Revelstoke Mountaineer COVID-19 update: March 30

In today’s update, a local initiative to manufacture medical face masks, the Revelstoke Library offers a wide selection of online resources, the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society adapts its outreach services, the Revelstoke Community Response Network helps isolated and vulnerable adults, and Telus helps low income families by waiving Internet for Good fees.

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Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

The Mountaineer’s daily COVID-19 update is a community collaboration, providing a centralized information resource highlighting Revelstoke’s response to the public health and economic crisis.

In today’s update the Revelstoke Library offers a wide selection of online books, movies and more, the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society adapts its outreach services, the Revelstoke Community Response Network helps isolated and vulnerable adults, and Telus helps low income families by waiving Internet for Good fees.

Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Revelstoke FAB Lab, medical practioners, team-up to create reusable face shield

Dr. Bret Batchelor wearing an early prototype
based on an open source design. Photo: Revelstoke Idea Factory

The Revelstoke Idea Factory is working with local medical practitioners to 3D print a reusable face shield for emergency and medical staff to use when treating patients who have, or are suspected of having, COVID-19. A statement on the Revelstoke Idea Factory (FAB Lab) website said medical staff at Queen Victoria Hospital have given their approval and have already placed an order for 300 shields.

The Idea Factory has also started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise funds for the COVID-19 Community Project. All of the funds raised will go to purchase equipment and materials to make the face shields, as well as the production of any other medical supplies the Idea Factory can produce and may be needed to help fight COVID-19. Community Futures Revelstoke at the City of Revelstoke is helping with funding.

Production will increase over the next week. Volunteers with the Revelstoke Idea Factory are hoping to produce 100 before the end of March and 90 per day by April 2 for distribution to health care facilities. This is capacity-dependent on the arrival of 3D printing equipment, shield material and securing printing filament.

For more information about the Revelstoke Idea Factory, and their efforts to help fight COVID-19, visit their website here: https://www.revelstokeideafactory.ca/

Library services: we’re still here for you

Revelstoke librarian Lucy Bergeron puts the new Indigenous collection on the shelves at the library. Photo: Revelstoke library

Submitted by Okanagan Regional Library, Revelstoke Branch

The physical location of the Revelstoke Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library is currently closed, but there are still many library services available that you can access from home. Our website has many easy to follow tutorials to help you navigate our virtual library. Click here: Okanagan Regional Library

Cards

If you don’t currently have a card, you can now get a card online. This card will allow you to access our eresources. Click here: Ecard

Libby

To get ebooks and eaudiobooks onto your device, download the free Libby app onto your device. Click here: Libby

Ebooks and Eaudiobooks

Once you have a card you can choose from a large selection of ebooks and eaudiobooks. There are video tutorials to help you get started. Click here: ORL Ebooks and Eaudibooks

RB Digital Magazines and Press Reader

You can access hundreds of newspaper and  magazine titles online. Click here:Press Reader and RB Digital Magazines

Indieflix and Naxos Music Library

Need a break from Netflix and Spotify? The library has some great alternative options. Click here: Emovies and Emusic

Lynda.com and Rosetta Stone

Take the opportunity to pick up some new skills – there are hundreds of great tutorials and courses at Lynda.com. Or pick up a new language using Rosetta Stone! Click here: Lynda.com and Rosetta Stone

ORL Eresources

Working on your car, fixing up your house, writing a scholarly paper,  or just in the mood for some virtual travel? Check out the ORL’s eresources, including Auto Repair Source, the BC Codes online, Academic Search Elite, and Global Road Warrior. Click here: ORL Eresources

Kids and Teens

There are a lot of great resources for kids and teens on the ORL website, including read along books, educational videos, book lists, personalized reader’s advisories, and online encyclopedias. Click here: Kids and Teens

Check out our Facebook page for links to great online resources, fun activities to do with your kids, and reader’s advisories of all kinds. Click here: Revelstoke Library

Help

Having trouble accessing any of this? We can help! Email us: Help@orl.bc.ca

Women living in abusive situations at increased risk

The Revelstoke Women’s Shelter provides options for women fleeing abuse. Photo: Unsplash

The Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society says women living in abusive situations are at an increased risk due to increased stress levels in the home. Lisa Cyr, RWSS grants and communications coordinator, said there are a variety of reasons for increased stress levels in the home including loss of employment, loss of social outlets, and/or increased time in a confined space. Women living in abusive situations have also now lost access to places they can retreat to such as friends houses or work.

