Jesse Ketler, left, is chair of the Comox Valley Regional Emergency Operations Centre. File photo

Jesse Ketler, left, is chair of the Comox Valley Regional Emergency Operations Centre. File photo

Comox Valley prepared to help with self-isolation

The B.C. government has partnered with municipalities, non-profits and the hotel industry to support those who need a place to self-isolate during the coronavirus pandemic, and to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

As of last week, more than 900 spaces had been secured at 23 sites in B.C., including hotels, motels and community centres. New rooms and beds are helping homeless individuals, those without safe spaces to self-isolate and youth.

In March, local governments in the Comox Valley provided detailed information to the Province on public facilities. The Province requested the inventory in case facilities are needed for testing, medical care, self-isolation, warehousing and distribution.

“At this point, the Province has not requested the use of any local government facilities in the Comox Valley. The Comox Valley Regional Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and our Comox Valley jurisdictions are standing by to respond if needed, at the direction of the Province,” EOC chair Jesse Ketler said in a statement.

“Island Health is the lead on housing and treating vulnerable populations that require isolation due to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis. BC Housing and the Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness are supporting Island Health.”

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