Local Resources & Government Announcements

Below you will find Powell River-Sunshine Coast local resources, as well as official information sources and websites to access and refer to during the COVID-19 health emergency.

PLEASE ‘bookmark’ this page, and refer back, as updates are made daily.


The Most Important Documents You Can Keep Track of Right Now:

๐Ÿ“ Click Here: COVID-19 Financial Assistance & Support

๐Ÿ“ Click Here: Summary of Government Announcements

(Documents will be updated regularly and may be printed for reference)

B.C. Cases of COVID-19*

โš ๏ธ General Info:

  • Total Confirmed Cases: 1066
  • New Cases up to Morning of April 1, 2020: 53
  • Deceased:ย 25
  • Hospitalized: 142 (across province) with 67 in critical care.
  • Fully Recovered: 606

โš ๏ธ Confirmed Cases by Health Authority:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health (our Health Authority): 497
  • Fraser Health: 367
  • Island Health: 72
  • Interior Health: 114
  • Northern Health: 16

*Information based on BC CDC test results.

๐Ÿ“ˆ B.C. Epidemic Curve and Age Distribution Table – as of March 20, 2020

๐Ÿ“ˆ Latest epidemiological modelling slides – from March 27, 2020 PHO Briefing

๐Ÿงช Testing:



  • Both constituency offices of MLA Nicholas Simons remain open, but by telephone, email, or virtual appointment only. This helps in our efforts to manage the COVID-19 virus. Please email or call, and leave a message if the line is busy. We would be pleased to hear from you.

โ†’ nicholas.simons.MLA@leg.bc.ca

โ†’ Powell River Office: 604-485-1249

โ†’ Sechelt Office: 604-741-0792


โ†’ Joint Statement from City of Powell River, qathet RD, and Tla’amin Nation: Local Governments ask visitors to avoid travelling to area.

โ†’ย SCRD Chair calls on visitors and part-time residents to stay home

โ„น๏ธ LOCAL NEWSPAPER WEBSITES – to keep up to date with COVID-19 related articles



  • ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ Sunshine Coast COVID Physician Task Force – Update 12 (March 27, 2020).
  • ๐Ÿ‘จโ€โš•๏ธ Powell River Physician COVID Steering Committee – March 28 Update

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It continues to be extremely important that everyone works to prevent the spread of this disease. Even if you do not personally feel like you are at risk of getting sick, we must each do our part to protect other, more vulnerable community members. Slowing transmission helps our health care system keep up with the disease.

  • ๐Ÿงผ Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 or more seconds. (Here’s a funny video of a song you can sing while washing your hands!)
  • ๐Ÿงผ Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is good, but soap and water is better!
  • ๐Ÿคง Sneeze/cough into your elbow.
  • โŒ Avoid touching your face.
  • ๐Ÿง๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธโฌ…๏ธโžก๏ธ๐Ÿง๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธMaintain 2M distance from others.
  • ๐Ÿก ๐Ÿค’ STAY HOME if you are sick – even if it is not COVID-19, you MUST self-isolate for 14 days.

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โ“Do I need testing?

โ“Do I need to stockpile food and supplies?

  • Our retail supply-chain providers have assured us they have an abundance of supply and are restocking regularly. There is no need to stockpile. PLEASE treat those in the service industry with respect.

โ“Where do I go if I have questions?

If you are looking for medical information about COVID-19:

  • Call: 8-1-1* โ˜Ž๏ธ

If you are looking for non-medical information about COVID-19:

  • Call: 1-888-COVID-19* โ˜Ž๏ธ
  • Text: 604-630-0300 ๐Ÿ“ฒ
  • Online: BC CDC

*Translation available in over 100 languages

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Official Information Sources

This is a regularly evolving situation, with changes on a day-by-day, and even hour-by-hour basis. Thus, please take note of the following links so that you can stay up to date with the most up-to-date information.

There are regular updates coming from the Ministry of Health and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, that include advice for the public. Here’s how you can stay up-to-date on the most recent news:

โ†’ BC Centre for Disease Control: @CDCofBC

โ†’ BC Government News: @BCGovNews

โ†’ Vancouver Coastal Health: @VCHhealthcare

โ†’ Minister of Health Adrian Dix: @adriandix

โ†’ Health Canada: @GovCanHealth

โ†’ Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada: @CPHO_Canada

โ†’ MLA Nicholas Simons: @NicholasSimons

Official Health Information on COVID-19

Be cautious of information you read about the virus online. Stick with reputable sources such as:

And remember: PLEASE STAY HOME ๐Ÿก



**Thank you to MLA Bowinn Ma for the template for this page**

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