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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. 

 World Health Organization has now called it Pandemic Officially 

All the best from the Sans Team.
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, January 21, 2022 4:05 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 Rights, Commission go to the link here

COVID-19 Immunization Plan

 

Online tool helps people book appointments with Service BC

Information for families of people in long-term care and assisted living.

Last updated: January 1st, 2022

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

Province strengthens COVID-19 measures for safer holiday season

How to get vaccinated for COVID-19

Last updated January 5th, 2022

 

Get your booster dose

Last updated: January 12th,2022

Reasons should get the COVID-19 Vaccine

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

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

Coronavirus vaccine tracker

Virtual mental health supports during COVID-19

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

Masks mandatory on public transit

Transit users will be required to wear masks under the latest public health mandate

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – As a result of the latest mandate from the Provincial Government reinstating mask-use in all indoor public places, customers must wear masks while using public transit beginning Wednesday, August 25. This includes while boarding or waiting for transit at any indoor or sheltered stations and stops. 

Exemptions for this provincial mandate include:

  • Anyone with an underlying medical condition or disability which inhibits the ability to wear a mask or face covering;
  • Persons unable to place or remove a mask or face covering without assistance;
  • Children under 12 years of age;
  •  Employees working behind a physical barrier or within areas designated for employees and not for public access;
  • Police, employees, or first responders in an emergency.

While the mandate is in effect beginning tomorrow, it will take some time for signage around the system to be updated. We thank our customers for their patience as we navigate this change.

More information:

B.C. Government mask mandate

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

This on BC Translink website go to the link here

Face coverings mandatory on all BC Transit buses

Transit System: Global  Aug 24, 2021
GLOBAL – Following the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC, and in alignment with TransLink, BC Transit is requiring the use of face coverings in BC Transit communities across the province, effective Wednesday, August 25.
Our ongoing goal is to create a comfortable and safe environment for all customers and drivers. This includes the mandatory use of face coverings on buses and at bus stops, unless a customer meets the exemption criteria.
The remainder of BC Transit’s safety measures, reviewed by both the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafe BC, also remain in place to ensure a safe environment for our employees, customers and communities. These include:
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization of buses and BC Transit facilities;
  • Protective barriers between drivers and customers, either in the form of full driver doors on conventional buses or vinyl panels for handyDART service;
  • Encouraging customers to stay home if they are sick;
  • Practicing proper hand hygiene including washing your hands and using hand sanitizer.
Customers may notice a delay in our signage changes as we update our messaging in our transit systems across the province.
BC Transit would like to thank our customers that continue to support our COVID-19 policies, as we continue to focus on getting people where they need to go safely and efficiently.
For more information on BC Transit’s response to COVID-19 and our ongoing policies, go to: bctransit.com/covid19
Media contacts
BC Transit communications
250-880-1303

See more details about our COVID-19 response.

BC Transit updates Coronavirus COVID-19 Information latest here

 

BC Ferries Covid 19 Updates

Safe travel this fall – Last updated October 30, 2021

Your journey. Your safety. Our priority. 

Canada-wide recreational travel is back and all BC Ferries routes are open to all types of travel.

Extra cleaning and sanitizing measures will remain in place to ensure a safe travel experience for customers and crew this fall.

Following the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, as of October 12:

  • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces on BC Ferries vessels and at terminals for all passengers 5 and older, with the following exceptions:
    • when inside a vehicle
    • when consuming food or drinks in designated areas
    • persons with a 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
  • Proof of vaccination is not required.
  • Be respectful of others’ personal space and continue to practice good hygiene, including frequent handwashing.
  • If you or anyone in your family feel sick stay home and get tested.
  • Find more information on BC’s Restart Plan and how it impacts your travel plans.

We’re asking customers to continue to heed Dr. Bonnie Henry’s advice to be kind, be calm, and be safe. BC Ferries does not tolerate any abuse, including verbal abuse, towards its employees. Any customer who abuses an employee will be denied service.

Travel to Indigenous Communities 

In keeping with BC’s Restart Plan, most Indigenous communities in BC are accepting visitors as of June 15th. Haida Gwaii will start to accept visitors from BC and across Canada from July 1st onwards. Before visiting, we recommend that you check the latest information available from the accommodation, activity and local transportation businesses you are planning to visit and use.

