Selfadvocatenet.com coverage of the Corona Virus Pandemic

Attention Self Advocates

 

The selfadvocatenet.com coverage of the Corona Virus pandemic also called COVID 19  is intended to inform Self Advocates  by bringing you daily updates and information regarding this life threatening situation so you stay healthy and safe.  

We encourage all Self Advocates to follow the Ministry of Health guidelines so we can stop the spread of this virus quickly. We each must do our part to protect ourselves and our communities.   If you have an issue let us know we are here to support one another.

Message that selfadvocatenet.com is wanting to let you know:  If you are out touching public surfaces, debit card machines, door handles at the grocery store DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE until you can wash your hands.  Wash your hands WELL, scrub for at least 20 seconds and don’t touch your face .  

Stay home if you are sick.  If you are sneezing cover your mouth with your arm.  Practice social isolation by staying 2 meters or at least 2 arm lengths away from everyone.  If you take the bus sit a few seats away from the next person.

By practicing these guidelines we will be doing our part as citizens to keep everyone safe.  When you are at home make sure your surroundings are cleaned regularly.  Frequently wipe down things you touch a lot like door handles, light switches, telephones, countertops , bathrooms etc.   

Make sure you reach out to service providers, family and friends if you are uncertain.  Only go out if it is necessary like going shopping or to the drug store. 

 All the best from the Sans Team.

 

World Health Organization has now called it Pandemic Officially 

To help reduce your risk of infection:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection.
  • If a sink is not available, alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them.
  • Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.
  • Handwashing poster

Will wearing a mask protect me? 

Masks should be used by sick people to prevent transmission to other people. A mask will help keep a person’s droplets in.
It may be less effective to wear a mask in the community when a person is not sick themselves. Masks may give a person a false sense of security and are likely to increase the number of times a person will touch their own face (e.g., to adjust the mask).

Health-care workers will wear surgical masks, eye protection and gowns in order to protect themselves and other patients. During health-care procedures in which aerosol sprays may be generated (for example, when giving certain inhaled medications), health-care workers should wear specialized masks.

Protecting loved ones

Follow the same advice that public health officials recommend for the cold and flu season: wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoid others who are unwell, and stay home when you are sick.
The most important thing you can do to prevent coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
Cover your mouth when you cough so you’re not exposing other people. If you are sick yourself, stay away from others. Contact your health-care provider ahead of time so you can be safely assessed.

What if I have a chronic condition?

Current information suggests that older people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease are at higher risk of developing more severe illness or complications from COVID-19. If you are at higher risk for COVID-19 complications, follow general preventative strategies against infection, and should you become ill, seek medical help early.
This Information on website called BC Centre for Disease Control go to their website click Here
Self Advocate Leadership Network Covig 19 information refer to SALN Website at
latest SALN Weekly News Sheet #8 from May 22nd,2020 is out in this news-sheet is on
what the Self-Advocate Leadership Network is doing.
(Just click on picture below to get copy on document)

Here it is the Covig 19 videos made by SAS and SALN. go to this link to watch it click here

or click on picture below where see picture of videos below

Also Some Grocery Stores will allow  Seniors and People with Disabilities to shop in stores in Mornings

 

CACL coverage of the covid 19 check it out here

CloudMD See a doctor on your phone CloudPractice Inc

Request or Donate Supplies to Support B.C.’s COVID-19 Response

 

Counseling  places that can call if need talk to someone self advocates affected by Covid 19

 

Dorothy Hyslop (Counsellor that was at Leadership Retreat) is willing to provide free counselling  to Self Advocates affected by COVID-19.  please contact Dorothy Hyslop at 604-765-1039 and leave a message or

Email her at dorothyhyslop1associates@gmail.com

 Illuminating Counselling Services

Practicing social distancing does not mean counselling services are not available. We have the means to assist you via telephonic means or web applications.

I am aware that this pandemic has increased anxiety and depression for many. Please know that I am available for you.

Illuminating Counselling Services at  www.advicecounselling.com.

