COVID-19: Local Resources

Here is the latest update from Vancouver Coastal Health: VCH COVID-19 Update Oct 14th.

Health Resources

To speak to someone by phone about COVID-19, please call your physician, or 8-1-1.

Anyone looking for non-medical information about COVID-19, can call or text the provincial government at 1-888-268-4319 (1-888-COVID19) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

The Respiratory Assessment Clinic is now able to assess and test anyone on the Sunshine Coast who develops possible COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, difficulty breathing, a new runny nose, a sore throat, muscle aches, chills, headaches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. If you develop any of the listed symptoms, please call your family doctor or contact the Respiratory Assessment Clinic by phone at 604-740-1252 or by email at coastrespclinic@gmail.com. The clinic runs 7 days/week from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and is staffed by local physicians. It is intended for people living or staying on the Sunshine Coast and operates on an appointment-only basis. Walk-in patients are not permitted.

The Dental Association of BC has designated a dentist in each community to respond to dental emergencies. (Click here to see list of emergency clinics.) The list will change as dentists take turns being on call.

Sunshine Coast Physicians Task Force: for updates on what’s happening locally in our health care centres, please visit the Physician Task Force website.

Vancouver Coastal Health: For other localized information about COVID-19, please visit Vancouver Coastal Health’s website.

BC Centre of Disease Control: For information about how COVID-19 is affecting the province, please visit the BC Centre of Disease Control’s website.

Health Canada: For information on the Government of Canada’s response to COVID-19, please visit Health Canada’s website.

Social Supports

Sunshine Coast Community Services Society

The SCCSS has set up a COVID-19 Emergency Food and Essentials service for families and individuals who cannot afford food or essential items and are not able to access the Food Bank. To access this service, please call their hotline at 604.865.0832, Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. More information can also be found at sccss.ca.

The Sunshine Coast Community Task Force

This team of dedicated volunteer and community organizations is working together to connect people on the Sunshine Coast to the resources they need during the COVID-19 crisis. Information about local transit, health services, food delivery services, social services, financial assistance programs and more have been collected on this website. Alternately, please call 1-866-212-5025 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday) or email scctaskforce@gmail.com

Resources for Small Businesses

The Gibsons & District Chamber of Commerce gives the local business community a voice, and advocates to local, provincial and federal governments on behalf of its members to ensure that their concerns are being heard. Through the Gibsons Chamber, members may access benefits, partnerships, marketing, and networking opportunities.

Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization (SCREDO) and Community Futures Sunshine Coast have launched the Sunshine Coast Business Recovery Centre at www.scbrc.ca. The recovery centre is intended to be a one-stop online resource for local business owners adapting to new realities in our local markets since the onset of the global pandemic. Some of the resources and supports available include: local bridge financing, revising business plans, interpreting new operating guidelines, reducing commercial rent, exploring alternate sales channels, and succession planning. In addition to the website, staff can be reached by phone at 604-747-4696 or by email at help@scbrc.ca.

The BC Economic Development Association has assembled a number of business resources, including a COVID-19 Resources for BC Businesses Guide that contains 160+ pages of information including industry specific resources, utilities, insurance and banking information, links to webinars and more.