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
Self Advocate Leadership Network Covig 19 information refer to SALN Website at
latest SALN  News Sheet #11 from Feb 12,2021 is out in this news-sheet is on
Report on Self-Advocates Leading Connection Grant
(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 at dorothyhyslop1associates@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

                                                                                          Govt of Canada News Covid 19 Here

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

 

This on Canada Govt Website go to the link here

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

This on Govt of Canada Website go to the link here

 

Federal Briefing on the response to Covid 19

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

April 10th,2021 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada

Statement

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.

We remain at a critical point in the race between vaccines and variants. The Government of Canada’s longer-range forecast presentation on March 26th, predicted a strong resurgence in the absence of enhanced public health and individual measures. Two weeks later, this strong resurgence is showing in national surveillance data we are seeing now. National case counts are plotting along the strong resurgence trajectory of the March 26th forecast. This clearly shows that we need stronger control to combat variants of concern that are driving rapid epidemic growth in many areas of the country, even as vaccine supply and programs continue to accelerate. Community-based restrictions and strict adherence with individual measures will be needed to flatten the curve of infections where more contagious variants of concern are circulating.

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 for the protection of all Canadians.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,045,278 cases of COVID-19, including 68,010 active cases and 23,251 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 the vast majority of Canadians remain susceptible to COVID-19. As vaccine delivery ramps up at an accelerated pace, there is cause for optimism that widespread and lasting immunity can be achieved through COVID-19 vaccination. We now have multiple safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines with unique advantages that are authorised for use in Canada. Vaccine coverage is increasing across Canada, with benefits being seen in prioritized high-risk populations. Ramp up of vaccine supply and acceleration of vaccination programs will return further benefits to protect more Canadians, over the coming weeks and months.

However, with the current acceleration of COVID-19 activity, approaching the peak of the second wave, and a concerning rise in the proportion of cases that involve more contagious variants of concern, strong public health measures and individual precautions must be sustained where COVID-19 is circulating. The latest national-level data show a 7-day average of 6,873 new cases daily (Apr 2-8). For the week of March 28 to April 3, there were an average of 115,654 tests completed daily across Canada, of which 5.1% were positive for COVID-19, an increase from 4.3% the week prior. Sustained high infection rates are also impacting COVID-19 severity indicators, which are levelling off (deaths) or increasing (hospitalisation), particularly in areas with elevated disease activity. The rise in severe and critical illnesses is placing renewed strain on the health system and healthcare workforce. Provincial and territorial data indicate that an average of 2,560 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the most recent 7-day period (Apr 2-8), representing a 7% increase over last week, including 860 of whom were being treated in intensive care units, which is 23% higher than last week. During the same period, there were an average of 30 COVID-19-related deaths reported daily.

While COVID-19 continues to impact people of all ages in Canada, infection rates are highest among those aged 20-39 years of age. As well, we are seeing an increased number of adults under the age of 60 years being treated for COVID-19 in hospital, including in intensive care units. This is a reminder that serious illness can occur at any age and evidence indicates that variants of concern can be associated with more severe illness and increased risk of death. In addition, circulation of COVID-19 in younger, more mobile and socially connected adults is an ongoing risk for spread into high-risk populations and settings. As of April 8, a total of 24,995 variant of concern cases have been reported across Canada, including 23,611 involving B.1.1.7 variants, 1,039 P.1 variants and 345 B.1.351 variants. Although B.1.1.7, which is now confirmed in all provinces and two territories, continues to account for the majority of variants of concern in Canada and has likely replaced the original virus in some areas, there has been a concerning rise in P.1 cases in recent weeks. Early evidence suggests that the P.1 variant may reduce the effectiveness of vaccines, making it even more important to control its spread.

Several jurisdictions have highlighted social gatherings as an important driver for spread. Yet, amid a rising proportion of cases involving variants of concern, escalating infection rates in many areas of the country, and increasing severity trends, a high degree of caution must be maintained until vaccination programs are further expanded. A combination of strong and sustained community-based public health measures and strict adherence to individual precautions is crucial in order to suppress rapid epidemic growth.

