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
COVID-19 Immunization Plan
The next step in BC’s plan to safely restart June 14, 2021
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
B.C. launches restart plan to safely bring people back together
Premier, community leaders working together to get everyone registered
People deemed clinically extremely vulnerable prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine
Expanding vital mental health, substance use services to help young people thrive
Province introduces travel restrictions to curb spread of COVID-19
B.C.’s Response to COVID-19 Last updated: June 17th, 2021
How to get vaccinated for COVID-19
Here it is the Covig 19 videos made by SAS and SALN. go to this link to watch it click here
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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.
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Practicing social distancing does not mean counselling services are not available. We have the means to assist you via telephonic means or web applications.
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These increases specifically target warmer-weather tourist destinations such as Stanley Park, White Pine Beach, Buntzen Lake, Rocky Point Park, and Lions Bay. Some specific increases include:
- Seasonal service is doubling on Routes 150 (Coquitlam Central Station / White Pine Beach), 179 (Coquitlam Central Station / Buntzen Lake), and 182 (Moody Centre Station / Belcarra).
- Service on Route 262 (Lions Bay / Caulfield) will now run until 11:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.
- Service on Route 19 (Metrotown / Stanley Park) will now depart every 5-7 minutes between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. every weekday.
TransLink adjusts service quarterly to reflect changes in seasonal travel patterns based on demand from previous years. We will continue to closely monitor customer demand throughout the summer and adjust service appropriately.
For the full list of seasonal service changes beginning on June 21, visit our Service Changes Webpage. Plan your trip today with Google Maps.
TransLink Media Relations
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BC Transit mandatory face-covering policy update
BC Transit is updating our mandatory face covering policy to align with the mandatory mask order implemented by the
Province of BC. It is required that customers are wearing face covering when on board a BC Transit vehicle. The order from the Province of BC also requires customers waiting at covered bus stops to be wearing a face covering.
To ensure everyone’s safety and compliance with the new order, we are asking everyone to wear a face covering for your entire transit journey.
Our exemption list is being adjusted to align with the order from the Province of BC. Exemptions include:
- People with health conditions or with physical, cognitive or mental impairments who cannot wear one
- People who cannot remove a mask on their own .
- Children under the age of 12
Transit Operators working alone behind a full driver door or vinyl panel are also exempt from wearing a face mask as indicated by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. Staff on board BC Transit vehicles and not behind a full driver door or vinyl panel will be required to wear a face covering unless they meet the exemption criteria.
Aligning with the Province of BC criteria, face shields will no longer be considered acceptable as a face covering as it has an opening below the mouth. For a list of face coverings that you can use please visit bccdc.ca.
Our priority will continue to be on educating customers about the mandatory face covering policy. Current materials include signage on buses and at bus stops, onboard announcements (where available), and signage on our destination signs. We are rolling out new promotional materials in BC Transit communities, and will continue to raise awareness about the policy.
Transit Operators are responsible for the safe operation of their bus. As with any issues, the operator has the ability to report those being vocal to the noncompliance of the mask mandate to their transit supervisor or manager. Under the order, BC Transit supervisors and managers will now have authority to enforce compliance with the assistance of local authorities if necessary. It is important to remember there are reasons a person may not be able to wear a face covering.BC Transit asks customers to please be kind to each other, and if someone is not wearing a face covering to assume they meet our exception criteria. Customers who observe others not following the rules can report these instances to their local transit office. This information will help our team provide on-road support. Customers should not attempt to enforce the Ministerial Orders.
See more details about our COVID-19 response.
BC Transit updates Coronavirus COVID-19 Information latest here
BC Ferries Covid 19 Updates
COVID-19 Update – Important information – Last updated June 14, 2021
BC Ferries welcomes recreational travelers back on board
BC Ferries is advising customers travelling on routes that cross health regions they may resume non-essential travel, such as recreational travel, as of June 15 in accordance with the end of the Province’s travel restrictions Order that expires at 11:59 pm on June 14. Customers travelling on the following routes will no longer be asked if their travel is essential:
- Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay
- Tsawwassen – Duke Point
- Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands
- Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay
- Comox – Powell River
- Port Hardy – Prince Rupert
“The end of travel restrictions marks a key milestone in tackling COVID-19 and we are thrilled it means we can welcome everyone back on board,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President & CEO. “Our teams are ready to welcome back recreational travellers on all of our routes. We will be adding sailings back into the schedule as we get into the summer season to ensure we have the capacity to meet the anticipated demand.”