Indigenous Tourism BC has a list of Indigenous communities and experiences in the province that are currently open and welcoming visitors, including tips on how to visit responsibly.

Foot passengers

When travelling, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces on BC Ferries vessels and at terminals for passengers 5 and older, with the above exceptions. Reservations for foot passengers are available for travel between Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen – Duke Point, Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay, 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

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 December 10th, 2021 go to this link click here 
December 10th,2021
Season’s Greetings from CLBC! We hope this December 10, 2021 edition of the Update for Individuals and Families finds you healthy and safe amongst family and friends during this holiday time. The pandemic continues to be a stressful time for individuals and families. We at CLBC are grateful for the leadership of the individuals and families we serve in supporting and encouraging each other. For something fun and festive this month check out the Holiday Concert in the Self Advocate Corner of this update!

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

CLBC launches Community Inclusion Innovation Fund

CLBC has launched a one-time Community Inclusion Innovation Fund offering those currently engaged in work that advances inclusion to apply for grants of $5,000 up to $100,000.

The funding will support creative initiatives that challenge all of us to do things more effectively, build on lessons learned during COVID-19, innovate service delivery, support the rollout of CLBC’s new L.I.F.E.-based service, and advance work from the Re-Imagining Community Inclusion Committee.

Applications can be submitted until January 10, 2022 by:

  • self advocate and family groups and associations
  • community living service providers
  • community agencies currently active in the community living sector, and
  • community organizations currently working outside the community living sector that deliver programming they believe is meaningful and transferrable to people served through CLBC funded supports

Find full details along with the application form on the CLBC website here.

Provincial Health Order for CLBC staff and service providers

The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) has given a new Order that requires CLBC staff as well as staff of CLBC service providers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

This Order applies to staff who work for CLBC funded agencies, person centred societies, microboards and people who have direct funding from CLBC, including direct funded respite.

The Order requires these staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or have applied for or have a medical exemption, before January 14, 2022.

You can read a message to self advocates and families about this order here. You can also find more information, including a Frequently Asked Questions document, on CLBC’s “PHO Vaccination Order” web page here.

COVID-19 Teleconference audio recording and plain language summary now available

On December 3, 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 along with a plain language summary are now available on the CLBC website here.

Home Sharing Quality of Life feedback sessions

CLBC continues to work on ways Home Sharing can make a positive difference in people’s lives. We have learned that improving the way we measure quality of life outcomes for people living in home sharing arrangements is an important step. To make sure we approach this in ways that includes the experience of people involved in home sharing, CLBC is holding the following feedback sessions:

Families with loved ones who in home share  
January 18, 2022
4:30pm-6:00pm PST / 5:30pm-7:00pm MST

People living in home share
January 20, 2022
3:00pm-4:30pm PST / 4:00pm-5:30pm MST

Home Sharing providers 
January 20, 2022
6:30pm-8:00pm PST /  7:30pm-9:00pm MST

Home Sharing Coordinators     
January 18, 2022
1:30pm-3:00 pm PST / 2:30pm-4:00pm MST

If you or your family member is involved in Home Sharing we would love to have you join us. We are also holding sessions for home sharing providers and coordinators. For questions and to register please email: tracy.charlton@gov.bc.ca

New Provincial Accessibility Committee will advise government on legislation

The provincial government has appointed 11 British Columbians as the first members of the Provincial Accessibility Committee (PAC). The committee’s work will include advising government on the implementation of the new Accessible British Columbia Act and helping develop accessibility standards to remove barriers for people with disabilities in B.C. You can read the full announcement here.

Congratulations to BC self advocacy leader Michael McLellan, who has been actively involved with CLBC for many years, on being one of the new members appointed. Read more about Michael and all of the new committee members here.

You can find information about the Accessible British Columbia Act here, including a plain language summary.

Accessibility grants promote inclusion

On December 3, as part of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the provincial government announced more than $450,000 in funding for fifteen community-based projects to increase accessibility and community inclusion. These projects include art instruction, movement therapy, emergency response plans, bicycle programs and more.