Canadians are urged to remain vigilant, continue following local public health advice, and consistently maintain individual practices that keep us and our families safer: 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).

Aiming to have the fewest interactions with the fewest number of people, for the shortest time, at the greatest distance possible, while wearing the best-fitting mask is a simple rule that we can all apply to help limit the spread of COVID-19, as vaccine programs expand to protect all Canadians.

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 and by downloading the COVID Alert app to break the cycle of infection and help limit the spread of COVID-19. 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

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

This on Govt of Canada Website go to the link here

 Update on COVID-19 in Canada: Epidemiology and Modelling March 26th,2021

Here you will find the latest data on Covid-19 Cases in Canada April 10th,2021

People First of Canada Covig 19 Resources

Inclusion Canada COVID & Disability: Resources for Families

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources

CLBC Mental Health and Wellness Resources during COVID-19
CLBC Weekly Update for Individuals & Families April 1st,2021 go to this link click here 
April 1st,2021
Welcome to the April 1 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

 

 

Information on COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals eligible for CLBC

The B.C. Government recently announced that people supported by Community Living BC (CLBC) are being prioritized to receive their COVID-19 vaccination in April. This information was part of a news release explaining who would be included in the “clinically extremely vulnerable” category of people that would be prioritized. You can read the announcement here.

We have clarified and confirmed that CLBC clients eligible to be included in the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ category are people in either of the following situations:

  • You are 19 years and older and eligible to receive services from CLBC
  • You are 18 years old and you have been assessed for and have been found to be eligible for CLBC services when you turn 19

People in these two categories will receive a letter in the mail in the first weeks of April from Dr. Bonnie Henry that will explain how to book a vaccination appointment. For full details, you can click here to read the message from John Stinson, CLBC Vice President, Regional Operations.

If you have a question about this process for CLBC, you can call 604‐733‐2655 or toll free at 1‐866‐780‐2655 or email CLBC_Vaccine@gov.bc.ca. Please note, these lines are for general questions about this process. We cannot book an appointment for you at this number.

Please note that eligibility for CLBC is only one criteria for being in the clinically extremely vulnerable group. To see all the groups of people, including options for people with a developmental disability who are 16 and 17, please visit this web page and see the description under the developmental disability category.

Teleconference audio recording now available

On March 30, a teleconference for individuals and families took place with Dr. Daniele Behn Smith, Deputy Provincial Health Officer and Ross Chilton, CLBC CEO.

The audio recording of the call is now available on the CLBC website here. A plain language summary of the call will also be posted to that webpage in the near future and shared in the next edition of this update.

B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan is ahead of schedule

B.C. is currently moving from Phase 2 to Phase 3 of its Immunization Plan with everyone in B.C. on track to receive their first dose of vaccine by June 2021, two months sooner than originally anticipated. The general public will be getting the vaccine when B.C. moves to Phase 3 which is expected to begin in April.

You can find information and stay updated on B.C.’s COVID-19 immunization plan here.

Find answers to frequently asked vaccine questions

Now that the B.C. COVID-19 Immunization Plan is underway, there is a lot of information to keep track of including information about:

  • Registration, Clinics and Phases
  • Safety, Allergies and Side Effects
  • Dose Scheduling and Timing
  • After the Vaccine

Click here to visit the Immunize B.C. website to find answers to your questions. For more information about B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan, go to Immunize B.C.’s website by clicking here.

Stronger province-wide restrictions to keep people safe

Between March 29 at midnight and April 19 at midnight the Provincial Health Officer is strengthening province-wide restrictions to bend the curve and help protect people. This includes:

  • Limiting restaurants, pubs and bars to outdoor patio dining and take-out or delivery
  • Cancellation of indoor low intensity group exercise classes
  • Limiting religious gatherings and worship services to outdoors only
  • Closure of Whistler Blackcomb ski resort

In addition to the orders, the PHO strongly recommends:

  • Working from home whenever possible, unless it is essential to be in the workplace
  • Keeping your child home from school if they feel sick or have any sign of illness
  • Getting testing immediately if you or anyone in your family feels sick
  • Avoiding all non-essential travel
  • Supporting students in grade 4 to 12 to wear masks at school

You can read the government news release about these restrictions here, and also find information about province-wide restrictions here.