Mask policy update
To align with the Provincial Health Officer’s guidance and step 2 of the provincial restart plan, as of June 15, BC Ferries is relaxing its mandatory mask policy in outdoor spaces on its terminals. Wearing face coverings in outdoor spaces at the terminals is now optional. BC Ferries’ vessels are federally regulated. Transport Canada’s current regulations mandate face coverings and physical distancing requirements on board. The wearing of masks on BC Ferries’ ships both indoors and outdoors continues to be a requirement, when not in your vehicle. Learn more.
Transport Canada screening
For any route longer than 30 minutes, BC Ferries will screen all customers for COVID-19 symptoms and restrict travel to any customer that does not meet the screening requirements, as per the federal guidelines. Learn more.
When travelling, we require customers wear a face covering onboard or inside our terminal buildings. Reservations for foot passengers are available for travel between Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands and our North Coast routes, and can now be made online. On all other routes, foot passengers will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis until passenger capacity has been reached, and tickets may be purchased at the terminal.
- Customers requiring wheelchair assistance: We are unable to provide wheelchair assistance at terminals or on board ferries. If you require a wheelchair, request one at the terminal. We ask that you travel with your own wheelchair assistant if required.
- For more information on travelling with BC Ferries during the COVID-19 Pandemic click here
- Updates from our President and CEO Mark Collins
- For more information on schedules visit bcferries.com/schedules
This on BC Ferries Website go to the link here
Govt of Canada News Covid 19 Here
Federal Briefing on the response to Covid 19
Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
June 19th, 2021 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create stress and anxiety for many Canadians, particularly those who do not have ready access to their regular support networks. Through the Wellness Together Canada online portal, people of all ages across the country can access immediate, free and confidential mental health and substance use supports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
As COVID-19 activity continues in Canada, we are tracking a range of epidemiological indicators to monitor where the disease is most active, where it is spreading and how it is impacting the health of Canadians and public health, laboratory and healthcare capacity. At the same time, the Public Health Agency of Canada is providing Canadians with regular updates on COVID-19 vaccines administered, vaccination coverage and ongoing monitoring of vaccine safety across the country. The following is the latest summary on national numbers and trends, and the actions we all need to be taking to reduce infection rates, while vaccination programs expand, including acceleration of second dose programs, to better protect people and communities across the country.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,407,269 cases of COVID-19 and 26,023 deaths reported in Canada; these cumulative numbers tell us about the overall burden of COVID-19 illness to date. They also tell us, together with results of serological studies, that a large majority of Canadians remain susceptible to COVID-19. However, as vaccination programs expand at an accelerated pace, there is increasing optimism that widespread, stronger and longer lasting immunity can be achieved by fully vaccinating a high proportion of Canadians over the coming weeks and months.
As immunity is still building up across the population, public health measures and individual precautions remain crucial for COVID-19 control. Thanks to public health measures in place and people across Canada continuing with individual precautions, the strong and steady declines in disease trends continues, with reported active cases down by 84% since the peak of the third wave in Canada. The latest national-level data show a continued downward trend in disease activity with an average of 1,137 cases reported daily during the latest 7 day period (June 11-17), down 27% compared to the week prior. Until vaccine coverage is sufficiently high to impact disease transmission more broadly in the community, it is important to remain vigilant and not ease restrictions too soon or too quickly.
With the considerable decline in infection rates nationally, the overall number of people experiencing severe and critical illness is also steadily declining. Provincial and territorial data indicate that an average of 1,481 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the most recent 7-day period (June 11-17), which is 22% fewer than last week. This includes, on average 651 people who were being treated in intensive care units (ICU), 18% fewer than last week. Likewise, the latest 7-day average of 20 deaths reported daily (June 11-17) is continuing to decline, showing a 36% decrease compared to the week prior.
Overall, variants of concern (VOCs) represent the majority of recently reported COVID-19 cases across the country. Four VOCs (B.1.1.7 (Alpha), B.1.351 (Beta), P.1 (Gamma), and B.1.617.2 (Delta)) have been detected in most provinces and territories. While the Alpha variant continues to account for the majority of genetically sequenced variants in Canada, the Delta variant is increasing in some areas. As Canada continues to monitor and assess genetic variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including impacts in the Canadian context, we know that vaccination, in combination with public health and individual measures, are working to reduce spread of COVID-19.