Rosemary Fromson, RPC, MPCC-S

Email her at  rjfroms@telus.net; Phone: 604-302-9648

 

While #COVID19 has affected the lives of all Canadians, the Public Health Agency of Canada has identified certain populations, such as persons with disabilities, that are at an increased risk for infection and may be more impacted by isolation measures.
Our new infographic provides a snapshot of the potential challenges they may face during the pandemic: http://ow.ly/N6vl50Aqx1d.

 

This where Federal Govt of Canada news here 

Government legislation to support Canadian workers, businesses, persons with disabilities, and legal rights receives Royal Assent

News release

July 27, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support Canadians and protect jobs during the global COVID-19 pandemic, and to position them for a strong and safe economic restart in the wake of the crisis.

Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, today received Royal Assent, ensuring that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will continue to protect jobs by helping businesses keep employees on the payroll and encouraging employers to re-hire workers previously laid off.  The broader and better targeted CEWS will make sure that Canadian workers and businesses are in a better position as our economy safely re-opens.

Specifically, the changes introduced in Bill C-20 will:

  • Allow the extension of the CEWS until December 19, 2020, including redesigned program details until November 21, 2020.
  • Make the subsidy more accessible to a broader range of employers by providing a gradually decreasing base subsidy to all eligible employers that are experiencing a decline in revenues. This will help many struggling employers with less than a 30-per-cent revenue loss get support to keep and bring back workers, while also ensuring those who have previously benefited could still qualify, even if their revenues recover and no longer meet the 30 per cent revenue decline threshold.
  • Introduce a top-up subsidy of up to an additional 25 per cent for employers that have been most adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This will be particularly helpful to employers in industries that are recovering more slowly.
  • Provide certainty to employers that have already made business decisions for July and August by ensuring they will not receive a subsidy rate lower than they would have under the previous rules.
  • Address technical issues with the CEWS identified by stakeholders, for example by providing continuity rules to address circumstances where an employer purchased all or substantially all of another entity’s business assets.
  • Make the proposed amendments to the CEWS previously introduced in Bill C-17, An Act respecting additional COVID-19 measures.

By helping workers transition back to their jobs and supporting businesses as they increase revenues, these changes will ensure that Canada comes back strong with businesses that are competitive and workers who are able to more quickly get back to work, thanks to the CEWS.

Bill C-20 will also allow for the sharing of information to facilitate the delivery of a one-time payment for persons with disabilities. The Government is moving forward with a non-taxable and non-reportable payment of up to $600 to approximately 1.7 million eligible individuals who:

  • Are holders of a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate (eligible persons not yet in possession of such a certificate will be able to apply for one up to 60 days after today’s Royal Assent to be considered for the one-time payment);
  • Currently receive Canada Pension Plan disability benefits or Quebec Pension Plan disability benefits; or
  • Are in receipt of disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Canadians, businesses and other organizations may be unable to meet time limits set out in federal legislation, including those for civil court cases and some key regulatory matters.  The Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) enacted through Bill C-20 retroactively suspends time limits in civil litigation proceedings and allows federal ministers to make temporary orders to extend or suspend time limits in specific federal legislation for which they are responsible. This new Act will minimize unintended legal consequences on Canadians and Canadian businesses during these difficult times.

The government continues to assess and respond to the impacts of COVID-19, and stands ready to take additional actions as needed to stabilize the economy and mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.

Quotes

“As we continue to safely restart the economy, many Canadian businesses and workers are continuing to face significant challenges and uncertainty.  With the Royal Assent of Bill C-20, our government is once again showing workers and businesses that we have their back.  The re-designed Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will ensure that more Canadian workers can count on the support they need to return to work as our economy safely re-opens.”

– Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

“Our Government recognizes that persons with disabilities have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Last month, we announced a one-time, tax-free payment of $600 that will help Canadians with disabilities with extraordinary expenses incurred during the pandemic. Today’s Royal Assent means 1.7 million Canadians with disabilities will be eligible for this one-time, tax-free payment. We will continue to work closely with the disability community to ensure Canadians with disabilities and their families are supported through the pandemic, the restart and the economic recovery.”

– Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

“Access to justice is fundamental to a just and fair Canadian society. In these difficult times, we understand Canadians and Canadian businesses may need more time to meet important legal time limits. We must do what we can to minimize unintended legal consequences and remove needless obstacles they may face. The Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) will allow the continued protection of Canadian’s rights and access to justice through this pandemic.”

– David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Quick facts

  • The government introduced the CEWS, as part of its COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, in order to prevent further job losses, encourage employers to rehire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, and help better position Canadian companies and other employers to more easily resume normal operations following the crisis.
  • Since its launch, about 3 million Canadian employees have had their jobs supported through the CEWS, and that number continues to grow.
  • The enhancements to the CEWS contained in Bill C-20 were announced by the Finance Minister on July 17, 2020, and the receipt of Royal Assent today will allow the CEWS to be extended until December 19, 2020, including redesigned program details until November 21, 2020.
  • For persons with disabilities, this legislation extends the one-time payment of $600 to include persons with disabilities who are beneficiaries as of June 1, 2020 of Canada Pension Plan Disability benefits, Quebec Pension Plan Disability benefits, or one of the disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada.
  • The Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) has a retroactive effect regarding civil court proceedings to March 13, 2020, and allows for retroactive effect regarding other time limits, to ensure the protection of Canadians’ legal rights from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Associated links

This on Canada Govt Website go to the link here

 

The Canadian Association For Community Living update will be here

 

 

 

People First of Canada Covig 19 information will be here

 

 

 

Povnet COVID-19 Information Here

 

Weekly Update for individuals and families

 

 

CLBC Weekly Update for Individuals & Families  July 17th,2020 go to this link click here 

Welcome to the July 31 edition of CLBC’s Update for Individuals and Families. As a reminder, you can find all Updates (including past editions) posted on our website here. If you know of anyone who would like to receive future Updates, please share the link to our sign up page with them. If you have a specific question, or feedback about this update, you can send an email to CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca.

CLBC and Government News

Temporary emergency supports extended for July and August

On July 21, CLBC was pleased to share that temporary emergency funding has been extended to August 31 to help people with developmental disabilities continue to stay supported and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residential service providers, including Direct Funded Standard agents, Person-Centered Societies and providers for group homes, home sharing and supported independent living, can apply for emergency funding for July and / or August.

Information for how service providers can request funding by the deadline of August 17 is posted on the CLBC website here.

Nominate someone for a special COVID edition WOW Award!

Every year, CLBC’s Widening Our World (WOW) Awards celebrate British Columbians who are making their communities more inclusive. This year we are inviting you to help us honour the courageous people who are helping people stay connected and included during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We know people are using many innovative ways to stay in touch, to create friendships and a sense of belonging.  We want to hear the stories about how people have showed courage, leadership and creativity to keep individuals connected during COVID-19.

Full details, as well as the nomination form for the 2020 WOW Awards, will be posted on the CLBC website here as of tomorrow, August 1. The nomination period will be open until Monday, August 31 at 5:00p.m.

BC Centre for Disease Control provides map of COVID-19 Collection Centres

A Collection Centre is a place you can go to be assessed and tested for COVID-19.  If you have been at a location where someone tested positive for COVID-19, remember to monitor yourself for symptoms, limit your contact with others and call 8-1-1 to arrange for testing if any symptoms develop.

Click here to see the online map that can be used to a find Collection Centre near you.

Indigenous Tourism BC encourages travelers to respect community travel bans

As travel and gathering restrictions ease in British Columbia, many Indigenous tourism operators prepare to welcome guests. Others maintain strict emergency response measures, including closure for the remainder of 2020. Visit Indigenous Tourism BC’s “How to Travel Responsibly” webpage here for important things to consider if you’re planning an Indigenous travel experience in B.C. this summer.

Tips for going out safely from the Government of Canada

Even though parts of our communities are beginning to open, it’s important to think about the level of risk with certain activities and what you can do to stay safe in different settings.
Visit the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 website for easy-to-understand graphics like this one about going out safely in community. You can also watch a video version of the tips here.

