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.

A 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

Hear is updates from BC Govt Health Minister and Dr Bonnie Henry

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

Victoria Friday, June 18, 2021 3:00 PM

 

B.C. Human Rights Commissioner issues guidance on COVID-19 mask policies
Commissioner Kasari Govender provides guidelines that detail how masking requirements must accommodate people with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent them from using non-medical masks.This on website Called BC Human Right,s Commission go to the link here

COVID-19 Immunization Plan

The next step in BC’s plan to safely restart June 14, 2021

 

B.C. prepares to safely move to Step 2 of its restart plan

Online tool helps people book appointments with Service BC

Province clarifies Visitors policy on essential vs. social visits at care homes, seniors facilities

January 8th,2021

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. launches restart plan to safely bring people back together

Premier, community leaders working together to get everyone registered

People deemed clinically extremely vulnerable prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine

Expanding vital mental health, substance use services to help young people thrive

Province introduces travel restrictions to curb spread of COVID-19

 

B.C.’s Response to COVID-19 Last updated: June 17th, 2021

How to get vaccinated for COVID-19

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Self Advocate Leadership Network Covig 19 information refer to SALN Website at
latest SALN  News Sheet #12 from April 13, 2021 is out in this news-sheet is on
Report on The Government of Canada passes Bill C7Our Response.
(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

Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

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

Coronavirus vaccine tracker

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 atdorothyhyslop1associates@gmail.com

or go to her website details Dorothy Hyslop & Associates Counselling & Consulting

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

TransLink COVID-19 Update

June 07, 2021 – Media Release

While transit frequencies are already at or near pre-pandemic levels, these increases will provide even more service and space for customers returning to transit throughout the summer.

These increases specifically target warmer-weather tourist destinations such as Stanley Park, White Pine Beach, Buntzen Lake, Rocky Point Park, and Lions Bay. Some specific increases include:

  • Seasonal service is doubling on Routes 150 (Coquitlam Central Station / White Pine Beach), 179 (Coquitlam Central Station / Buntzen Lake), and 182 (Moody Centre Station / Belcarra).
  • Service on Route 262 (Lions Bay / Caulfield) will now run until 11:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.
  • Service on Route 19 (Metrotown / Stanley Park) will now depart every 5-7 minutes between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. every weekday.

TransLink adjusts service quarterly to reflect changes in seasonal travel patterns based on demand from previous years.  We will continue to closely monitor customer demand throughout the summer and adjust service appropriately.

For the full list of seasonal service changes beginning on June 21, visit our Service Changes Webpage. Plan your trip today with Google Maps.

More information:
Full Summer Service Changes
Trip Planner

Media contact:
TransLink Media Relations
E: media@translink.ca

This on BC Translink website go to the link here

BC Transit mandatory face-covering policy update

Nov 27, 2020
Transit System: Global

BC Transit is updating our mandatory face covering policy to align with the mandatory mask order implemented by the

Province of BC. It is required that customers are wearing face covering when on board a BC Transit vehicle. The order from the Province of BC also requires customers waiting at covered bus stops to be wearing a face covering.

To ensure everyone’s safety and compliance with the new order, we are asking everyone to wear a face covering for your entire transit journey.

Our exemption list is being adjusted to align with the order from the Province of BC. Exemptions include:

  • People with health conditions or with physical, cognitive or mental impairments who cannot wear one
  • People who cannot remove a mask on their own .
  • Children under the age of 12

Transit Operators working alone behind a full driver door or vinyl panel are also exempt from wearing a face mask as indicated by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. Staff on board BC Transit vehicles and not behind a full driver door or vinyl panel will be required to wear a face covering unless they meet the exemption criteria.

Aligning with the Province of BC criteria, face shields will no longer be considered acceptable as a face covering as it has an opening below the mouth. For a list of face coverings that you can use please visit bccdc.ca.

Our priority will continue to be on educating customers about the mandatory face covering policy. Current materials include signage on buses and at bus stops, onboard announcements (where available), and signage on our destination signs. We are rolling out new promotional materials in BC Transit communities, and will continue to raise awareness about the policy.