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) vaccination clinic update

The FNHA has published an update on their website here with information about provincial and FNHA community-based clinics. The update also includes vaccine registration contact information for each health authority.

B.C. Government announces permanent increase to PWD

The Government of British Columbia has announced a permanent increase to disability and income assistance rates in the province. Beginning in April, income and disability assistance will rise by $175 per month and the increase will automatically be applied to people’s cheques.

With the increase, a single person who receives Persons with Disabilities (PWD) assistance will now receive $1,358.42. A couple who receives PWD assistance will now receive $1,947.56.

You can click here to read the full news release, including information about increases to the seniors’ supplement and the comfort allowance for people on income assistance living in special care facilities.

The final $150 payment of the temporary BC Recovery Supplement was included on disability and income assistance cheques in March.

 

 

Staying Connected and Supported

 

 

Strategies for mental health webinars

Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (HCARDD) is supporting wellness and mental health for people and their families during the pandemic.

During February and early March, they hosted a virtual course for family caregivers on mental health for adults with developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Video recordings of the full course are now available on HCARDD’s YouTube channel here.

You can learn more about HCARDD and their support and resources for people with developmental disabilities here.

Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services (DDMHS) to host Spring groups

Developmental disabilities mental health services (DDMHS) provides specialized mental health community services for people age 12 and over who live with co-existing developmental disabilities and a mental illness. DDMHS will be hosting the following free group sessions during the Spring:

Group 1: Dealing with Feelings of Anxiety or Depression takes place:

  • From 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14.

or

Group 2: Healthy Relationships and Sexual Health takes place:

  • Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9.
  • Caregiver introduction session is on April 7.
  • Click here for the referral form.

For more information, contact Anne Halas, Training Facilitator at anne.halas@fraserhealth.ca. You can find information about these two groups on DDMHS’s webpage here.

Pathways Serious Mental Illness Society Hosts Family-to-Family course 

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

Their Family-to-Family, eight-week free education course is offered twice a year. This course is for families, significant others and friends of a loved one with a mental illness, including anxiety disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, borderline personality disorder, concurrent disorders and schizophrenia. It is taught using a team approach, by two trained family-member volunteers with lived experience.

Due to COVID-19 it will be offered online this Spring. The course starts April 6, 7 and 8 with classes running Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, as well as Saturday mornings.

Find more information, including course curriculum and registration details, here. If you have any questions you can call 604-926-0856 or email familysupport@pathwayssmi.org.

Reminder about helpful mental health supports

As a reminder, here are a few of the different resources we have shared to support mental health and wellness.

  • Call 310-6789 for 24/7 confidential mental health support for anyone in B.C.
  • Here to Help provides online mental health information and tools.
  • AnxietyBC provides information on how anxiety can express itself and effective strategies to address it in children, youth and young adults.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association BounceBack teaches effective skills to help individuals overcome symptoms of mild to moderate depression or anxiety and improve their mental health.

Find links to more mental health and wellness resources on the CLBC website here.

Family Support Institute Recipes for Respite continue

What’s your Recipe for Respite? Families need a break to stay safe and strong. Join FSI to learn and share what families are already doing to get a break, as well as understanding the unique ingredients still needed to make respite a reality. Discussion will focus on working together for families and their loved ones to have a safe and helpful break from the significant and daily stresses going on right now.

These sessions take place on Mondays and Thursdays. Find more information and register by clicking here.

Metis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) Food Security Pilot

The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated and emphasised food insecurity for many people.  Metis Nation has launched a Food Security Program Pilot Project for Metis citizens that includes the creation of a Home Gardening Pilot Project the distribution of 11 seed starter packs and funds to purchase soil and gardening tools for up to 50 families.

Applications opened on March 26 and are assessed on a first-come-first-served basis, with fair distribution over MNBC’s seven regions. More details can be found by visiting www.mnbc.ca/covid or contacting ggratton@mnbc.ca.

Other activities in the program include: grocery delivery service; virtual community dinner (which includes supply of all ingredients); grocery gift cards; food hampers; community fridge containing fresh food; volunteer honoraria.