To learn more, click here to read the government news release.

Self Advocate Corner

Connect with others at these upcoming events

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.

Game chat hosted by Kamloops Speak Up Self-Advocacy Awareness (SUSA) Society

Holiday Concert and Trivia hosted by the Self Advocate Leadership Network (SALN)

Get festive and join SALN for a night of awesome music and trivia and spend the night enjoying the company of others.

Music Trivia hosted by Kamloops Speak Up Self-Advocacy Awareness (SUSA) Society

Ray’s Retro Friday Night Music hosted by Self Advocates of the Rockies Society (SAOR)

  • This group meets virtually the third Friday of every month from 5:00pm to 6:00pm MST / 4:00pm to 5:00 pm PST
  • Join the group on Google Meets by clicking here or dial: ‪+1 587-688-3336 and enter the PIN: ‪599 330 504#

Breaking Away from the COVID Blues with Lynnetta hosted by Self Advocates of the Rockies Society (SAOR)

  • This groups meets the third Wednesday of every month from 1:00pm to 2:00 pm MST/ 12:00pm  to 1:00 pm PST
  • Join the group on Google Meets by clicking here or dial: ‪(CA) +1 613-916-1823 PIN: ‪337 088 313#

Phone Tree hosted by Self Advocates of the Rockies Society

  • SAOR hosts weekly group phone calls to catch up with friends and meet new advocates from around the province.
  • The calls take places every Thursday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm MST / 1:00pm to 2:00 pm PST
  • To register, email j.moore@realmbc.ca or call 250-426-3393 by 3:00 pm MST on Wednesdays. Spots are limited to five per call so make sure to sign up to reserve your spot!

Plain language resource helps with problem solving

This time of year can be fun and festive, but people also find it can be stressful, and may feel as if there are more problems to deal with. Health care, Access, Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) has put together a resource that gives strategies for people to solve problems.

The goal of the booklet, Sort it Out- A Way to Help Solve your Problems, is to help people understand why problem solving is important and learn how to do it for themselves.

Find more plain language resources on COVID-19 and Mental Health from H-CARDD here.

Staying Supported and Connected

Prepared BC provides resources for people with disabilities

With the recent heavy rains and flooding impacting parts of B.C., it’s a reminder of the importance of being prepared. This includes knowing the risks in your community, having a household plan and preparing an emergency kit. Having a disability means people likely need to consider preparations above and beyond the “basics.” To help you prepare for an emergency, visit www.gov.bc.ca/PreparedBC where you can download many helpful guides and plan templates, including resources for people with disabilities.

Proposals now being accepted for Inclusion BC’s 2022 conference

Inclusion BC’s annual conference, B.C.’s premier learning event on community inclusion and diversity, takes place in Surrey from May 26 to 28, 2022, at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Everybody Belongs.” Proposals for workshops and presentations at the conference are now being accepted up until January 31, 2022.

Do you have a workshop or presentation to share with others? Please read the call for proposals here, which includes instructions and the online application form.

First Nations Health Authority website lets you Talk to a Doc

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)’s Talk to a Doc video series, which you can find here, is a place where FNHA doctors answer common questions about vaccines in short, informative YouTube videos.

If you are an Indigenous person and want to talk to a doctor directly, you can contact the First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day by calling toll-free 1-855-344-3800. The service is available seven days a week from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm PST.

Crisis line available to Métis Citizens

Métis Citizens in distress can contact Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC)’s crisis line at any time by calling 1-833-638-4722.

With the recent floods impacting many parts of the province, MNBC has also created a page on their website here listing helpful information and resources.

Stories of Hope and Celebration

Finding hope in a challenging time

Sylvia Dirks is a CLBC Welcome Workshop Parent Presenter and former CLBC Upper Fraser Community Council Chair. Sylvia’s home in Abbotsford has been under extreme risk due to the recent floods. She offered to share her story to give others hope during this very challenging and stressful time. Thank you Sylvia!