Transit Operators are responsible for the safe operation of their bus. As with any issues, the operator has the ability to report those being vocal to the noncompliance of the mask mandate to their transit supervisor or manager. Under the order, BC Transit supervisors and managers will now have authority to enforce compliance with the assistance of local authorities if necessary. It is important to remember there are reasons a person may not be able to wear a face covering.BC Transit asks customers to please be kind to each other, and if someone is not wearing a face covering to assume they meet our exception criteria. Customers who observe others not following the rules can report these instances to their local transit office. This information will help our team provide on-road support. Customers should not attempt to enforce the Ministerial Orders.

See more details about our COVID-19 response.

BC Transit updates Coronavirus COVID-19 Information latest here

 

BC Ferries Covid 19 Updates

COVID-19 Update – Important information – Last updated June 14, 2021

BC Ferries welcomes recreational travelers back on board 

BC Ferries is advising customers travelling on routes that cross health regions they may resume non-essential travel, such as recreational travel, as of June 15 in accordance with the end of the Province’s travel restrictions Order that expires at 11:59 pm on June 14. Customers travelling on the following routes will no longer be asked if their travel is essential:

  • Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay
  • Tsawwassen – Duke Point
  • Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands
  • Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay
  • Comox – Powell River
  • Port Hardy – Prince Rupert

“The end of travel restrictions marks a key milestone in tackling COVID-19 and we are thrilled it means we can welcome everyone back on board,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President & CEO. “Our teams are ready to welcome back recreational travellers on all of our routes. We will be adding sailings back into the schedule as we get into the summer season to ensure we have the capacity to meet the anticipated demand.”
Mask policy update

To align with the Provincial Health Officer’s guidance and step 2 of the provincial restart plan, as of June 15, BC Ferries is relaxing its mandatory mask policy in outdoor spaces on its terminals. Wearing face coverings in outdoor spaces at the terminals is now optional. BC Ferries’ vessels are federally regulated. Transport Canada’s current regulations mandate face coverings and physical distancing requirements on board. The wearing of masks on BC Ferries’ ships both indoors and outdoors continues to be a requirement, when not in your vehicle.  Learn more.
Transport Canada screening

For any route longer than 30 minutes, BC Ferries will screen all customers for COVID-19 symptoms and restrict travel to any customer that does not meet the screening requirements, as per the federal guidelines.  Learn more.
Foot passengers

When travelling, we require customers wear a face covering onboard or inside our terminal buildings. Reservations for foot passengers are available for travel between Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands and our North Coast routes, and can now be made online.  On all other routes, foot passengers will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis until passenger capacity has been reached, and tickets may be purchased at the terminal.
Additional information

  • Customers requiring wheelchair assistance: We are unable to provide wheelchair assistance at terminals or on board ferries. If you require a wheelchair, request one at the terminal. We ask that you travel with your own wheelchair assistant if required.
  • For more information on travelling with BC Ferries during the COVID-19 Pandemic click here
  • Updates from our President and CEO Mark Collins
  • For more information on schedules visit bcferries.com/schedules

This on BC Ferries Website go to the link here

CLBC Mental Health and Wellness Resources during COVID-19
CLBC Weekly Update for Individuals & Families June 3rd,2021 go to this link click here 
June 3rd,2021 Edition

Welcome to the June 3, 2021 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. You can also check out CLBC’s Facebook page here and Twitter page 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

Province of B.C. launches restart plan to safely bring people back together

Last week, the provincial government announced B.C.’s restart, a four-step plan to bring B.C. back together through a slow and gradual return to a more normal life.

With more than 60 per cent of adults vaccinated with their first dose and COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations steadily declining, B.C. has already begun moving forward with the cautious first step of this four-step plan for a careful and safe restart.

You can read and watch video of the provincial announcement here, and find the full details of the plan at www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc.

Timeline for receiving second vaccine dose reduced to eight weeks

On April 9, 2021, CLBC sent a message to our sector explaining that everyone eligible to receive services had been prioritized to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Teams of staff worked hard with the Ministry of Health to rapidly send out letters to more than 24,000 individuals. We are pleased to report that this project is complete and that everyone who wanted a vaccination should have now had the opportunity to receive their first dose.

