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
- 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?
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
What if I have a chronic condition?
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 Monday, September 20, 2021, 3:40 PM
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
Revised “Essential Visits” policy now supports people with disabilities during hospital visits
Page 3 Family and Visitor Policy click on picture below see document
BC Vaccine Card Keeping People Safe and Businesses Open
September 7, 2021
Proof of vaccination
Last updated: September 13, 2021
Find a drop-in vaccine clinic in your community
Last updated: September 16, 2021, How to get vaccinated for COVID-19
or click on picture below where see picture of videos below
Other related link to this Corona Virus help to prevent it so don’t get sick
Special Olympics BC has information bulletins if your athletes, volunteers, coaches can coach and athletes can play and volunteers can help click here
CloudMD See a doctor on your phone CloudPractice Inc
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com; Phone: 604-302-9648
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.
TransLink Media Relations
This on BC Translink website go to the link here
- 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.
See more details about our COVID-19 response.
BC Transit updates Coronavirus COVID-19 Information latest here
BC Ferries Covid 19 Updates
August 24, 2021
Mandatory masks policy returns at BC Ferries
As of Aug. 25, customers must wear mask while traveling
VICTORIA – Following the Aug. 24 announcement by the Public Health Officer, masks will be once again mandatory in all indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status, on BC Ferries vessels and at terminals starting Aug. 25 for customers 12 years of age and older.
Some exceptions will apply to the policy, such as if a customer is inside a vehicle or consuming food or drinks in designated areas for this purpose. Also exempt are customers with an underlying medical condition or disability that inhibits the ability to wear a mask, those who are unable to place or remove a face covering without assistance, and children under two years of age. In the event that a passenger cannot wear a mask due to medical reasons, BC Ferries may require passengers to present documentation from a healthcare professional.
BC Ferries has a number of additional preventive measures in place allowing customers to remain in their vehicles on open or upper car decks during the sailing, enhanced cleaning, sensitization stations and physical barriers.
BC Ferries asks customers to respect fellow passengers and crew. The company has a zero tolerance policy for abuse, including verbal abuse, towards employees. Employees are professionals doing their best to meet everyone’s needs. Service will be denied to customers who abuse employees. Travel bans can be imposed.
BC Ferries, Media Relations
Victoria: (250) 978-1267
Victoria: (250) 410-1465
Toll-free: 1-888-BCFERRY (1-888-223-3779)
This on BC Ferries Website go to the link here
CLBC update Self Advocates and Families September 17th,2021 click here
Govt of Canada News Covid 19 Here
Federal Briefing on the response to Covid 19
Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
September 17th, 2021 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada
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 summary of the latest national numbers and trends.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,564,090 cases of COVID-19 and 27,325 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 43,146, and 7-day moving averages indicate current disease activity and severity trends.
The latest national 7-day average of 4,375 new cases reported daily (Sep 10-16) is an increase of 16% over the previous week. Following weeks of rising case counts, national severity trends are also increasing, primarily involving unvaccinated people. The latest provincial and territorial data show that an average of 1,997 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the most recent 7-day period (Sep 10-16), which is 23% higher than last week. This includes, on average, 673 people who were being treated in intensive care units (ICU), 22% more than last week and an average of 25 deaths were reported daily (Sep 10-16).
During this fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, infections and severe outcomes have several key features:
- Nationally, the highly contagious Delta Variant of Concern (VOC), accounts for the majority of recently reported cases, is associated with increased severity, and may reduce the effectiveness of vaccines
- Most reported cases, hospitalisations and deaths are occurring among unvaccinated people
- Virus spread in areas with low vaccination coverage presents an ongoing risk for emergence of and replacement by new VOCs, including a risk of VOCs with the ability to evade vaccine protection.
Regardless of which SARS-CoV-2 variant is predominating in an area, we know that vaccination, in combination with public health and individual measures, continue to work to reduce disease spread and severe outcomes. In particular, evidence continues to demonstrate that a complete two-dose series of Health-Canada approved COVID-19 vaccines provides substantial protection. Based on the latest data from 12 provinces and territories for the eligible population, 12 years or older:
- From December 14, 2020 to August 28, 2021, 0.08% of fully vaccinated people became infected, with the majority of recent cases and hospitalizations occurring in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people.
- In recent weeks (August 1 – 28, 2021):
- the average weekly rate of new COVID-19 cases in unvaccinated people was 11 times higher than in the fully vaccinated.
- the average weekly rate of hospitalized cases in unvaccinated people was 39 times higher compared to fully vaccinated people.
As of September 16, 2021, provinces and territories have administered over 54 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with the latest provincial and territorial data indicating that over 85% of people aged 12 years or older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and over 79% are now fully vaccinated. Age-specific vaccine coverage data, as of September 11, show that from 77% to 97% of people in the eligible age groupings have received at least one dose and from 66% to 94% are fully vaccinated. As we head into the fall, covering this last stretch to reach very high vaccine coverage across all eligible age groups, especially those aged 18-39 years, could prove crucial to reducing the impact of the Delta-driven wave. We must strive to have as many eligible people as possible fully vaccinated as quickly as possible to protect ourselves and others, including those who may not mount a strong immune response or who cannot get vaccinated.
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 Canada.ca and Immunize.ca. Canada.ca provides a broad range of COVID-19 information and resources to help Canadians understand the benefits of being vaccinated against COVID-19 and find guidance on life after vaccination.
While COVID-19 is still circulating in Canada and internationally, core public health practices remain crucial: stay home/self-isolate if you have symptoms; be aware of risks associated with different settings; follow local public health advice and maintain individual protective practices. In particular, physical distancing and properly wearing a well-fitted and well-constructed face mask provide additional layers of protection that further reduce your risk in all settings. Canadians are advised to continue avoiding non-essential travel outside of Canada; if you must travel, be aware of the requirements for visiting other countries and for returning to Canada.
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.
Public Health Agency of Canada
This on Govt of Canada Website go to the link here
Here you will find the latest data on Covid-19 Cases in Canada on September 20th,2021
CANADA COVID-19 WEEKLY EPIDEMIOLOGY REPORT 05 SEPTEMBER TO 11 SEPTEMBER 2021 (WEEK 36) Published: 17 September 2021
Public health releases guidelines for Canadians fully vaccinated against COVID-19 June 25th,2021
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
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 -September 14th,2021
This is the Briefing of The WHO News Conference that was Today September 14th,2021
Weekly operational update on COVID-19 – 20 September 2021 / 20 September 2021 | Emergency Situational Updates Overview
- Delivering 2 million syringes for Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 vaccination drive
- Shipment of WHO life-saving medical supplies to Kabul, Afghanistan with support from Qatar
- WHO logistics hub airlifts largest single shipment of humanitarian cargo to Ethiopia
- WHO/Europe and Germany support children with disabilities in Belarus
- Rebooting COVID-19 response strategy and measures in Cambodia
- Expanding capacity for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) in the African Region
- External Quality Assessment for laboratories testing for SARS-CoV-2
- Testing Rapid Response Mobile Laboratories (RRML) deployment procedures and minimum standards in first virtual tabletop (V-TTX) exercise for RRML/GOARN
- Connecting countries to share experiences and learnings from their COVID-19 vaccine roll-out using the mini-cPIE (COVID-19 vaccination Intra-Action Review) process
- Progress on a subset of indicators from the SPRP 2021 Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
- Updates on WHO’s financing to support countries in SPRP 2021 implementation and provision of critical supplies.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Videos Click Here