I’ve been listening to the COVID-19 updates from our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, with equal parts of unease and hope.
As we end 2020 with the pandemic still very real and affecting all aspects of our lives, we had all hoped, of course, that we’d be looking to 2021 with better news.
It’s difficult to be optimistic, even with thousands of British Columbians receiving the vaccine, when we know that our neighbours from the Lil’wat Nation, are seeing rising COVID-19 numbers in the community.
We are thankful that many of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 have now recovered, but know there are others who remain in isolation, and testing continues in the community.
When many of us want nothing more than to embrace our friends and family, we are reminded that we must be more vigilant than ever before in this fight against COVID-19. The Province has amended a provincial health order specific to New Year’s Eve; and the rules prohibiting social gatherings remain in place until at least January 8, 2021.
One thing that this pandemic has reminded us of, is that our communities are intrinsically connected. What impacts one, has the potential to impact all.
Our actions can put others at risk. But our efforts can also help lift each other up.
It’s natural to feel helpless when we aren’t able to show physical support for those in need. But we can show support in other ways – a simple call to a friend now, more than ever, can be impactful. And simply following the COVID-19-related regulations and associated recommendations is a way for all of us to do our part to keep each other safe.
Above all else, as we move forward together, let’s remember to be kind to one another and to show each other respect and empathy.
SLRD Board Chair