Please do not look to this outlet for lots of stories about the pandemic – there are already too many ‘information sources’ out there cluttering up the landscape and spreading misunderstanding feeding fears like an infodemic.
I do not wish to contribute to that.
I am not a health professional and will not be dispensing medical advice.
I will provide you links to official authorities regarding health and government. It is up to you to follow up on that – or not.
I strongly suggest that maintaining composure (and not giving in to fear) goes a long way to having a clear mind. That is essential to learn and plan to get through this period with outcomes we’d rather have than disasters we’d rather not.
IF local authorities deem it necessary hold public news ‘events’ (such as the media telephone news releases during flood response) I will attempt to bring those to you.
Interior Health now provides more information on COVID such as
locations where you can get tested on this page
locations and dates of public exposure on this page
The link on Public Exposures above is for Interior Health area only – if you are worried about some place or event you were at outside that area you should check with the BC CDC’s Public Exposure page.
BC Government News site for Health
British Columbia’s Centre for Disease Control (CDC) page on COVID
and their page on Public Exposures
Government of Canada’s Health Service page on COVID
World Health Organization
If you’re really interested Johns Hopkins has a Coronavirus Resource Centre with a real time tracking page
For local government you could check the RDKB or City of Grand Forks.
For general news I’d recommend responsible news outlets such as CBC, CTV, Global TV, National Post, Globe and Mail, New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and The Guardian for examples.
I’d advise you treat anything you read on an alternative news, alternative health, controversial or click-bait sites with suspicion. Especially miracle cures and conspiracy theories.
GFTV is a small, independent effort at bringing local TV-style news and events coverage to Grand Forks, B.C.
It’s a spin-off of the efforts started with the site Whats Up In Grand Forks(.com).
In whatsupgf we tried to show what was happening in the local community but found that real news didn’t really fit in the ‘booster’ role that whatsupgf was cast as … so we’re trying this as well. And if it works well we may fold whatsupgf into it.
You’re reading ‘we’ when many of you know there’s really just a ‘me’, Les Johnson. I’m using ‘we’ because I’m hoping I can entice others (like maybe you?) to help and contribute to this site. I’m local, you’re local. This is our community and we should be able to show the rest of the community what is happening and why without being beholden to some corporate headquarters elsewhere that have a ‘bigger picture’ to show. If we want to show a bigger picture then lets show it through the eyes of Grand Forks.Along those same lines of community spirited media and community building efforts I ran a little contest you might (or might not) have heard of called Show Off Grand Forks. If you make videos or music or art and want to help show the world what a nice / exciting / wholesome place Grand Forks can be to visit, or settle down in, then think about helping out. The contest is over but the effort continues. Visit showoffgrandforks.com for more information.