With more than 60 per cent of adults in B.C. having received their first dose, the province announced last week that the time between first and second doses has been reduced to eight weeks for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable (including everyone eligible for CLBC services) and for the age-based program. You can find more information here. This means some people eligible for CLBC services have already started getting notifications to book appointments for their second doses.

As a reminder, to get your second dose, you need to be registered in the province’s Get Vaccinated System. If you already registered to receive your first dose, you don’t need to do anything and you will be notified by email, text or phone when it is your turn to book an appointment for a second dose. For more details, you can read a message from CLBC CEO Ross Chilton distributed on May 27 here.

Get proof of immunization through Health Gateway

When you get vaccinated, you will have the option to receive a paper and digital copy of your immunization record card. When you go for your second dose appointment, remember to bring your immunization record with you. Once you have received your first dose, your immunization record will be stored in the online provincial database, accessible to you, public health and your doctor. If you need a copy of your COVID-19 record, you can register to view it at www.healthgateway.gov.bc.ca.

As a reminder, you can stay updated on B.C. COVID-19 Immunization Plan here.

Celebrating AccessAbility Week 2021

This week, from May 30 to June 5, we mark AccessAbility Week in British Columbia and across Canada. This is a time to celebrate the valuable contributions of people with disabilities. During this week we also recognize the people, groups and organizations who are actively working to remove barriers and increase opportunities for people of all abilities to participate and thrive in their communities. This week also marks National Indigenous AccessAbility Week.

You can read a message from CLBC CEO Ross Chilton marking AccessAbility Week here, including information about different ways to get involved in recognizing the importance of accessibility.

You can also read the Province of B.C.’s news release here, and learn more about how the Government of Canada is recognizing AccessAbility Week here.

On June 2, as part of AccessAbility Week, people across Canada wore red shirts to show their support for creating an accessible and inclusive world. Learn more about Red Shirt Day here.

Next teleconference for individuals and families takes place tomorrow June 4

The next monthly teleconference for individuals and families with Dr. Daniele Behn Smith, Deputy Provincial Health Officer, and Ross Chilton, CLBC CEO, is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, June 4.

The call takes place from 10:35 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time). Due to the large number of participants, please call in at 10:25 a.m.

How to call in:

  • Vancouver: 604-681-0260
  • Elsewhere: 1-877-353-9184
  • Participant code: 28110#

Details about how to join the call have also been posted on the teleconference webpage here. If you have a question for the call, please sent it to CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca and use the subject line “June 4 CLBC Call.”

As a reminder, the audio recording and plain language summary of the last teleconference held on April 29, along with all previous teleconferences, can be found on our CLBC website here.

Mandatory criminal record check process expedited during COVID-19

Criminal record checks are mandated by the Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) in British Columbia for employees and contractors who are working with vulnerable adults. This includes employees and contractors who are hired by families (e.g. in Individualized Funding arrangements), direct-funded home sharing providers, Person-Centred Societies and Microboards with funding provided by CLBC.

Recently, it was brought to CLBC’s attention that it is taking longer to get criminal record checks completed. CLBC alerted the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General (PSSG), who administers the process. In response, an expedited process has now been put in place through PSSG and is available to anyone who is hiring staff under the conditions stated with funds from CLBC, including families, direct-funded home sharing providers, Person-Centred Societies and Microboards.

For full details about this process, you can read a message sent by CLBC on May 13, 2021 here. If you have any questions about the Criminal Record Check process, please contact PSSG at criminalrecords@gov.bc.ca. If you have questions about CLBC’s requirement for criminal record checks, please speak with your local CLBC office.

A message from the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)

Even though the FNHA is conducting second-dose vaccination clinics in B.C. First Nations communities, it’s important to remember that now is not the time to let down our guard. Read this message from Dr. Shannon McDonald, FNHA’s Acting Chief Medical Officer, on why we need to be patient as we “break the chains” of COVID-19 transmission in our province.

