COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

Provincial and Federal Health Authorities are the lead agencies for COVID-19.

The British Columbia government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The CVRD is continuing to follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Provincial Health Officer. 

COVID-19 is spread by an infected person through droplets in the air when a person coughs or sneezes, close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control is the best source for COVID-19 health information. For more information please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).
 

About COVID-19

Important Local Updates
 

April 4 Update - CVRD Board Chair and Emergency Operations Centre Spokesperson Jesse Ketler

Most Recent News Releases:

April 1 News Release: CVRD Board Approves Funding to Assist in Community COVID-19 Response

Comox Valley Information and Resources
 

Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Updates

The Comox Valley local governments have activated a level two regional emergency operations centre in response to COVID-19. Representatives from the DND/19-Wing Comox, K'ómoks First Nation, CVRD, City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland, Fire Chiefs Association, and many other external agencies and organizations are working together to collaborate on response measures and best practices for the region. The regional EOC spokesperson regarding all COVID-19 matters within the region is CVRD Board Chair and Cumberland Councillor, Jesse Ketler.

The CVRD is also following the recommendations and guidance of the Province of BC, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and Island Health on communication and general preparations for COVID-19.

Please see the following media releases for more information:

April 1 News Release: CVRD Board Approves Funding to Assist in Community COVID-19 ResponseMarch 25, 2020 Media Advisory: Comox Valley Regional District Operational NoticesMarch 24, 2020 News Release: The Regional EOC Announces Comox Valley-wide Open Burning BanMarch 23, 2020 News Release: The Regional EOC Announces Further Closures for the Region March 20, 2020 News Release: The Regional EOC Announces Official SpokespeopleMarch 17, 2020 News Release: The CVRD Opening a Regional Level 2 Emergency Operations Centre

Comox Valley Facility Closures and Updates

City of Courtenay Closures Effective Immediately:

  • Municipal Playgrounds and Play Structures
  • Martin Park Lacrosse/Pickleball Courts
  • Lewis Park Tennis Courts
  • LINC Basketball Courts
  • Outdoor Skate Park
  • The Public Works Yard, Courtenay Fire Hall, City Hall and all City recreation and cultural facilities

Courtenay Council and all other City meetings are postponed until further notice.

Town of Comox Closures Effective Immediately:

  • Municipal Playgrounds and Play Structures
  • Tennis Courts at Anderton Park
  • Tennis Courts at Community Centre
  • Pickleball Courts at Highland Rotary Courts
  • Outdoor Fitness Circuit at Anderton Park
  • Outdoor Hockey Box at Highland Fields
  • The Comox Community Centre

The Comox Fire Hall, Comox Town Hall, the Finance and the Public Works buildings will remain open for service; however, the facilities will be closed to the public.

Village of Cumberland Closures Effective Immediately:

  • Municipal Playgrounds and Play Structures including Village Park, N0. 6 Mine Heritage Park and Lake Park
  • Skate park at Village Park
  • Off-leash dog park at Village Park
  • Tennis Courts at Village Park
  • Cumberland Recreation

The Municipal Office, Cumberland Recreation, Fire Hall, and Public Works Yard are closed to public access. All advisory committees to Council are suspended until further notice.

Comox Valley Regional District Closures Effective Immediately:

  • Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds facilities closed. Trails will remain open at this time.
  • Pinecrest Park closing bike park, washroom facility and playground
  • Goose Spit Park closing the stairs, and postponing beach fire program
  • Little River (Crescent beach) postponing the beach fire program
  • Joe Walker Park postponing the fire program, and closing outdoor cooking shelter
  • Royston Seaside Trail closing outdoor cooking shelter
  • The Comox Valley Sports Centre, Comox Valley Aquatic Centre and Comox Valley Curling Club
  • The Comox Valley Pollution Control Centre is closed to the public.
  • The Comox Valley Regional District Office at 770 Harmston Avenue is closed to the public.

Until further notice four rural fire stations of Fanny Bay, Oyster River, Denman and Hornby Island are closed to all unauthorized visits as precautionary protection for our volunteers and staff so they are able to respond to an emergency.

School District 71 are prohibiting the use of all District school playgrounds.

March 23, 2020 News Release: The Regional EOC Announces Further Closures for the Region 

March 16, 2020 News Release: The Comox Valley Regional District Closing Recreation Facilities Until Further Notice

March 16, 2020 News Release: The Comox Valley Regional District Closing Facilities to Public Until Further Notice

Regional Landfill Service

The Comox Valley Waste Management Centre keeps our community safe and clean and we are working hard to protect our workers and the public in order to continue operating this essential service.

If you have access to a municipal curbside collection and recycling program please refrain from using the landfill at this time. Rural residents without curbside pickup should limit their visits to yard and essential waste only and expect the following operational changes:

  • No cash will be accepted – payment by credit or debit card only
  • There will be limited drop off stalls to comply with physical distancing requirements
  • Only two vehicles will have access to the recycling depot at any one time
  • Opening times may be delayed to permit the disinfection of all equipment

For more information visit: cswm.ca/covid19

Drinking Water

Water is a precious and essential service and the Comox Valley Regional District is maintaining its rigorous treatment and operating practices to ensure the Comox Valley Water System is functioning at its regular level. No changes have been made to standards of water treatment and the regional district is implementing business continuity measures to ensure this essential services will not be interrupted during the COVID-19 response.