On Sunday, November 14, my 65th birthday, we lost our basement and all its contents, including our daughter’s room, washroom and entire set-up. With another rainstorm coming, my husband and I set out to find help. We drove to Albert Dyck park where sandbags were being made by volunteers. With calm and kindness, the volunteer coordinator listened to our story and promised a sandbag delivery that evening. He also suggested that we drive to Huntington where the armed forces were working to keep the Nooksack from flooding. We were so amazed at the attention given to our concerns and even though they were not able to send help, they contacted the City and a truck drove out to our home to clear the storm sewer. Then our neighbours joined us to build a sandbag wall around our home.

On November 28, we woke up at 6:00 am to our backyard flooded again. I texted the group of volunteers and they all started arriving one at a time, some bringing friends, sump pumps, trucks and trailers for more sandbags. We were able to sandbag a wall in our yard and the yards of three neighbors! Then the group moved across the street to sandbag four more homes. It was all so unbelievable to see the volunteers arrive and help. Truckload after truckload kept arriving with sandbags to protect our homes.

Today we have a group of retired contractors and others who can’t get to their building jobs because of highway closures. They have come to help. So much goodness. We have a long way to go but it can only happen one step at a time and that is our focus. Somehow the skills we have learned with having our daughter join our family has provided us with so much help in how to keep on going through the tough times.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities celebrates the leadership of people with diverse abilities

Last Friday, December 3, marked United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), an annual celebration recognizing the important contributions people with developmental disabilities make to their communities.

The theme of this year’s IDPD was “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.” You can read a message from CLBC CEO Ross Chilton here recognizing the day and highlighting many examples of ways that people CLBC serves have stepped up and shown the value of their leadership and participation during these challenging times.

Gift-giving and celebration guide provides ideas for the festive season

Thanks to posAbilities for putting together this Buy Social! Your Gift Giving and Celebration Guide. The guide includes gift and experience ideas that will directly benefit artists with diverse abilities, advocates and organizations in the community living sector.

If you would like to list an item in this directory, please contact info@posAbilities.ca to learn more.

Support inclusive, local dining options 

Out and about this holiday Season? Try one of these inclusive dining options:

CoCo Cafe
The CoCo Café in Cedar on Vancouver Island is run by Cedar Opportunities BC Society, a charitable organization whose mission is to provide employment, training and socialization opportunities for people with diverse abilities within their community.

Round Up Café
The Round Up Café in partnership with UNITI is located at 10449 King George Blvd in Surrey. Make sure to grab a coffee or stay for a while when you are out running your errands.

The Granola Kid
The Granola Kid’s granola is pure without additives and preservatives. You can eat it as part of your breakfast meal or take it along with you as a snack. Click here to visit the website where you can order different flavours of granola and be sure to check him out on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/thegranolakid
If you know of any inclusive local businesses in your area who would like to be promoted, please email brianne.samson@gov.bc.ca.

Signing off

Reminder: We (still) want to hear from you about this CLBC COVID-19 Update for Individuals and Families

Starting in March 2020, the CLBC COVID-19 Update for Individuals and Families was one of the ways CLBC communicated with people connected to CLBC to share up-to-date information about the pandemic. Although COVID is still here, we recognize the information you find useful may have changed over this time.

We included a survey link to get your feedback in our November 12 Update, and now we’re including it one final time to make sure you get a chance to share your thoughts and suggestions. If you have already completed this survey, we appreciate your time!

If not, you can take the five-minute survey at this link: https://survey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6gJMFtteGnmQoXc

By sharing your input, we can make this CLBC COVID-19 Update for Individuals and Families something all readers find helpful and enjoyable. If you need assistance, please contact: brianne.samson@gov.bc.ca

This will be our last edition for 2021. We wish you the all the best for a safe and connected holiday season. Stay strong and we look forward to bringing you more updates in the new year.

CLBC update for individuals and families regarding Omicron click here

 

January 18th,2021

CLBC update for individuals and families regarding Omicron

Dear self-advocates and family members –I hope you had a restful time over the holidays and are remaining safe in this New Year.

We continue to live in stressful times as we are seeing the rapid spread of new cases of COVID-19 due to Omicron. This is also the time when many people catch a cold and flu. Many of us have family, friends, and support staff who have become ill.