Staying Connected and Supported

New Video: Introducing individuals and families to Support Worker Central

Support Worker Central is an employment website connecting individuals with disabilities and their families with support workers throughout British Columbia.

Vela Canada and the Family Support Institute created a video that you can watch here to explain the exciting new features of Support Worker Central with easy to understand instructions on how to use the site. Sign-up today and access a directory of support workers at www.supportworkercentral.ca.

BC farmers’ markets offer Nutrition Coupon Program

The Farmer’s Market Nutrition Coupon Program (FMNCP) is a healthy eating initiative by the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) that supports farmers’ markets and strengthens food security across British Columbia. Community partner organizations provide coupons to lower-income families, pregnant women and seniors participating in their food literacy programs. Coupons can be spent at all BCAFM member farmers’ markets that participate in the FMNCP, and can be used to purchase vegetables, fruits, nuts, eggs, dairy, cut herbs, meat and fish.

Each household enrolled in the program is eligible to receive a minimum of $21 per week in coupons. In 2021, coupons can be used at any participating BC Farmers’ Market from June 12 to December 11. Learn more about the program here, including links to find out where the program operates.

Mental Health Literacy Guide for Autism now available

The Mental Health Literacy Guide for Autism has now been launched. Developed jointly by the Autism Mental Health Literacy Project at York University and the Centre for Addition and Mental Health, the guide was created to increase awareness and knowledge about mental health of people with Autism, with input from twenty-nine advisers with Autism and family members across Canada. Click here to learn more and to download the full guide. There is also a video series to accompany the guide which you can watch here.

New Family Support Workshops coming up in June

The Family Support Institute (FSI)’s Learning Explorations are available to all families and individuals offering the chance to connect, learn, and share virtually in the safety and comfort of your own home.

Here is one of their upcoming events to check out:

Learn more about The Sibling Collaborative on new podcast episode

The Sibling Collaborative unites and strengthens siblings across Canada by building networks of peer support and sharing experiences with each other, their families and beyond. Siblings of people with disabilities often encounter unique challenges throughout their lifespan but their concerns are not always heard or acknowledged.

On a recent episode of the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre’s podcast IDD: Get to Know Me, Helen Ries, the founder of The Sibling Collaborative, joined hosts Daniel and Victor to share her journey as a sibling and what drove her to develop the Sibling Collaborative.

You can listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts here or on Spotify here or on Google Podcasts here.

Pathways Serious Mental Illness Society hosts skill building workshops

Pathways Serious Mental Illness Society (SMIS) is a pioneering family-support organization, providing help for those who have relatives with mental illness.

Pathways SMIS is launching a new series of intensive, interactive skill building workshops. These workshops are designed to be a short, no-commitment-necessary opportunity to understand and develop skills people need to grow and better support themselves, their family, and their loved ones with a mental illness. All workshops will be led by volunteers with lived experience of caring for a loved one with a mental illness.

The next workshop takes place Saturday, June 12, from 10:00am to 12:00pm and the topic is Emotional Stages and the Importance of Boundaries. You can learn more about this workshop here, and click here to register. If you have any questions before registering, you can call 604-926-0856 or email: familysupport@pathwayssmi.org

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 toolkit here.

Self Advocate Corner

Video: Krystal gets her COVID Vaccine

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (HCARDD) teamed up with the folks at DramaWay to produce another video about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

In the video, Jenna has some questions for Krystal, who just received her COVID vaccine. You can follow along as Krystal talks to Jenna about how her COVID vaccine experience went, from booking the appointment to getting the shot to celebrating afterwards. Click here to watch the video.

A resource helps people get ready for their vaccination

The Getting Ready for My Shot form, developed by the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program at Surrey Place, can help people with developmental disabilities and their caregivers prepare for a COVID vaccine appointment.

This form can help people with asking for accommodations at the clinic, which can reduce distress and make the experience more positive. You can download the Getting Ready for my Shot form here.

Self Advocates Leading Connection Updates

The five B.C. Self Advocacy groups who are leading connection events and activities have created profiles to help promote who they are, what they are doing and how to contact them. You can read their profiles on the CLBC website here.  Join one of the upcoming self advocate led events below or visit the Calendar for Connection to learn about other fun ways connect with others.

