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In today’s update there has been no reported cases of COVID-19 at seniors care facilities in the Interior Health Region, Community Connections is seeing an increase in the number of people accessing its food programs, an assistant university professor creates an easy to use guide to COVID-19 assistance programs and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre is warning the public about a number of scams.

Revelstoke seniors care facilities remain free of COVID-19

Revelstoke’s assisted living facility Moberly Manor. Photo: Google Maps

 

There have been no outbreaks of COVID-19 reported at seniors care facilities in the Interior Health Region, including in Revelstoke.

In a March 31 B.C. Covid-19 update, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed COVID-19 cases at 19 seniors care facilities in the province. The outbreaks are all in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions.

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Community Connections seeks donations for food access programs as numbers increase

In this file photo, Patti Larson, Community Connections Program, Director, Community Outreach & Development stands with a volunteer after sorting through donations received during the annual Emergency Services Food Drive. The organization has seen an increase in the number of people accessing its food programs recently, and is looking for donations to continue providing food for those in need. File photo: Community Connections

 

Community Connections is seeing an increase in the amount of people accessing its food programs.

In an email to the Mountaineer, Patti Larson Program, Director, Community Outreach & Development , said the number of people accessing the food programs is rising daily.

“At this time we are seeing more than double the demand on our food service programs and that number is only going up,” said Larson.

That increase in people accessing the programs has the organization seeking donations to ensure they can continue to provide food for those who need it. There are a variety of ways to make a donation including:

– Send an e-transfer to finance@community-connections.ca Make sure to include your full address and email to receive a tax receipt

-Online using the following link (select the program you wish to donate to from the drop-down menu): https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/905

-Add $2 to your grocery shopping at Save-On-Foods and Southside Market

Larson said food donations are also accepted and bins are located at Save On and Southside. Food must be unopened and not expired.

Community Connections recently made the decision to combine the Food Bank and Food Recovery programs in order to lessen the potential for spreading the COVID-19 virus. Food pickup takes place Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the alley behind the Community Connections Main Office located at 314 Second Street East. Entry to the alley is via Robson Avenue or McArthur Avenue. There is parking available in the First Street Parking Lot.

University professor creates plain-language COVID-19 assistance guide

File photo

 

Having trouble figuring out which government-funded COVID-19 financial aid programs you might qualify for?

Dr. Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management at Carleton University has compiled an easy to use, plain-language document listing all of the different provincial and federal programs.

“I compiled this document to help me and some fellow policy wonks make sense of the various programs. I realized that plain-language version might have broader interest so I made this public,” Robson wrote in the document.

Robson also stated she is updating the document as often and quickly as she is able to, and is reminding people that “[t]he benefits listed here are for people who really need them. This isn’t a time to try to grab all the money you can. These are programs for people who otherwise won’t make ends meet. If you need help, there is help available. No one needs to hoard. Not toilet paper, not money.”

You can view and download the document by clicking on the link here.

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre warns of COVID-19 scams

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre is warning the public about a number of scams related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Photo: Pixabay

 

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre is warning the public about a number of scams associated with the global COVID-19 outbreak, including questionable offers about miracle cures, herbal remedies, vaccinations and faster testing. There are also reports of people receiving fraudulent text messages about the federal government’s Emergency Response Benefit. If you receive such a text, do not click on the link.

The anti-fraud centre, which collects information on fraud and identity theft is reporting the following scams related to COVID-19:

-Fraudsters posing as cleaning or heating companies offering duct cleaning services or air filters to protect from COVID-19

-Fraudsters posing as local and provincial hydro/electrical power companies threatening to disconnect power for non-payment

– Fraudsters pretending to be with the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization offering fake lists for sale of COVID-19 affected people in your neighbourhood

– Fraudsters pretending to be with the Public Health Agency of Canada giving false results saying you have tested positive for COVID-19 and tricking you into confirming your health card and credit card numbers for a prescription

– Fraudsters pretending to be with Red Cross and other known charities offering free medical products, such as masks, for a donation

-Fraudsters pretending to be with various government departments and sending out coronavirus-themed phising emails, tricking you into opening malicious attachments and tricking you to reveal sensitive personal and financial details

-Fraudsters pretending to be financial advisors pressuring people to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease and offering financial aid and/or loans to help you get through the shut downs.

-Fraudsters posing as door to door sales people selling household decontamination services

-Fraudsters offer fast COVID-19 tests for sale and/or selling fraudulant producs claiming to treat or prevent the coronavirus.

The anti-fraud centre states on its website that only health care providers can perform tests to determine if someone has COVID-19 and that “no other tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate results.” For more information, including how to protect yourself from scammers visit The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website.

Have an update on COVID-19 you want to share?

Revelstoke, we need your help to keep the daily COVID-19 updates going. Each day, we will compile newsworthy local briefs about COVID-19, highlighting Revelstoke’s response. Do you have a story to share? Maybe you know someone who has gone above by offering to help out those who are isolated due to COVID-19? We want to know about it!

How can I make a submission?

The Mountaineer is only accepting submissions for the daily Revelstoke COVID-19 update via our Submit-A-Story feature (here’s the link). All submissions require a photo and a write-up of around 200 words.

Due to limited resources emailed submissions will not be accepted for inclusion in the daily update.