CLBC service providers, like schools and businesses, are experiencing staffing challenges as people get sick from Omicron and seasonal flu and colds. Those of you who manage your own supports may also be short some staff due to illness.

Public health experts tell us that we may be approaching the worst part of this wave and we hope it will soon begin to get better. However, the next weeks will be the hardest and we will have to work together to get through this time.

Safety is a top priority – make sure you get your booster

While Omicron is proving to be easier to catch, the evidence tells us that those who are vaccinated will be protected from serious illness and death. That is why it is still so important to get your vaccinations and to get your booster shot as soon as it is your turn.

If you have had your two shots, you are in the health computer system and will get your notification by email or text on your cell phone six months after your second shot. If you have had both your first and second Covid vaccine shot but do not have an email or cell phone, please contact your local health authority to arrange for your booster shot.

Here is general information about getting your booster:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/booster

If you have questions about getting your booster you can also call:
1-833-838-2323

Please make sure you ask a friend, family member, or support worker if you are unsure what to do. If you are a family member or friend, please check to see if the person you support needs help to get their booster as soon as they are eligible.

CLBC service providers have made contingency plans

Under the recent Order from the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), everyone who works at CLBC and for a CLBC funded service provider must now be vaccinated. CLBC has also been working with our service providers to ensure they continue to have strong safety plans in place that follow public health guidelines.

CLBC recently held a meeting to share ideas and practices from leaders in our sector for keeping services going. You can read about some of the ideas that were shared in our last message to service providers here.

Service providers are asking their staff, including leaders, to be prepared to jump in to fill work shifts to keep services going should regular staff become temporarily ill.

If an agency has a large number of staff call in sick, they may have to temporarily reduce or suspend some services like employment, skill development, and community inclusion in order to maintain critical housing services like group homes.

Service providers will keep you notified of any service changes, and we ask that you do what you can to help them during this time. This may mean being willing to change how you receive services, or sometimes staying home from a service for a few days.  We can only get through this time if we all come together to solve the challenges that arise.

If at any time you experience an urgent unexpected need, please reach out to your agency or CLBC facilitator.

Our next COVID-19 telephone support call on Jan. 24

We are all hopeful that by pulling together during these next weeks we will begin to see a decline in cases and continue our path toward a more normal life with regular supports and services.

To help get through this time, you can hear the latest information about Omicron from Deputy Provincial Health Officer Dr. Daniele Behn Smith on our next call.

DATE: Monday, January 24, 2022
TIME: 12 noon – 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
DETAILS: Vancouver 604-681-0260 or Elsewhere 1-877-353-9184
PARTICIPANT CODE: 18451#

You can pre-submit questions for this call by sending an email with the subject line: JAN 24 COVID CALL to clbcInfo@gov.bc.ca .

Thank you for being kind, understanding, and supportive during this difficult time. I am so grateful to see everyone reaching out to help each other. I am confident that we will get through this time and be stronger and better, together.

Sincerely,

Ross Chilton
CEO
Community Living BC

Govt of Canada News Covid 19 Here 

Federal Briefing on the response to Covid 19

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

January 21st,2022 | 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. PocketWell, a free companion app to the WTC online portal, provides another way to help Canadians access online mental health and substance use resources, and measure and track aspects of their mental well-being.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) continues to monitor COVID-19 epidemiological indicators to quickly detect, understand and communicate emerging issues of concern. The following is a brief summary with the latest national numbers and trends.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 2,868,862 cases of COVID-19 and 32,220 deaths reported in Canada. These cumulative numbers tell us about the overall burden of COVID-19 illness to date, while the number of active cases, now at 298,509, and 7-day moving averages indicate current disease activity and severity trends. As very high infection rates challenge or exceed testing capacity, daily new and active case numbers underestimate the true number of current infections. Hence, a range of other indicators, from laboratory test positivity to daily numbers of people in hospitals and critical care continue to be important for monitoring trends.

During the latest 7 day period (Jan 14-20, 2022), an average of 25,821 new cases were reported daily across Canada. While this is a 28% decrease compared to the week prior, infection rates remain elevated and are increasing in some jurisdictions. Laboratories across Canada continue to test at a very high level. During the latest 7-day period (Jan 9-15, 2022), laboratory test positivity was 23%, indicating continued widespread community transmission.