Staying connected and supported

New Men’s Virtual Support Group with Family Caregivers of BC

Caregiving can be extremely rewarding, but also exhausting and, at times, isolating. Family Caregivers of BC helps support caregivers with all aspects of their journey. Click here to learn about their virtual support groups. This includes the new monthly B.C. Men’s Virtual Caregiver Support Group which takes place the second Tuesday of every month. Anyone interested in joining can call 1-877-520-3267 ext. 1 or email cgsupport@familycaregiversbc.ca.

The caregiver support line is also available Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm by calling 1-877-520-3267.

COVID-19: Social Visitation Essentials Course

Family Caregivers of BC and SafeCare BC are offering a self-paced, online course for those who would like to visit a family member or friend residing in a long-term care home or assisted living residence, as permitted by the care home’s safety plan and regional public health direction.

The COVID-19: Social Visitation Essentials course offers:

  • an introduction to COVID-19
  • details on where British Columbians can find current and reliable COVID-19 information
  • instructions on how to help slow the transmission of COVID-19, including proper hand hygiene techniques and mask wearing practices

Learn more about the course here, including instruction on how to register.

FSI launches Learning Explorations free online workshops from August to October

The Family Support Institute (FSI) is launching free online workshops available to all families and individuals from August to October. Click here to learn about workshop topics and upcoming sessions like Person Centered Planning and MyBooklet BC.

You can also follow the FSI Facebook page here to stay updated on any new sessions that are added.

Sibling Research Survey

The Sibling Collaborative and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario are conducting a survey called “How are you and your adult sibling with a developmental disability being affected by COVID19?”
If you are a sibling of an adult with a developmental disability, click here to learn about how you can take part.

Self Advocate Corner

New videos from Self Advocates of Semiahmoo

Check out these new videos from Self Advocates of Semiahmoo in Surrey to remind us about keeping a safe distance and how we can still stay connected during COVID-19:

Special Olympics School of Strength

Looking for a workout routine you can do from the inside of your home?
The School of Strength video series features Special Olympics Canada athletes and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star Becky Lynch guiding you through a workout program designed for all abilities and fitness levels. Click here to get started.


Stories of hope and encouragement

Banishing fear and anxiety one button at a time

When visiting the hospital, some people can have feelings of anxiety or fear, even more so when the faces of medical staff are hidden behind masks. That’s why caregivers at BC Women’s and BC Children’s hospitals are wearing photo buttons that show their smiling faces. Click link to learn more about the recently-launched Behind the Mask program and how it came about.

Updated Support and Connection Toolkit highlights resources and activities

In each edition of this update, we share an updated version of the Support and Connection Toolkit which gathers links to resources and activities into one document for easy access. See the most updated document here.

Signing off

We’re signing off this week with a message reminding us that although change can be a challenge for many of us, sometimes it can also be something we embrace. Until next edition!

CLBC  Update  August 7th,2020 go to this link click here 

PPE Available for Purchase Through
Provincial COVID-19 Supply Hub
August 7th,2020

Dear CLBC Service Providers –

To support B.C.’s Restart Plan, the Province is working to buy and distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies to those delivering certain public services and serving vulnerable British Columbians. We know that most of you have already invested in PPE supplies to prepare yourself for a potential second wave of COVID-19 in the fall but we want to make you are aware of work that has been done at a Provincial level.

The Provincial Supply Chain Coordination Unit initially focused its efforts on supply for the health sector. Now that there is a stabilized supply for front-line health care workers, the Province is making supplies available to eligible organizations listed at www.gov.bc.ca/supplyhub.  Broader public sector organizations, including contracted social service providers, are eligible to purchase the products required to operate safely, in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety regulations and guidance from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer. Please email COVID19Request@gov.bc.ca with any questions regarding the list of eligible organizations.

Products now (or soon) available for sale on the COVID-19 Supply Hub include masks, gloves, gowns, goggles, industrial cleaner, disinfectant cleaner, bleach and hand sanitizer. Additional products may become available. These products are intended to supplement, not replace, your current supply sources, as needed.

