While COVID-19 cases continue to rise, volunteers in the valley are also rising up.

On Wednesday, March 18 MLA Doug Clovechok said two COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the Columbia River-Revelstoke riding, in Revelstoke and Golden. Testing has been taking place in the valley as well and results are pending.

“I wasn’t surprised,” Clovechok said. “Statistical probability is not in our favour … Statistically it’s going to find us … It’s a lot more serious than a lot of people are taking it for.”

Earlier in the day provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported that there are nine cases of COVID-19 in the Interior Health region, which covers the south-west area of the province including Kelowna and Revelstoke.

“It’s not just ‘them’ and ‘over there.’ It’s in your community too,” she said.

The next seven to 10 days are a critical time for everyone to work together to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19, she said, adding that the precautions residents take now will help society later.

As cases continue to rise, so do offers of help with residents reaching out to their neighbours. Now, thanks to Area F director Susan Clovechok, volunteer Laurie Klassen and the Columbia Valley Community Foundation’s website, would-be volunteers now have an online hub where they can offer their support to those in need.

Volunteers can sign up to collect groceries or deliver them, and those requiring support can request it online.

Visit https://volunteercv.ca/organizations/columbia-valley-covid-19-community-response to volunteer or to ask for help.