Although evidence from ongoing surveillance and recent studies indicates that the risk of hospitalisation is lower for Omicron compared to Delta, the enormous volume of cases is placing a heavy strain on the healthcare system, both because of increased hospital admissions as well as high numbers of illness and need for isolation among health care workers. The latest provincial and territorial data show that an average of 10,041 people with COVID-19 were being treated in hospitals each day during the most recent 7-day period (Jan 14-20, 2022), which is 38% higher than last week and exceeds all previous peaks. This includes, on average, 1,143 people who were being treated in intensive care units (ICU) daily, which is 24% higher than last week and an average of 146 deaths were reported daily (Jan 14-20, 2022). Keeping infection rates down remains key to mitigating the rise in severe illness trends as much as possible over the coming weeks.

Immunization for all those who are eligible, but are yet to receive their primary series, remains a top priority. Although uncertainties remain, evidence suggests that while two doses of vaccine may not provide good protection against getting infected, a two-dose primary series still provides good protection against hospitalisation. Encouragingly, the latest evidence indicates that a third dose improves protection against both infection and hospitalisation due to the Omicron variant.

As of January 20, 2022, provinces and territories have administered over 74 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. The latest provincial and territorial data indicate that over 77% of the total population are now fully vaccinated. Age-specific vaccine coverage data, as of January 15, 2022, show that over 88% of people 12 years or older have at least one dose and over 83% are fully vaccinated. Among children aged 5-11 years of age, who have more recently become eligible for vaccination, 51% have at least one dose.

All told, over 6.5 million eligible Canadians need one or more doses to complete their primary series and many others are eligible to get a booster dose to help improve protection that may have decreased since their second dose. Moreover, there is accumulating evidence that a booster dose results in better protection against severe illness from Omicron. As of January 20, over 13 million third doses have been administered to date. National data as of January 15, 2022 indicate that 72%-75% of seniors aged 70 years or older and 44%-59% of 50-69 year olds have received an additional dose.

While COVID-19 is still circulating in Canada and internationally, a vaccines plus approach continues to be essential to the pandemic response in Canada. This includes layering vaccination with timed and targeted public health measures and individual protective practices. In particular, properly wearing a well-fitted and well-constructed face mask when with others outside of your immediate householdavoiding crowding, and getting the best ventilation possible in indoor spaces, are layers of protection that can reduce your risk in all settings. Canadians are advised to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada at this time; if you must travel, be aware of requirements for visiting other countries and for returning to Canada.

We can also stay healthier during the winter respiratory season by getting up-to-date with other recommended vaccines, such as influenza and routine vaccines for children and adults. For additional information regarding vaccination in your area, reach out to your local public health authorities, healthcare provider, or other trusted and credible sources, such as  Immunize.ca and Canada.ca, which includes information to help Canadians understand the benefits of being vaccinated against COVID-19.

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.

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This on Govt of Canada Website go to the link here

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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 -January 18th,2022

This is the Briefing of The WHO News Conference that was Today Tuesday January 18, 2022

 

Weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19 -18 January 2022 Edition 75 Emergency Situational Updates Overview

Globally, the number of new COVID-19 cases increased in the past week (10-16 January 2022), while the number of new deaths remained similar to that of the previous week. Across the six WHO regions, over 18 million new cases were reported this week, a 20% increase, as compared to the previous week. Over 45 000 new deaths were also reported. As of 16 January, over 323 million confirmed cases and over 5.5 million deaths have been reported worldwide.

Despite a slowdown of the increase in case of incidence at the global level, all regions reported an increase in the incidence of weekly cases with the exception of the African Region, which reported a 27% decrease. The South-East Asia region reported the largest increase in new cases last week (145%), followed by the Eastern Mediterranean Region (68%). New weekly deaths increased in the South-East Asia Region (12%) and Region of the Americas (7%) while remaining approximately the same as the previous week in the other regions.

In this edition, we also provide two updates on:

  • The WHO COVID-19 global rapid risk assessment
  • The geographic distribution of circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOCs)

 

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

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