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

 

 

Planning for your COVID-19 vaccine: Plain language questions and answers for people with developmental disabilities

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine? The B.C. Ministry of Health and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control have put together this easy to read questions and answer document and vaccine planning check list.

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.

Speak Out Loud with Christle and Floyd hosted by the Self Advocate Leadership Network

National Beer Day versus National Sibling Day hosted by Self Advocates of the Rockies (SAOR)

  • April 6 from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. PDT / 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. MDT
  • SAOR will be spending 15 minutes each on National Beer Day (April 7) & National Siblings Day (April 10). They will have some more fun facts, interaction, trivia, and more.
  • Join on Google Meets by clicking here. Need help? email at cranbrooksaor@gmail.com attention: Jonathan.

 

Stories of Hope and Encouragement

 

 

COVID-19 Vaccine: Messages from self advocates and provincial leaders

COVID-19 vaccinations have begun in B.C. They will help keep people and communities safe from the virus and end this pandemic.

To help people feel safe and confident about taking the COVID-19 vaccine, self advocates are leading the way with some support from our provincial leaders, including Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction and Ross Chilton, CEO of CLBC.

Click here to check out a video where they share special messages about the importance of getting vaccinated.

Join the Vaxchamp campaign

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)’s #Vaxchamp campaign is asking Indigenous people to share their photo and tell why they are getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

You can click here to learn more and to see photos and messages from people across B.C. You can also click here to download the #Vaxchamp posters.

 

Signing off

This Friday, April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day to celebrate and support people with Autism to lead full and meaningful lives as members of our communities. You can read more about World Autism Awareness Day on the United Nations (UN) website here.  There is also virtual event hosted by the UN on April 8 called Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World. You can learn more and register here.

You can also check out the hashtag #LightItUpBlue on social media to see many different landmarks and buildings lit up in blue light to recognize the day.

Finally, we’re signing off this edition with this great letter from Ryan to his future employer. Until next time….

CLBC Update April 9th,2021 go to this link click here 

April 9th,2021 update
Important update on COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals eligible for CLBC
Dear self advocates, family members and service providers –On March 26 CLBC shared with you the good news that people 18 years and older who are eligible for Community Living BC (CLBC) services are being prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in April as part of a group called “clinically extremely vulnerable.” You can read that message here.

Everyone who is 18 years old and eligible for CLBC services when they turn 19, or 19 years old and eligible to receive CLBC services, has been sent a letter with instructions on booking a vaccination appointment. We are very pleased to report that most of these letters were mailed last week and have begun arriving this week.  The remaining letters should arrive by next week.

As you know, rolling out the COVID-19 vaccinations to British Columbians is the most complex public health initiative in B.C.’s history and the coordination process is very dynamic and constantly evolving.  To this end, the B.C. government also launched its new online provincial vaccination registration system and provincial call centre this week and this has created additional ways for all British Columbians to access a vaccine.

Based on this new development, here are the options for you to make your vaccination booking:

1. If your letter has arrived:

  • Your letter will include information about how to make an appointment.

2. If your letter has not yet arrived, you can take the initial step to register online:

  • Anyone can register for a vaccine by accessing the new provincial online system and once someone’s letter is in the system, vaccination booking teams can confirm that you qualify and contact you to book your vaccine appointment.
  • You can register online here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated.html

3. If your letter has not arrived by April 15, or if you have circumstances you need to discuss:

  • Call the Provincial Call Centre at 1-833-838-2323
  • This phone line is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

Everyone is anxious to receive their vaccinations as soon as possible and CLBC has received questions about why some have received letters before others, or why there are differences in the immunization roll out in different parts of the province.  As mentioned above, the COVID-19 vaccination roll out is the largest and most complicated immunization program in our history.  Every health authority is delivering vaccines as quickly as possible based on available vaccine supplies and the unique needs in their area. The Provincial Health Officer is managing the constant flow of new information to ensure that those most at risk, such as our elders and adults living with disability, get access to vaccines as quickly as possible.

As Dr. Henry has said, the last few kilometres of a marathon are the toughest, so thank you for your patience. In a matter of weeks those who need the vaccine the most – including CLBC eligible individuals – will have received their first vaccination.

