our patients in Vanderhoof and surrounding community.

We are writing to you personally regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. You will have heard the directive from our Provincial Health Office, Dr. Bonnie Henry, to self-isolate and practice social distancing.

We want you to understand how important this action is.

Our province is in a state of emergency. What we do today will impact the health of our community and all of British Columbians in the weeks to come.

The time to act is now.

Stay home unless absolutely necessary. No dinner parties. No shopping. No sports together, not even outside. Instead, connect with your friends and family online.

Keep six feet or 2 metres away from everyone at all times. That’s about the width of a car or two arms stretched out. Call your loved ones and tell them to do the same.

Remind the young people in your life that they can get sick from this virus. They can also be carriers of the virus and cause a lot of harm to parents, grandparents and other loved ones. We can do this, but we can’t wait one more hour or one more day.

Help us save lives; let’s do this together.

In fact, no matter how many preparations we make at the hospital, we need you for this effort to be successful. Please have a look at our clinic website, www.ominecamedicalclinic.com, for up to date information and links to provincial sites with information about COVID-19.

Please call the clinic (250-567-2201) if you have questions about your personal medical conditions and how to manage them through this pandemic. We are available by phone to make sure that everyone has the care they need for ongoing chronic illnesses.

Have a letter you want to submit or want to report a typo or error? Write to the Editor at aman.parhar@ominecaexpress.com.

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