The Village of Salmo is experiencing its first wave of COVID-19 with nine (9) confirmed cases to date.

I want to remind everyone that as of October 30, the Provincial Guidelines for gatherings is again limited to six (6) people, although at this time I would like to ask everyone to stay with immediate family so we can extricate this curve.

Currently, we urge everyone to remain calm and self-isolate. Wash your hands frequently, wear a mask if you must go out and practice physical distancing.

I understand there are mixed feelings about wearing a mask although I can reassure you a mask will make you aware of how many times you touch your face unconsciously and that can show oneself how easy it is to spread viruses.

In the interests of the safety of staff and residents, as a precaution, the Salmo Village office will remain closed to appointments for the next two weeks, at which time the situation will be re-assessed. Village staff remain healthy and are still working. They are available by telephone at the office (250) 357-9433 or via email at [email protected].

Salmo schools remain open.  It is up to Interior Health whether to open or close schools. Salmo Community Services remains closed to the public, and the Salmo Valley Library has closed for the next two weeks.  The Salmo Valley Youth and Community Centre remains open; however, programs are postponed.

If you have any symptoms get tested. You can book an appointment with the Interior Health Authority (IHA) online or by phone 1-877-740-7747 for Salmo.

IHA has extended testing in Salmo this week and will reevaluate for next week depending on how many are being tested in our community. This week Salmo testing hours are Monday to Friday, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.  Appointments are 10 minutes X 6 per hour with a lunch break between 12 -12:30 pm. People are also able to have a COVID test in Nelson, Trail or Castlegar.

They will not be testing asymptomatic people, so if you feel you may have been in contact with a positive person and you have do not symptoms please reduce contact with others. IHA contacts all positive cases and goes over what they and their families should do for the next two weeks.

Thank you to those in our community that have offered help to gather food or medicine for those that are ill. It is heartwarming to be a part of a community like this.

Stay Healthy Everyone!

Mayor Diana Lockwood

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