Dr. Trina Larsen Soles recommends cotton face coverings, as they are the most effective. (Claire Palmer photo)

Dr. Trina Larsen Soles recommends cotton face coverings, as they are the most effective. (Claire Palmer photo)

Golden’s physicians warn of second wave

It is now expected that everyone wear a mask while indoors in public places

As COVID-19 cases spike across B.C. and our province firmly enters the anticipated second wave of the pandemic, Dr. Trina Larsen Soles of the Physicians of Golden warns we are on the cusp of a dire situation.

“One reason that we’re a bit better off than other provinces is that 80-90 per cent of our cases can still be traced,” said Larsen Soles.

“In Ontario in some places, they’ve had to stop contact tracing because there’s so many cases. So far we’re walking that line and if we pull it in now, we can still be one of the model provinces for the country.”

Larsen Soles emphasized that the majority of cases are coming from gatherings in people’s homes and once again reiterated her message that we need to reign in our social interactions and stick with a social bubble of six people.

She also says it’s more important than ever heading into cold and flu season to wash and sanitize your hands while staying six feet apart and wearing a mask.

“Its not a public health order yet, but it’s an expectation that everyone wear a mask in public spaces and in business.

“That means when you go inside you should be wearing a mask and the employees should be wearing masks.”

Larsen Soles also emphasized public health orders are basically short-term laws for the state of emergency that Dr. Bonnie Henry declared back in March.

Violating a public health order is subject to fines or even arrest, although it us up to the Public Health Authorities to enforce.

Public health orders include quarantining while waiting for tests results.

“You are not allowed to be out and about while waiting for tests results,” said Larsen Soles.

“You can call public health to report people who are violating these orders and they’ve been shutting down parties and issuing fines in bigger city centres.

“The bottom line is if you suspect you might have COVID or if you’re waiting for a test, you need to isolate until you get your result.”

Moving into the second wave, Larsen Soles believes that Golden is in a good situation, considering how remote it is and how pro-active people have been.

“Take the Bistro, for instance. I thought they were incredibly proactive and made a decision on how to best keep the community safe.

“It was amazingly forward thinking of them.

“If more people thought in terms of keeping each other safe instead of doing the bare minimum, we wouldn’t be having this many cases.”

She’s also encouraged by the plan that Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has put out.

She finds it to be more vigilant and comprehensive than some other resort public health safety plans she has seen.

While many wear a buff while they ski, Larsen Soles said often those aren’t very effective as face coverings as the polyester is too thin.

She suggested all face coverings should be made from cotton to ensure the best protection.

With flu season around the corner, Larsen Soles says it’s more important than ever to get the flu shot.

Appointments are available at the medical clinic while walk-ins being accepted at the pharmacy.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Okanagan College students Michael Ochoa and Tallin Gregoire, both members of the Okanagan Indian Band, raised the Okanagan Nation Alliance flag on July 16, 2019,  outside the Vernon campus. (Karissa Gall photo)
First Nations reconciliation personified at Okanagan College

President Jim Hamilton’s foresight has opened post-secondary education doors for Okanagan College’s Indigenous students

Movie crews filmed a holiday parade in Summerland in July. The parade, filmed on Main Street in Summerland, is for the movie, The Christmas Yule Blog. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: Test your knowledge of holiday movies and television specials

The festive season is a time for relaxing and enjoying some seasonal favourites

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
47 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health region

1,538 total cases, 399 are active, ten in hospital

Employees at The Bargain! Shop pose with Santa at last year’s toy drive. There will be no photos with Santa this year to keep him healthy for Christmas, but the toy drive will be back for a fourth year. (Claire Palmer photo)
Fourth annual toy drive fundraiser underway

The Bargain! Shop is looking to raise $5,000 locally

A B.C. Ambulance Service paramedic wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 moves a stretcher outside an ambulance at Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest weekend of COVID-19 pandemic with 46 deaths; more than 2,300 cases

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides COVID-19 update

Salmon Arm RCMP officers attended two public COVID-19 demonstrations held in Salmon Arm on Saturday, Nov. 28.  (File photo)
Organizer of Salmon Arm COVID-19 demonstration fined $2,000 by RCMP

Police said some participants weren’t aware of the public health order prohibiting gatherings

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Sunny the cat, who jumped out of the truck at the Revelstoke Landfill earlier this month, was quickly reunited with his owners. (Contributed)
Cat returns home with the help of two landfill workers

Sunny jumped out of the truck at the landfill in November

Christy Jordan-Fenton is the co-author of the book Fatty Legs, which has been mentioned amid the controversy of an Abbotsford school assignment on residential schools.
Fatty Legs co-author responds to Abbotsford class assignment on residential schools

Children’s book mentioned amid controversy at W. A. Fraser Middle School

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka takes over as energy and mines critic for the B.C. Liberal opposition. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick (right) moves from health critic to assistant deputy speaker. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Liberals pick critics to take on Horgan’s NDP majority

Interim leader Shirley Bond takes seniors, long-term care

An impaired driver was found responsible for a crash on Highway 97 near Seacrest Hill in Oliver Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 in Oliver. (Black Press file photo)
Impaired driver rolls vehicle in violent crash near Oliver

Vehicle crashed through a fence, tree and telephone line

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland listens to a question from a reporter on the phone during a news conference in Ottawa, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Spending too little worse than spending too much, Freeland says as Canada’s deficit tops $381B

‘The risk of providing too little support now outweighs that of providing too much’

Still from a video surveillance camera of a man alleged to have stolen from several people at knife-point in Chilliwack (Rosedale) early on Nov. 28, 2020. (Facebook)
B.C. man defends his family against intruder, saves neighbour while wielding hockey stick

RCMP looking for footage that captures violent crime spree in Chilliwack

Most Read