New Events

Freaky Geeky Talk Show presents: Pirates of the Caribbean hosted by Self Advocates of the Rockies (SAOR)

  • Every Monday in June from 6:00pm-7:00pm PDT/ 7:00pm-8:00pm MDT
  • Join through Google meets by clicking here or call +1 778-747-9247 and enter PIN:572 532 691

Share your Photos hosted by B.C. Self Advocate Leadership Network

Breaking Away from the Covid Blues Presents Summer with Self-Advocates of the Rockies (SAOR)

  • June 16; 12:00pm-1:00pm PDT/ 1:00pm-2:00pm MDT
  • Join Lynnette to talk about your summer plans.
  • Join through Google Meets by clicking here or call +1 613-778-3895 and enter  PIN: ‪464 255 934#

DIY Stickers with Kimberley hosted by Self Advocates of the Rockies

  • June 24 from 1:00pm-2:00pm PDT/ 2:00pm-3:00pm MDT
  • Register through Google meets by clicking here or Call +1 289-349-9404 and enter PIN: 456 104 362#
  • Materials you will need: parchment paper, normal white paper, glue stick, scissors, masking tape, pencil crayons

Extra Extra, Talk All About It: Hello Summer! hosted by Self Advocates of the Rockies

  • June 25 from 3:00pm-4:00pm PDT/ 4:00pm-5:00pm MDT
  • Join Susan and Kimberley to talk about summer holidays
  • Join through Google Meet by clicking here or Call +1 587-687-4279 and enter PIN: ‪153 319 824#

Ray’s Retro Friday Night Music hosted by Self Advocates of the Rockies

Trivia Night hosted by B.C. Self Advocate Leadership Network

Peers Being Peers hosted by Olivia Douglas Community Services

  • Wednesdays at 4:00pm PDT / 5:00pm MDT
  • You’re sitting alone, what are you to do? Join Olivia Douglas Community Services, with Advocate Liaison Sherwin Strong and make a lot of friends. There are activities for everyone once in awhile, but this program is mostly unstructured and full of surprises.
  • Join through Zoom by clicking here

Non-Virtual Events 

Phone Tree with Self-Advocates of the Rockies (SAOR)

  • Every Thursday from 11:30am – 12:00pm MDT / 10:30 am – 11:00am PDT
  • SAOR will be holding weekly group phone calls to catch up with friends and meet new advocates from around the province.
  • Register by emailing j.moore@realmbc.ca or call 250-426-3393 by 3:00 pm on Wednesdays. Spots are limited to five per call so make sure to sign up to reserve your spot.

Stories of Hope and Encouragement

Submit your story for the next Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES magazine

The CLBC Editorial Board is looking for stories for the next edition of the Celebrate Diverse ABILITIES magazine which will be published this summer. We are looking for 250-word stories from people with diverse abilities about what they are grateful for, and what they are looking forward to as we start slowly and safely moving out of the pandemic and back to a more normal life.

Story submissions will be accepted until Friday, June 18. Selected authors will be paid $100 for their story and photo to be published in the print and online edition of the magazine. Interested authors please email your submission (with photos) to Jessica.Humphrey@gov.bc.ca.

June is Deafblind Awareness Month in B.C.

The Province of B.C. has officially proclaimed June 2021 as Deafblind Awareness Month in B.C.

This month recognizes and celebrates the contributions that individuals who are deafblind make in their communities throughout British Columbia.

You can click here to read the official proclamation.

Recognizing National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day

June marks National Indigenous History Month in Canada, celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First NationsInuit and Métis peoples. And June 21 marks the 25th National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is celebrated on the summer solstice as, for generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to its significance as the longest day of the year.

You can find more information about both of these celebrations here as well as e-books, podcasts, audio clips, visual, movies, and interactive crafts and multimedia activities here.

