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.

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 Weekly News Sheet #8 from May 22nd,2020 is out in this news-sheet is on
what the Self-Advocate Leadership Network is doing.
(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

Also Some Grocery Stores will be mandatory to wear mask  and  allow  Seniors and People with Disabilities to shop in stores in Mornings

 

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

 

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

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

 

Please consider participating in a survey to assess the international impact of COVID-19

on people with an intellectual disability and their family members.

Survey available here: https://tinyurl.com/COVID19IDD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While #COVID19 has affected the lives of all Canadians, the Public Health Agency of Canada has identified certain populations, such as persons with disabilities, that are at an increased risk for infection and may be more impacted by isolation measures.
Our new infographic provides a snapshot of the potential challenges they may face during the pandemic: http://ow.ly/N6vl50Aqx1d.

 

This where Federal Govt of Canada news here 

Government of Canada announces plan to help support Canadians through the next phase of the recovery

Thursday August 20, 2020  

This on Canada Govt Website go to the link here

People First Covig 19 Resources

Canadian Association for Community Living Covid 19 Resources

CLBC Weekly Update for Individuals & Families  October 21st,2020 go to this link click here 
October 21st,2020
Welcome to the October 21 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. 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

How to vote during COVID-19

General voting day for the B.C. Provincial Election is October 24, 2020. Elections BC has worked with the Provincial Health Officer to make sure everyone can vote safely. This year, you can vote in person on general voting day or in advance (until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2020).

If you have any questions about local voting opportunities, you can contact your District Electoral Officer (find their contact information at elections.bc.ca/deo) or contact Voter Services at voterservices@elections.bc.ca or 1-800-661-8683.

Plain language teleconference summary and audio recording now available

Last Thursday, a teleconference for individuals and families took place with Dr. Daniele Behn Smith, Deputy Provincial Health Officer, Michael Prince, CLBC Board Chair and Ross Chilton, CLBC CEO. The call shared the latest health information and guidance on COVID-19.

You can read a plain language summary of the teleconference call here. This summary, as well as the audio recording of the call, are also posted to the CLBC website here.

The next monthly teleconference for individuals and families is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17, from 3:00 p.m to 4:00 pm. An invitation to this call will be sent out by email in November and shared on the teleconference webpage here.

Thank you to families who participated in the resiliency survey

On behalf of CLBC and community partners Inclusion BC, Family Support Institute (FSI BC), Vela Canada and BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS), we would like to say thank you to individuals and families who shared their time and energy to participate in the recent Family Resiliency Survey. Your willingness to provide insight and feedback on your lived experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic is really appreciated. It also, importantly, helps to inform us about what will be most helpful to individuals and families in facing challenges in the months ahead. CLBC is now working with its partners to identify ways we can work together to provide helpful supports, and we will report on those as soon as possible.

October Is Registered Disability Saving Plan (RDSP) Month

During these uncertain times it has never been more important to consider the future economic security of people with diverse abilities. In 2014, the government of B.C. declared October RDSP Awareness Month to help raise awareness about this registered savings plan. The RDSP is the world’s first savings plan specifically designed for people with disabilities. Even with little to no personal contributions, there are significant government contributions available to help many Canadians with disabilities to save for their future.

Throughout the month of October, Access RDSP, a partnership between Plan Institute, BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society and Disability Alliance BC, will be sharing content, information and resources through social media channels and their websites to improve awareness of the RDSP.

Learn more about the month by visiting rdsp.com/rdsp-awareness-month and you can also find a guide to the RDSP here. CLBC also has information and stories from families about the RDSP here.

One-time payment for people with disabilities starting October 30

Those who are eligible for the Government of Canada’s one-time payment for people with disabilities will automatically start receiving payment on October 30, 2020. This non-taxable payment provides up to $600 in recognition of the expenses faced by persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about the payment and eligibility, visit the Government of Canada website here.