To support employees within your organization who would be responsible for making such requests, government is holding two optional technical briefing sessions for users of the new ordering system. Those will take place:

  • Wednesday, August 12 from 10:00am to 11:00am
  • Wednesday, August 12 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Please use the Zoom login details below. Feel free to forward this email and ask those attending to add to their calendar.

These Zoom login details apply to both the morning and afternoon sessions:

Meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/99181929061

Meeting ID: 991 8192 9061

Phone one-tap:  +17789072071,,99181929061# or 8557038985,,99181929061# (Toll Free)

Join by Telephone:

For higher quality, dial a number based on your current location.

Canada: +1 778 907 2071 or 855 703 8985 (Toll Free)

The government continues to encourage all organizations to use every effort to employ risk mitigation strategies to reduce the need for these critical supplies, following guidance on the appropriate use of PPE from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, the BC Centre for Disease Control and the First Nations Health Authority.

If you have questions at this time, please email COVID19request@gov.bc.ca.

Ross Chilton
CEO
Community Living BC

 

B.C.’s strong fiscal response, economic foundation support people

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 News update from DABC be here

Inclusion BC responds to Covid 19 Pandemic News Headlines

Pandemic supports to continue through the summer

 

 

 

 

Revised “Essential Visits” policy now supports people with disabilities during hospital visits

Page 3 Family and Visitor Policy click on picture below see document

B.C.’s Response to COVID-19 Last updated: August 7th,2020

click on picture below

Hear is updates from BC Govt heath minister

Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

Victoria Friday, August 7, 2020 3:00 PM

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:“Today, we are announcing 53 new cases, including three epi-linked cases, for a total of 3,934 cases in British Columbia.“There are 386 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 3,353 people who tested positive have recovered.“There are 11 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, four of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.“Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,167 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 2,069 in the Fraser Health region, 147 in the Island Health region, 389 in the Interior Health region, 93 in the Northern Health region and 69 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.“There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 195 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.“There has been one new health-care facility outbreak at Derby Manor in the Fraser Health region. In total, five long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility have active outbreaks.“There are no new community outbreaks. However, there continue to be community exposure events throughout the province and on flights into and out of British Columbia.“Alerts are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s website, as well as on health authorities’ websites, providing details on where the potential exposure occurred and what actions you need to take – whether you need to immediately self-isolate, or monitor for symptoms.“As we see new COVID-19 hot spots emerge and the new cases creep up in every health authority, we have to keep our firewall strong. Like a wildfire, COVID-19 has the potential to rapidly burn out of control and we need to put out these flare-ups.

“Today, more than 1,500 people throughout our province are self-isolating, unable to leave their home unless it is to get medical care, because they have COVID-19 or have had a high-risk exposure to the virus. This is a concern and something we can change.

“We can make a difference and we know what we need to do, because we have done so already. We are calling on everyone to make COVID-19 safety our way of life – this weekend and every weekend.

“In step with our increased interactions comes the need to ensure we are taking the steps to protect ourselves and those around us. We have adapted our activities, put layers of protection in place and safely restarted our province.

“Now is not the time to relax and let down our guard. Let’s keep our bubbles small, use our layers of protection and give people the space to stay safe.

“We have been leaders in how to protect our communities and how to restart our economy. Let’s continue to be the place that leads with kindness and compassion, that works together and keeps COVID-19 low and slow.

“This weekend, let’s continue to hold the line and remember that we can keep our curve flat. We can continue to do that by staying committed to each other.”