If you have questions for CLBC you can call 604‐733‐2655 or toll free at 1‐866‐780‐2655. People can also send questions to CLBC_Vaccine@gov.bc.ca. Please note, these are CLBC information numbers and you cannot book vaccination appointments when you call CLBC.

Sincerely,

John Stinson
VP, Regional Operations
Community Living BC

Inclusion BC ALERT – March 23, 2021

People deemed clinically extremely vulnerable prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine

 

Covid-19 on a global scale

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

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

Province updates measures to enforce Lower Mainland COVID-19 public safety

 

COVID-19 Immunization 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.’s Response to COVID-19 Last updated: March 25th, 2021

Click on picture below

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

B.C. COVID-19 response update

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

Updated April 9th,2021

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

 

Safe Restart funding supports reliable public transportation, affordable fares

 

 

Community Update: BC Recovery Benefit and BC Recovery Supplement

TransLink COVID-19 Update

Mandatory Face Covering Policy

Changes to mask rules on public transit

Ministerial Order expands mask mandate to indoor or sheltered stations and stops

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – Customers must now wear masks while boarding or waiting for transit at any indoor or sheltered stations and stops, as a result of the Provincial Government’s Ministerial Order mandating mask use.

Specific changes customers must now observe are as follows:

In addition to transit vehicles, masks are now required at any indoor or sheltered location where people are boarding or waiting for transit, including stations, platforms, bus stops, bus loops, and bus exchanges.

  • Face shields are no longer a suitable option in place of a non-medical mask or face covering.
  • TransLink will suspend the issuance of exemption cards given we are not able to exempt customers from a Ministerial Order. The Ministerial Order does allow for certain exemptions, which can be found here.
  • Transit Police will conduct standard inquiries with any customer not wearing an appropriate mask or face covering.

Approximately 95 per cent of customers are wearing masks on transit and TransLink expects all customers to comply with the changes required as part of the Ministerial Order. Transit Police will enforce the Ministerial Order and can issue fines of $230, subject to the exemptions set out in the Order. Customers who observe others not following the rules can report these instances to TransLink’s Customer Information team. This information will help Transit Police target enforcement in problem areas. Customers should not to attempt to enforce the Ministerial Order themselves.

More information:
Ministerial Order on mask use

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 March 29, 2021

BC Ferries remains committed to ensuring coastal communities have reliable access to essential goods and supplies. Our priority is the health and safety of our customers and employees, and the company will strictly adhere to provincial and federal guidelines.

We encourage our customers to continue to heed Dr. Bonnie Henry’s advice to be calm, be kind, and be safe. Our vessel and terminal staff are working hard to adjust to changing circumstances and to implement protocols and procedures that keep everyone safe and healthy. BC Ferries does not tolerate any abuse, including verbal abuse, towards its employees. A customer who abuses an employee will be denied service.

On March 29, 2021 Dr. Bonnie Henry announced an update to the COVID-19 restrictions (in effect until further notice), for more information click here. BC Ferries advises customers to avoid non-essential travel at this time – this includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province. If this new Provincial Health Officer restriction affects your travel plans please contact us to change or cancel your booking. Reservations fees for existing bookings will be refunded if travel must be cancelled as a result of Provincial Health Order (PHO) travel restrictions, please contact us in advance of travel. This applies to travel occurring during the PHO travel restriction period.

Masks are mandatory

All passengers must wear non-medical masks or face coverings when at terminals and on board ferries except:

  • When inside a vehicle
  • When consuming food or drinks, provided physical distancing is maintained
  • Children under 2 years of age
  • Medical condition or disability that inhibits the ability to wear a mask
  • Persons unable to place or remove a mask without assistance
  • BC Ferries employees working behind a physical barrier or within employee only areas provided physical distancing is maintained

* In the event that a passenger cannot wear a mask or face covering due to medical reasons, BC Ferries may require passengers to present documentation from a healthcare professional. This is a new Transport Canada requirement for ferry operators across Canada.

Passengers are reminded to continue to maintain physical distance while wearing a mask.

As defined by the Public Health Agency of Canada, a mask should fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops, be made of at least two layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen) and be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping.