Recommendations for a safe Halloween

Halloween can be a fun and social time of year, but this year we need to celebrate a little differently. Check out the BC Centre for Disease Control website here for advice on Halloween parties, handing out candy and more. Their key piece of advice is to “celebrate less socially and trick-or-treat locally this Halloween.”

A message from the FNHA: Keep your bubble small into fall   

A recent spike in COVID-19 positive tests in B.C. First Nations communities shows that the threat remains real. The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is encouraging First Nations individuals and communities to continue observing physical distancing, maintain small social bubbles, and avoid gatherings as the daily count of new COVID-19 cases remains high. You can read the full message from the FNHA here.

 

 

Staying connected and supported

Here to Help BC offers mental health screening self-tests 

Screening self-tests offered by Here to Help BC can be a helpful tool to find out if how you are feeling, or the choices you are making, may need help from a doctor or health professional. These tests are not a diagnosis, but they can give you a ‘picture’ of your feelings.

Thinking about the way you feel can help show you areas of your life that might need more attention. And, even if you feel okay right now, it’s good to learn about signs that might mean you need more help.

If you decide you want to see your doctor, you can even print out or save your results and read them at your appointment. This can be helpful if you’re nervous about talking with your doctor or have a hard time describing what you’re feeling. Find these screening self-tests on Here to Help BC’s website here.

Mental health for adults with developmental disabilities during COVID-19: A virtual course for families and caregivers

The Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is inviting family caregivers of adults with developmental disabilities to take part in a virtual course on mental health, developmental disabilities and COVID- 19. This course is offered as a six-week series starting November 3, 2020 (from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PST). Topics will vary from week to week and include: healthcare communication, self-care, dealing with grief and loss, and more.

Find out how to register and see the course overview and schedule here. For information about programs and services at CAMH, please visit www.camh.ca or call 416-535-8501 (or 1-800-463-6273).

Choose to plan: Free webinars from Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre And Registry

COVID-19 reminds us to be prepared and plan for the future. Nidus offers both free live webinars and recorded presentations. Click here for more information about these sessions.

Here are some topics covered by both live and recorded sessions:

  • What if I’m hospitalized? Don’t wait!
  • Types of power of attorney – what do I need?
  • Consent – for care facility admission? for health care decisions?
  • Joint Ownership: the Good, the Bad and the Risky!
  • Making a will? What if someone dies without a will?
  • Being a representative. Being an attorney. Being effective!

You can see their October schedule, including information about each session, here.

myCommunity BC is on Instagram!

myCommunity BC is your online map to inclusive and welcoming places across B.C. Thank you for all the amazing community places, especially during COVID-19, that have been added to the map by citizens like you who care about inclusion and belonging for all. We want to be able to share these inclusive community assets with you quickly, in ‘real time’, no matter where in B.C. you are. Join this new adventure as myCommunity BC shares inclusive and welcoming places on Instagram through their new channel at: www.instagram.com/mycommunitybc. (If you’re using the Instagram app on your mobile device, just search for “mycommunitybc”).

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

AutismBC hosts virtual “Telling Your Story” workshop

AutismBC provides free, safe, and supportive community events where everyone can be themselves. These events are an opportunity for members to come together, talk and have fun with others who understand and share similar life experiences.

Their upcoming “Telling Your Story” session is developed for people who identify as living on the spectrum and is intended to engage the autistic young adult and adult community. Here’s the Facebook link to find out more about the event, as well as how to register to tune in via Facebook Live on October 27. (This session will NOT be broadcast to the general AutismBC page. You must register to take the workshop and no recording will be kept.)

Keeping busy and safe during COVID-19

This story by Charmaine Johnson (CJ), was originally published on SelfAdvocateNet.com here:

My name is Charmaine. Some of my friends call me CJ. I am a Self Advocate of Nanaimo.

We have meetings by telephone because of COVID. We are doing a workshop to teach others about being a self advocate.

Every month we have a learning circle. We learn things about living a good life. At our last circle we wore silly hats and had mini self-care pies. We shared our stories about friendship, played friendship balloon tennis and made a friendship circle out of blue paper ribbon.