Quick Facts:

  • Assisted living, long-term care homes and seniors’ rental buildings with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks are as follows:
    • Vancouver Coastal Health:
      • Holy Family Hospital long-term care facility
      • Richmond Lions Manor long-term care facility
    • Fraser Health
      • Dania Home long-term care facility
      • Maple Ridge Seniors Village long-term care facility
      • Derby Manor independent-living facility

Learn More:

For mental health and anxiety support, visit: www.bouncebackbc.ca
Or: www.anxietycanada.com

If you have plans this weekend, follow Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Good Times Guide: https://goodtimes.gov.bc.ca/

For a listing of the community exposure events, go to:
BCCDC (flights, work sites, etc): http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures
Fraser Health: fraserhealth.ca/covid19exposure
Interior Health: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/public-exposures/
Island Health: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/outbreaks-and-exposures
Northern Health: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/outbreaks-and-exposures
Vancouver Coastal: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/public-exposures

For B.C.’s surgical renewal plan and the first report on its progress from July 21, visit:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0228-001337

For more information about BC’s Restart Plan, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews
YouTube: www.youtube.com/ProvinceofBC

This in on BC Govt website go to the link here

 Victoria Monday August 10th,2020

 

 

COVID-19: Going Forward update July 20th,2020

B.C. COVID-19 response update

HERE YOU WILL FIND THE LATEST DATA ON COVID-19 CASES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.

JULY 20th,2020

This on website called BC Center for Disease Control website click here

 

Message from the Ministry of Children and Family Development

Hello,

To help keep you informed on the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s response to COVID-19, we will be providing updates on the ministry’s website (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/covid-19-information).

Check back regularly for information and updates specific to Caregivers, Contracted Residential Agencies, community-based service providers, child care operators, and youth/families receiving supports from the ministry.

 

TransLink COVID-19 Update

Mandatory Face Covering Policy

 

  • Beginning Monday, August 24, TransLink will require customers to wear non-medical masks or face coverings while on-board transit vehicles.
    • Although Transit Police will be able to enforce a rule or signage requiring face coverings on transit, the initial focus of this policy will be on awareness and education.
    • Frontline employees may inform or remind customers to wear a face covering when on-board transit vehicles.
  • There are a number of important exemptions to this policy, which include:
    • Anyone with an underlying medical condition or disability which inhibits the ability to wear a mask or face covering;
      • These customers will have the option to request a TransLink branded card which notes they are exempt from wearing a face covering.
      • The cards will be made available at Compass Customer Service Centres at Stadium-Chinatown and Waterfront Stations.
    • Persons unable to place or remove a mask or face covering without assistance;
    • Children under 5 years of age;
    • Employees working behind a physical barrier or within areas designated for employees and not for public access (including Bus Operators while driving behind a barrier);
    • Police, employees, or first responders in an emergency.
  • This step is essential to ensuring customers have confidence riding transit as British Columbia’s economy continues to reopen and more people commute around the region.
    • Rebuilding transit ridership is crucial as our region’s economy reopens and road congestion returns. Customer confidence is key to rebuilding ridership.
    • Internal counts show approximately 40 per cent of customers are currently wearing face coverings on transit.
  • This policy around mandatory mask or face covering use is being added to TransLink’s Safe Operating Action Plan.
    • The plan has increased cleaning and sanitizing of transit vehicles and hubs, increased service levels and creates space between customers where possible.

This on BC Translink website go to the link here

 

BC Transit updates Coronavirus COVID-19 Information latest here

BC Transit to mandate use of face coverings

Transit System: Global  Aug 6, 2020

GLOBAL – BC Transit, in alignment with TransLink and other transportation agencies, will be proceeding with mandatory use of face coverings on buses in BC Transit communities across the Province as of August 24.