As vaccine eligibility continues to expand, Canadians are encouraged to get vaccinated and support others to get vaccinated as soon as they are able. As well, with provinces and territories accelerating second dose programs, those who are eligible are urged to get fully vaccinated, including getting the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series. The second immune-boosting dose substantially lowers our personal risk of infection and serious harms, provides stronger protection against certain variants of concern, including the Delta variant, and may make immunity last longer. Canadians are reminded that it is safe and effective to receive one vaccine product for your first dose and a different vaccine product for your second dose to complete your two-dose vaccine series for optimal protection from COVID-19.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has provided updated guidance on the use of mixed vaccine schedules in COVID-19 vaccination programs. NACI’s latest guidance, released this week, considered a range of factors from emerging scientific evidence to safety concerns through vaccine supply to provide recommendations on first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. This advice provides provinces and territories with safe and effective options to manage their vaccine programs, specifically advising that:
- For first doses:
- An mRNA vaccine, such as Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, should be offered to start the COVID-19 vaccine series, unless there is a contraindication, for example an allergy to one of the mRNA vaccine or its ingredients.
- For second doses:
- While people who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine can receive either an mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or AstraZeneca, the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are preferred for their second dose, unless contraindicated.
- People who received a first dose of an mRNA, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, COVID-19 vaccine should be offered the same mRNA vaccine for their second dose if readily available. If the same mRNA vaccine is not readily available at the clinic, another mRNA vaccine is considered interchangeable and should be offered to complete the vaccine series.
The change to preferring an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for the second dose is based on emerging evidence indicating a potentially better immune response from this mixed vaccine schedule and to avoid the potential risk of Vaccine-Induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) associated with viral vector vaccines. However, people who received two doses of AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine can rest assured that the vaccine they received provides good protection against infection and very good protection against severe disease and hospitalization.
Regardless of our vaccination status while COVID-19 is still circulating, it is important to remain vigilant, continue following local public health advice, and consistently maintain individual practices that keep us and our families safer, even as the positive impacts of COVID-19 vaccines are building: stay home/self-isolate if you have any symptoms, think about the risks and reduce non-essential activities and outings to a minimum, avoid all non-essential travel, and maintain individual protective practices of physical distancing, hand, cough and surface hygiene and wearing a well-fitted and properly worn face mask as appropriate (including in shared spaces, indoors or outdoors, with people from outside of your immediate household).
For more information regarding the risks and benefits of vaccination, I encourage Canadians to reach out to your local public health authorities, healthcare provider, or other trusted and credible sources, such as Canada.ca and Immunize.ca. Working together, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, Canada’s Chief Medical Officers of Health and other health professionals across the country are closely monitoring vaccine safety, effectiveness and optimal use to adapt approaches. As the science and situation evolves, we are committed to providing clear and evidence-informed guidance in order to keep everyone in Canada safe and healthy.
Canadians can also go the extra mile by sharing credible information on COVID-19 risks and prevention practices and measures to reduce COVID-19 in communities. Read my backgrounder to access more COVID-19 Information and Resources on ways to reduce the risks and protect yourself and others, including information on COVID-19 vaccination.
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 June 19th,2021
COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group will continue to help guide Government action on disability inclusion
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Government of Canada invests to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in research
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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 -June 18th,2021
This is the Briefing of The WHO News Conference that was Today June 18th,2021
Weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19 – 15 June 2021 Edition 44 Overview
In the past week, the number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths continued to decrease, with over 2.6 million new cases and 72 000 new deaths reported globally. While the number of cases reported globally now exceeds 175 million, over the past week, the lowest weekly case incidence since February 2021 was reported. Declines in the number of new weekly cases, compared to the previous week, were reported across all Regions except for the African Region. The number of new deaths reported in the past week decreased across all the regions except for the African and South-East Asia Regions.
In this edition, a special focus update on variants is provided, including a newly designated variant of interest (VOI), along with the geographical distribution of variants of concern (VOCs) Alpha (B.1.1.7), Beta (B.1.351), Gamma (P.1) and Delta (B.1.617.2). This edition also includes an update about strengthening public health intelligence through event-based surveillance, specifically learning from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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