Access Awareness Day

As we sign off, we’d like to share a message from The Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (sparc bc) recognizing Access Awareness Day on June 5:

“This is a day for communities to come together to celebrate what it means to be truly accessible and inclusive to everyone. By working together, it is possible to create communities where everyone can share talents and abilities in real and meaningful ways and where the possibilities are limitless. We know the difference that we can make together when we Say Yes to Access!”

Until next edition..

Govt of Canada News Covid 19 Here 

Federal Briefing on the response to Covid 19

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

June 19th, 2021 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create stress and anxiety for many Canadians, particularly those who do not have ready access to their regular support networks. Through the Wellness Together Canada online portal, people of all ages across the country can access immediate, free and confidential mental health and substance use supports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

As COVID-19 activity continues in Canada, we are tracking a range of epidemiological indicators to monitor where the disease is most active, where it is spreading and how it is impacting the health of Canadians and public health, laboratory and healthcare capacity. At the same time, the Public Health Agency of Canada is providing Canadians with regular updates on COVID-19 vaccines administered, vaccination coverage and ongoing monitoring of vaccine safety across the country. The following is the latest summary on national numbers and trends, and the actions we all need to be taking to reduce infection rates, while vaccination programs expand, including acceleration of second dose programs, to better protect people and communities across the country.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,407,269 cases of COVID-19 and 26,023 deaths reported in Canada; these cumulative numbers tell us about the overall burden of COVID-19 illness to date. They also tell us, together with results of serological studies, that a large majority of Canadians remain susceptible to COVID-19. However, as vaccination programs expand at an accelerated pace, there is increasing optimism that widespread, stronger and longer lasting immunity can be achieved by fully vaccinating a high proportion of Canadians over the coming weeks and months.

As immunity is still building up across the population, public health measures and individual precautions remain crucial for COVID-19 control. Thanks to public health measures in place and people across Canada continuing with individual precautions, the strong and steady declines in disease trends continues, with reported active cases down by 84% since the peak of the third wave in Canada. The latest national-level data show a continued downward trend in disease activity with an average of 1,137 cases reported daily during the latest 7 day period (June 11-17), down 27% compared to the week prior. Until vaccine coverage is sufficiently high to impact disease transmission more broadly in the community, it is important to remain vigilant and not ease restrictions too soon or too quickly.

With the considerable decline in infection rates nationally, the overall number of people experiencing severe and critical illness is also steadily declining. Provincial and territorial data indicate that an average of 1,481 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the most recent 7-day period (June 11-17), which is 22% fewer than last week. This includes, on average 651 people who were being treated in intensive care units (ICU), 18% fewer than last week. Likewise, the latest 7-day average of 20 deaths reported daily (June 11-17) is continuing to decline, showing a 36% decrease compared to the week prior.

Overall, variants of concern (VOCs) represent the majority of recently reported COVID-19 cases across the country. Four VOCs (B.1.1.7 (Alpha), B.1.351 (Beta), P.1 (Gamma), and B.1.617.2 (Delta)) have been detected in most provinces and territories. While the Alpha variant continues to account for the majority of genetically sequenced variants in Canada, the Delta variant is increasing in some areas. As Canada continues to monitor and assess genetic variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including impacts in the Canadian context, we know that vaccination, in combination with public health and individual measures, are working to reduce spread of COVID-19.

As vaccine eligibility continues to expand, Canadians are encouraged to get vaccinated and support others to get vaccinated as soon as they are able. As well, with provinces and territories accelerating second dose programs, those who are eligible are urged to get fully vaccinated, including getting the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series. The second immune-boosting dose substantially lowers our personal risk of infection and serious harms, provides stronger protection against certain variants of concern, including the Delta variant, and may make immunity last longer. Canadians are reminded that it is safe and effective to receive one vaccine product for your first dose and a different vaccine product for your second dose to complete your two-dose vaccine series for optimal protection from COVID-19.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has provided updated guidance on the use of mixed vaccine schedules in COVID-19 vaccination programs. NACI’s latest guidance, released this week, considered a range of factors from emerging scientific evidence to safety concerns through vaccine supply to provide recommendations on first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. This advice provides provinces and territories with safe and effective options to manage their vaccine programs, specifically advising that:

  • For first doses:
    • An mRNA vaccine, such as Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, should be offered to start the COVID-19 vaccine series, unless there is a contraindication, for example an allergy to one of the mRNA vaccine or its ingredients.
  • For second doses:
    • While people who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine can receive either an mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or AstraZeneca, the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are preferred for their second dose, unless contraindicated.
    • People who received a first dose of an mRNA, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, COVID-19 vaccine should be offered the same mRNA vaccine for their second dose if readily available. If the same mRNA vaccine is not readily available at the clinic, another mRNA vaccine is considered interchangeable and should be offered to complete the vaccine series.

