Open letter from Fort St. John doctors on COVID-19

To my patients,

I am taking this unusual step to write to you personally regarding the COVID-19 virus. You will have heard the directive from our Provincial Health Officer, Dr Bonnie Henry, to self-isolate and practice social distancing.

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The time to act is now. Our province is in a state of emergency. What we do today will impact the health of British Columbians in the weeks to come.

Stay home unless absolutely necessary. No dinner parties. No shopping. No sports, not even outside. Instead, have coffee with a friend online.

Keep six feet or two metres away from everyone at all times. That’s about the width of a car or two length of two arms stretched out. Call your loved ones and tell them to do the same. Wash your hands, wash down common surfaces . Do not touch your faces without washing your hands afterwards.

Remind young people in your life that they can get sick from this virus. More importantly, they can be carriers and cause a lot of harm to parents, grandparents, and other loved ones.

We can do this, but we can’t wait one more hour or one more day. Let’s save lives, together.

Our clinics will be transitioning to virtual platforms for patient visits where it is clinically safe , unless they are emergency visits. Telephone consultations for those of you without computer access is also available.

Please contact your health care provider by telephone before going to the offices if you have symptoms such as fever , muscle aches ,tiredness, cough or runny nose . Please do not go to ER with those symptoms unless it is an emergency, without first calling the NH COVID-19 Online clinic 1-844-645-7811. Inform 911 if you have those symptoms, if you call them for an emergency

Please protect the health care workers who will be looking after you and your loved ones, and the other very vulnerable people already in hospital .

Thank you for everything you are all doing to protect the vulnerable in our community, by self isolating and practicing social distancing .

My very best wishes

Dr Carolyn Jones

On behalf of the Medical Staff Association, Fort St John Hospital and Hudsons Hope Medical Centre

Dr Kevin Page

Dr Jamie Wilkie

Dr Lukas Brand

Dr Carly Loomes

Dr Terry Hopkins

Dr David Courtney

Dr Paul Mackey

Dr Onome Diakparomre

Dr Nasi Saukila

Dr Danette Dawkin

Dr Natasha Desjardins

Dr Ghanwa Al-Saigh

Dr Derek Rolla

Dr Martin Nobar

Dr Pamela Jee

Dr Courtney Boyer

Dr Lida Hellqvist

Dr We'eam Abbas

Dr Jaber Hayarty

Dr Mark Thomson

Dr Teng

Dr Fola Olajide

Dr Abbi Olajide

Dr John Breen

Dr William Watt

Dr Bayo Oyedeji

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