For more information visit: comoxvalleyrd.ca/water

Sewage Treatment

To assist in maintaining essential sewage treatment operations during the COVID-19 response, the Comox Valley Regional District is reminding residents that human waste and toilet paper are the only things that should be flushed down our toilets. Disposable wipes, even those marked “flushable”, don’t easily break down and may cause clogs. As they travel through the sewer system, wipes can clog sewer lines, pumps and even your own pipes. This can cause backed up pipes, flooded basements and sewage spills into our environment.

For more information about what not to flush and why, visit: comoxvalleyrd.ca/flush

Transit Services

The Comox Valley Regional District, through BC Transit, is continuing to provide transportation service that Comox Valley residents can rely on, whether that be for essential services staff to get to work or for residents to do their grocery shopping. BC Transit has implemented a COVID-19 response plan to protect drivers and customers, which includes:

  • Enhanced cleaning on buses and at BC Transit facilities
  • Physical distancing procedures
  • Rear door loading
  • Free fare, to eliminate cash collection

BC Transit has advised that it will be prepared to implement additional measures at the advice of Health Canada and the Province of BC.

For more information visit: bctransit.com/covid19

Parks Facilities

Before visiting any Comox Valley Regional District parks, please visit comoxvalleyrd.ca/parks to view the latest facility closures and measures being undertaken to contain COVID-19. Visitors to our parks are reminded to respect physical distancing practices staying two metres away from others.

Air Quality

Comox Valley fire departments are implementing open fire restrictions in regional fire protection districts effective April 1, 2020 in response to COVID-19. Open fires will be banned and fire permits will no longer be issued, with the exception of backyard fires and campfires in specific fire protection areas.

For more information visit: comoxvalleyrd.ca/airquality

Utility Bills

With many residents feeling financial pressures due to COVID-19 impacts, the Comox Valley Regional District would like to reassure CVRD residents that they will not be charged any late payment fees for utility bills paid by December 31, 2020.

Planning, Building and Bylaw Compliance

During this time, planning, building and bylaw compliance services staff are continuing to work on applications, long range projects, building permit reviews and inspection, and bylaw complaint resolution. We have made the following changes to our services:

  • No in-person meetings are taking place. We can arrange virtual meetings with applicants and can receive questions and concerns by telephone and email.
  • We are continuing review of existing planning applications and will be in contact with applicants regarding any necessary scheduling changes (i.e. Committee and Board meeting dates). Planning staff are not undertaking site visits at this time.
  • We are continuing to receive, process and issue building permits at this time, however, there may be delays. Our inspectors are taking social distancing precautions during all field work and we ask the public to not be on site during the inspection. Details about submitting a new building permit application can be found here.
    • Building permit related questions can be e-mailed to building@comoxvalleyrd.ca or speak with one of our staff at 250-334-6006.
  • We are continuing our work to resolve existing bylaw compliance concerns. Information about bylaws and submitting a written complaint can be found here. Our bylaw compliance officers are still working in the field to address bylaw compliance issues and in regional parks to remind the public of social distancing precautions. Please maintain social distancing if you encounter a compliance officer.
  • We are still here to help!
COVID-19 Business Resource Centre

Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism has compiled resources for businesses.

COVID-19 Business Resource Centre

Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness Updates

The Coalition to End Homelessness will post any social service agency closures/hour changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic that may impact those experiencing (or at risk of experiencing) homelessness.

COVID-19 Agency Updates from the Coalition

Provincial Support and Information
 

Common Questions

Find answers from the BC Centre for Disease Control to some of the most common questions about COVID-19.

Common Questions

Testing and Isolation

Learn about BC's testing strategy and how to be tested if it is required, what self-isolation means and who will be asked to take this precaution.

Testing

Self-Isolation

Case Counts, Public Exposures and Press Statements

Here you will find the latest information on confirmed cases and testing for the novel coronavirus.

Case Counts & Press Statements

Flights and Public Events with Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Childcare and Education

As of March 17, 2020, B.C. will be suspending K-12 classes.

School Closures

Colleges & Universities

Child Care Response to COVID-19

Community Settings

People who need to engage in regular activities like shopping for food or other items are asked to practice common sense approaches to prevent infection and transmission.

Community Settings

Employers and Businesses

Here you will find information for essential businesses. Information will be added as it becomes available.

Employers & Businesses

Food Businesses

Industry Specific Guidance from the Provincial Health Officer

Event Planning

All event organizers are ordered to limit all public gatherings larger than 50 people. This includes indoor and outdoor sporting events, conferences, meetings, religious gatherings or other similar events.

Event Planning

Vulnerable Populations

Here you will find information for people living with health conditions.

Vulnerable Populations

Supply Products and Services to Support BC's Response

Island Health is providing information on ways you can support their COVID-19 response. This includes opportunities for donating protective equipment, medical supplies, non-medical products, and offering discounts and services to support healthcare workers.

Support Island Health COVID-19 Response

The B.C. Government is looking for both medical and non-medical products and services to help with the response, and has created a COVID-19 Supply Hub. Please note this supply hub does not apply to Vancouver Island, and Island Health can be directly supported through the link above.

Supply Products and Services to Support B.C.'s COVID-19 Response

Additional Resources
 

COVID-19 Information Lines

  • Government of Canada novel coronavirus information line: 1-833-784-4397 
  • BC COVID Information Line for non-medical information on the virus, from travel recommendations to physical distancing:
    1-888-COVID-19 (1-888-268-4319) seven days a week 7:30 am until 8:00 pm
    or text 604-630-0300

Help prevent the spread by washing your hands and staying home if you are feeling unwell. In cold and flu season it is always respectful to not go to work or in public places when you are showing signs of illness. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing call 8-1-1 or use the COVID-19 BC Support App and Self-Assessment Tool.