The change to preferring an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for the second dose is based on emerging evidence indicating a potentially better immune response from this mixed vaccine schedule and to avoid the potential risk of Vaccine-Induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) associated with viral vector vaccines. However, people who received two doses of AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine can rest assured that the vaccine they received provides good protection against infection and very good protection against severe disease and hospitalization.

Regardless of our vaccination status while COVID-19 is still circulating, it is important to remain vigilant, continue following local public health advice, and consistently maintain individual practices that keep us and our families safer, even as the positive impacts of COVID-19 vaccines are building: stay home/self-isolate if you have any symptoms, think about the risks and reduce non-essential activities and outings to a minimum, avoid all non-essential travel, and maintain individual protective practices of physical distancing, hand, cough and surface hygiene and wearing a well-fitted and properly worn face mask as appropriate (including in shared spaces, indoors or outdoors, with people from outside of your immediate household).

For more information regarding the risks and benefits of vaccination, I encourage Canadians to reach out to your local public health authorities, healthcare provider, or other trusted and credible sources, such as Canada.ca and Immunize.ca. Working together, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, Canada’s Chief Medical Officers of Health and other health professionals across the country are closely monitoring vaccine safety, effectiveness and optimal use to adapt approaches. As the science and situation evolves, we are committed to providing clear and evidence-informed guidance in order to keep everyone in Canada safe and healthy.

Canadians can also go the extra mile by sharing credible information on COVID-19 risks and prevention practices and measures to reduce COVID-19 in communities. Read my backgrounder to access more COVID-19 Information and Resources on ways to reduce the risks and protect yourself and others, including information on COVID-19 vaccination.

Contacts

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Here you will find the latest data on Covid-19 Cases in Canada on June 19th,2021

CANADA COVID-19 WEEKLY EPIDEMIOLOGY REPORT
06 JUNE TO 12 JUNE 2021 (WEEK 23)
Published: 18 June 2021

COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group will continue to help guide Government action on disability inclusion

 

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Government of Canada invests to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in research

 

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People First of Canada Covig 19 Resources

Inclusion Canada COVID & Disability: Resources for Families

PRESS RELEASE: NEW ONLINE HUB OFFERS FREE RESOURCES FOR INCLUSIVE HIRING DURING COVID-19 AND BEYOND

INCLUSION CANADA CALLS ON GOVERNMENTS TO PRIORITIZE PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, THEIR FAMILIES AND SUPPORT STAFF FOR COIVD-19 VACCINE

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources

 

Covid-19 on a global scale

 

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 -June 18th,2021

This is the Briefing of The WHO News Conference that was Today June 18th,2021

 

Weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19 – 15 June 2021 Edition 44 Overview

In the past week, the number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths continued to decrease, with over 2.6 million new cases and 72 000 new deaths reported globally. While the number of cases reported globally now exceeds 175 million, over the past week, the lowest weekly case incidence since February 2021 was reported. Declines in the number of new weekly cases, compared to the previous week, were reported across all Regions except for the African Region. The number of new deaths reported in the past week decreased across all the regions except for the African and South-East Asia Regions.

In this edition, a special focus update on variants is provided, including a newly designated variant of interest (VOI), along with the geographical distribution of variants of concern (VOCs) Alpha (B.1.1.7), Beta (B.1.351), Gamma (P.1) and Delta (B.1.617.2). This edition also includes an update about strengthening public health intelligence through event-based surveillance, specifically learning from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Videos Click Here

 

Advice for the public Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 Click Here

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Self-Help Booklet Series Covig 19

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