“Decreased privacy in the home may also make it harder for them to leave. If you know of, or hear any abuse, please call the police,” Cyr said in an email to the Mountaineer.

Women who are looking for support and services through the RWSS should contact the crisis line at 250-837-1111. Women are asked to phone prior to coming to the shelter.

Cyr said the shelter is following procedures and recommendations made by the BC Society of Transition Houses to mitigate any spread of the virus, which includes following intake guidelines and safety planning with women.

Women’s Shelter outreach groups, Revelstoke Community Response Network offer support to isolated and vulnerable adults

Children shovel snow in Revelstoke. Photo: Revelstoke Community Response Network

The Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society men’s and women’s outreach groups have modified their services due to COVID-19. The Moving Mountains Men’s Outreach Group and the Moving Forward Women’s Outreach Group are now offering various forms of emotional support online and via telephone.

Moving Mountains men’s outreach group:

-one on one phone support

-video/phone conference model for group “meet ups”

Coordinator: Taha Attiah

email: movingmountains@telus.net

phone: 250-837-1572

Moving Forward women’s outreach group:

-one on one phone support

-well-being links (via email) such as trauma informed yoga, meditation, etc.

Coordinator: Anneliese Neweduk

email: movingforward@telus.net

phone: 250-814-8387

The outreach programs, along with the Revelstoke Community Response Network are offering various supports for isolated and vulnerable adults in the community. Cyr said this includes emotional supports, referrals to services and support obtaining food, medication, mail, shoveling and any other kind of support needed.

If you know of a vulnerable adult that could use some help with shopping or obtaining other essentials, or if you would like to volunteer to help contact revycrn@gmail.com.

Free legal advice for businesses

Mackenzie Peak Law Group is offering free legal advice for businesses. Photo: Pixabay

Submitted by Mackenzie Peak Law Group

Mackenzie Peak Law Group is offering free legal advice to businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. The Law Group is waiving the fees for its Council on Call Program until May 15, 2020.

Information about the program on the Mackenzie Peak website states it is a “legal subscription program that gets a lawyer involved in the day to day life of your business. We’ll proactively identify risks and come up with a plan to manage them before they turn into costly headaches. You’ll have the advantage of consulting with us on issues as they arise, without worrying about the cost.”

More information on how Mackenzie Peak is adapting its service during COVID-19 can be found here.

Telus waiving fees on good internet for good program

Telus is helping low income families by waiving fees for its Internet for Good Program. Photo: Pixabay.

Telus is waiving fees on its Internet for Good Program to help low income families during the COVID-19 crisis. In a March 27, 2020 media statement, Telus said it would automatically waive fees for the program for the next two months.

More than 200,000 families currently qualify for the program, which offers low cost monthly internet service at $9.95 per month, as well as access to a low cost computer and free digital literacy training. Introduced in 2016, Telus Internet for Good formed the basis for the federal government’s Connecting Families Initiative.

“By increasing our support for low-income Canadians through our Internet for Good program, we are helping families prioritize their well-being during this pandemic.” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of TELUS.

In addition to waiving fees on the Internet for Good program Telus is also helping customers by:

-Waiving home internet charges for customers without unlimited data plans until April 30

-Waiving all Easy Roam, Travel Passes and pay-per-use roaming charges for postpaid and small business customers until April 30

-Offering flexible payment options for consumer and small business customers who have been financially affected by the crisis.

For the latest information about TELUS’ support during the crisis, visit telus.com/covid19.

Cleaning industry experts offer tips on keeping homes clean during COVID-19

Cleaning industry experts will take to Twitter March 31 to offer tips on cleaning during COVID-19. Photo: Pixabay

Home appliance and cleaning industry experts are offering tips on how to keep your home clean and functional during COVID-10. A virtual chat will take place on Twitter on Tuesday, March 31 from 11 a.m. tp 12p.m. PST. Hosted by the leading trade associations for the home appliance and cleaning industries, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and American Cleaning Institute, topics during the chat include:

-How to adapt kitchens and other areas to accommodate new demands like telework and homeschooling

-Kitchen cleaning and organization to facilitate easy transition between tasks

-Maintaining a calming environment in the home

-Appliance use and cleaning tips that can make time at home easier, safer and more efficient.

To join the conversation from your Twitter handle using the hashtag #WeAreHome.

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 know someone in the health care industry, who is on the frontlines helping fight the COVID-19 crisis here in Revelstoke? Maybe a care aid, nurse or even an instrument sterilization technician? We want to share their stories.

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.