Transport Canada – closed deck regulation – reinstatement on September 30

The temporary flexibility Transport Canada granted ferry operators that allows passengers to remain in their vehicle on enclosed vehicle decks is being rescinded by the regulator on September 30th, 2020. Transport Canada allowed this temporary flexibility earlier this summer in response to COVID-19. BC Ferries must comply with Transport Canada regulations. Starting on September 30th, passengers loaded on enclosed lower decks will be required to leave their vehicles.

Learn more about the reinstatement of the Transport Canada regulation

View frequently asked questions

Transport Canada – COVID-19 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.

Prior to entering a BC Ferries’ terminal, customers need to answer the following questions:

  1. Do you have a fever and a cough?
  2. Do you have a fever and breathing difficulty?
  3. Have you been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to COVID-19?
  4. Are you the subject of a provincial/territorial or local public health order? Note: A provincial/territorial or local public health order is typically a quarantine order issued to a person who has tested positive or is presumed positive to COVID-19
  5. Are you in possession of a face covering that covers your mouth and nose, and do you agree to wear this covering when outside your vehicle at terminals and while on board ferries?

If you answer yes to any of questions 1 to 4 and/or no to question 5 above, or refuse to answer any of the questions, BC Ferries will deny you boarding. Customers not displaying symptoms and under a directive to self-isolate at home may be permitted on board but will be required to maintain physical distance by remaining in their vehicle.

BC Ferries has implemented measures in order to ensure that customers with serious medical conditions and a need for time sensitive treatments are able to continue to travel. Customers can communicate their travel needs to the ticket agent when they arrive at the terminal. Reservations are recommended, but non-reserved travel will be prioritized based on the essential travel needs.

View more details on Transport Canada’s announcement

Book in advance to avoid lengthy waits as sailings are limited. Check-in processing takes longer due to screening protocols in place.
Malahat Nation

Malahat Nation is currently under a Shelter in Place order that took effect January 8, 2021.

We ask that all Mill Bay ferry customers please wear a mask when on, or transiting to BC Ferries Mill Bay terminal outside of a vehicle. Commuting customers please see the request below from Malahat Nation regarding parking on Mill Bay Road.

For further information, please see malahatnation.com.

Northern routes

For more information on our current Northern schedules, visit bcferries.com/schedules.

Many communities served by BC Ferries have issued advisories to travelers notifying them of limited supplies, healthcare equipment and resources. These communities include Haida Gwaii, Bella Bella, Klemtu, and Bella Coola. Customers should inform themselves of local situations and remain committed to essential travel only.
For more information about travel and restrictions in these northern communities, see:

Foot passengers

When travelling, we require customers wear a face covering onboard or in our terminals. 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.

BC Ferries Vacations

Customers with BC Ferries Vacation bookings affected by the COVID-19 restrictions (in effect until further notice) can contact us to change or cancel their booking. If you require immediate assistance, please contact BC Ferries Vacations at 1-888-223-3779 Ext. 3, or email vacations@bcferries.com. Vacations Call Centre business hours are:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm
  • Weekends and statutory holidays: 9 am – 5 pm

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

Vehicles with U.S. license plates travelling on the Ferries

Canada Border Services Agency is screening people entering Canada at the borders. BC Ferries does not have a mandate to restrict travel.

We’re in this together

We are proud of the work our dedicated employees continue to provide during this situation. Crews have been taking, and will continue to take, extra measures to ensure continued safe transport of critical goods and supplies to coastal B.C. communities. If you have a chance to relay a ‘thank-you’ to our teams online, please do.

BC Ferries provides a lifeline to remote and to coastal communities in British Columbia, and will continue to provide vital services, such as delivering medical supplies and groceries to support communities.

For more information on all the steps BC Ferries is taking during COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 response page. For more information on schedules visit bcferries.com/schedules. BC Ferries hopes to resume the levels of service customers have come to expect soon.

This on BC Ferries Website go to the link here

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 – April 9th,2021

This is Briefing of The WHO News Conference that was Today April 9th,2021

 

Weekly operational update on COVID-19 – 5 April 2021

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

 

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

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

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