How Red Cross is responding to Coronavirus, COVID-19 in British Columbia & Yukon

Crates of Canadian Red Cross supplies

In the context of COVID-19, the Canadian Red Cross is adapting its practices to continue helping with emergencies and to support the various levels of government as part of their response to the pandemic.

At the request of the province of British Columbia, the Canadian Red Cross sent components of its field hospital together with a seven-person technical team to provide expertise and guidance on the set up and operation of the Vancouver Convention Health Centre. The field hospital and equipment are being used to augment existing health infrastructure in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. This operation demonstrates the strength of the Canadian Red Cross to adapt quickly to changing circumstances.

Here’s how the Red Cross is supporting people during this challenging time:

The Canadian Red Cross is providing care and comfort services to returning travellers at four isolation sites across the country, including Vancouver. In addition, the Canadian Red Cross is also supporting public authorities in providing services to people that do not have a residence to stay in for their 14-day isolation period. Supports could include lodging, food and incidentals for eligible individuals.

Our B.C. & Yukon Canadian Red Cross teams are continuing to work with communities to prepare for floods and wildfires, with the added considerations of a pandemic.

How you can help

The Canadian Red Cross is prepared and ready to support Canadians now during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the spring and summer as we anticipate floods, wildfires and other disasters that will affect families and communities. The best way you can support our work is with a donation now to the Canadian Emergencies & COVID-19 Response Fund.

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