Accommodations will be permitted for children under the age of 5 and those that cannot wear a face covering for health reasons.
We recognize the advice from health professionals, including Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, has been to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible including on transit vehicles. Customers have indicated making the use of face coverings mandatory will create a more comfortable environment.
While face coverings will be mandatory, the policy will be implemented as an educational step without enforcement. The educational position is aligned with TransLink and other transit agencies in Canada.
We will work hard to ensure customers are aware of our new policy over the coming weeks, and work together to make transit a comfortable environment for staff and customers.
The Together We Ride campaign continues across the province, promoting the need to work together to make the transit journey comfortable for customers.
Details are available here: bctransit.com/together-we-ride
BC Transit and our local government partners are working on plans to hand out promotional face coverings later this summer. Stay tuned for more details!
For more details about the mandatory mask policy and BC Transit’s response to COVID-19, please visit bctransit.com or call your local transit office.
Quotes
“Transit is an important service for many British Columbians. BC Transit’s decision to make masks mandatory on their vehicles will help make transit safer for fellow passengers. Find one that’s comfortable, and make time to get used to wearing them and taking them on and off as needed. Those of us who are able should be using masks on transit all the time.
I do and I expect others to as well.”
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
“Across British Columbia, our response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been rooted in public health. Public transit continues to be an essential service that people rely on, and we appreciate the work of our transit operators to keep these services running throughout the pandemic response and recovery.
Knowing your fellow bus passengers will also be wearing a non-surgical mask or face covering will help boost people’s confidence in choosing transit while contributing to a welcoming and safe environment on our buses.”
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena
“The implementation of a mandatory mask policy is in response to feedback from our customers. I am pleased to have the support of TransLink, Dr. Bonnie Henry and the Province of BC to implement this policy that will make transit more comfortable for our customers.”
Erinn Pinkerton, BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer

This on BC Transit website go to the link here

 

Federal Briefing on the response to Covid 19 Aug 7th,2020

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on August 6, 2020

August 6, 2020 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada

In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:

“There have been 118,187 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 8,962 deaths. 87% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada have tested 4,272,606 people for COVID-19 to date. Over the past week, an average of 48,360 people were tested daily, with 1% testing positive and an average of 400 cases were reported daily from across the country.

These past months, we have taken concerted action to address the COVID-19 pandemic and bring the spread of the virus under manageable control. These actions have brought us time as research and science accelerate at an unprecedented pace to find safe and effective vaccines and treatments. Now, as we learn to live with the virus in our midst, Canadians continue to rise to the challenge, adapting their daily routines to include important public health practices.

These adaptations – from physical distancing to wearing a mask or face covering indoors in public places, crowded spaces and close contact situations – have been challenging. And the uncertainties of this novel pandemic have been stressful, taking a toll on the physical and emotional wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

We must maintain our resolve and ensure our actions are guided by the best available science and evidence. With the rise of social media and other digital platforms, we are consuming more information than ever before. However, some of this information, including certain claims about COVID-19, is false or misleading.

In our fight against COVID-19, we need to do our part to stop the spread of misinformation. When we come across new information, we need to think critically about it, check it against credible sources and not share it further if there is any doubt as to its validity.

The Government of Canada website, Canada.ca/coronavirus, is a good place to start for credible information. You can also consult this resource guide to learn more on ways to reduce your risk of infection and spreading the virus.

There are also resources that can help you and your family boost your digital and media literacy skills. One example is Mediasmarts.ca, where you can find many resources including specific resources for families and educators to maintain a balance with technology use during COVID-19.

Don’t lose hope, stay the course and keep being part of the solution!”

Contacts

Media Relations
Public Health Agency of Canada
613-957-2983
hc.media.sc@canada.ca

This on Govt of Canada website go to this link

 

 HERE YOU WILL FIND THE LATEST DATA ON COVID-19 CASES IN Canada

 

 

This from The World Health Organization website you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates.

Here is the WHO latest update

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 6 August 2020

This is Briefing of The WHO News Conference that was Today Aug 6th,2020

 

 Who transcript of today’s Who News Conference
Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading

  • Follow the guidance outlined above.
  • Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
  • If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers.
  • Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

 

World health Organization has Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice videos for the public Click Here

 

 

Protect yourself and others from getting sick

How to cope with stress during 2019-nCoV outbreak

Practice food safety

Shopping/Working in wet markets in China and Southeast Asia

 

Stay healthy while traveling

Go to World Heath Organization for above Information on Corona virus go to the link here

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

1 Comment

  1. Avatar
    Antwan July 25, 2020

    If yes, set up the downloaded WhatsApp Plus app.

    my blog – Jaime

Leave a Reply

<<

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Click to listen highlighted text!