During COVID I try to keep busy. I like to get out, do stuff and meet people. I volunteer at the Bike Shop. People are friendly and helpful there. They give me a chance to learn new skills. I get to fix bikes, patch tubes and recycle tires. Every two weeks I go to the farmer’s market with my friend Barbara. We buy fresh vegetables, fruits and meats through a coupon program at Foodshare Nanaimo. I met a new friend in my neighbourhood when I was walking my dog Sassy.

Last month I wrote a letter to the editor asking people to stay safe and follow Dr. Bonnie’s health rules. We can all stay safe if we follow the rules:

  • Keep six feet apart
  • Keep your social bubble small
  • Wear a mask
  • Be kind to others

 

Stories of hope and encouragement

Warrior Up and stay away together

We are all connected. What we do as individuals impacts our family, our friends, our community and the world. IllumiNative is mobilizing Native peoples, artists, and allies to #WarriorUp in the fight against COVID-19.  See if you can spot any Hollywood celebrities in IllumiNative’s fun and inspiring video message here.

Public health posters created by and for Indigenous people 

Native Realities has worked with some of the best Indigenous comic artists and graphic designers to create a series of COVID-19 “health propaganda” posters.

The posters, which are free to download digitally here, feature the work of artists Roy Boney Jr., Arigon Starr, Dale Deforest and Vanessa Bowen.

Read a story about these posters from CBC News here.

Richmond Society for Community Living (RSCL) presents a virtually inspired art exhibit

Every year RSCL celebrates Community Inclusion Month by partnering with the Richmond Art Gallery to present an art exhibit that features masterpieces produced by artists from the Avenues art program. Typically, this exhibit is on display at Richmond City Hall Galleria to allow visitors to see beyond disability to ability. This year RSCL is presenting the exhibit virtually. Click here to see all of the art works and learn about the artists who created them.

Signing off

As we sign off we’d like to acknowledge our elders and how difficult it can be for older people to stay connected during COVID-19. Let’s work together to make sure everyone feels safe and connected during this time.

CLBC  Update  October 8th,2020 go to this link click here 

October 8th,2020
Monthly Service Provider Community of Practice Sessions – October 2020
Dear CLBC Service Providers –Thank you for participating in the Regional Community of Practice (CoPs) sessions co-hosted by the BCCEO Network and CLBC. These sessions are your opportunity to ask questions, share learnings and discuss the challenges and opportunities of Stage 2 with other providers and CLBC staff in your area.

We continue to offer these sessions on a monthly basis, and we are pleased to hear that they have been successful. In addition to the CoP sessions, we have initiated a ‘Recovery Planning/CoP Hub’. This is an online tool where you can learn more about Stage 2 recovery, ask questions and hear directly about other people’s experiences. Click the following link to access the hub: Service Provider Community of Practice – Stage 2 Recovery Hub.

To request access to the hub, or if you have any questions or agenda items you would like to send in advance, please send them to Lisa Makortoff at Lisa.Makortoff@gov.bc.ca.

Thank you for your interest!

Instructions:

Microsoft Teams is being used to host these CoPs. If you don’t have Microsoft Teams on your computer or phone you can download it for free here. To participate, you simply click on the CoP link and follow the prompts. You will need a computer or smart phone with a speaker and internet connection; there is no conference call line. FAQ’s for service providers continue to be updated here.

Regional Community of Practice (CoPs) sessions:

North Thompson Cariboo and Kootenay (e.g. Prince Rupert, Prince George, Kaslo, Cranbrook, Grand Forks Revelstoke)

October 28th from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Link to attend: Monthly Service Providers CoP, Stage 2 Recovery Plan: North, Kootenay and Grand Forks

South Interior (e.g. Okanagan, North Okanagan, South Okanagan, Princeton)

October 28th from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Link to attend: Monthly Service Providers CoP, Stage 2 Recovery Plan: Southern Interior

Vancouver Island (Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands)

October 29th from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Link to attend: Monthly Service Providers CoP, Stage 2 Recovery Plan: Vancouver Island

Lower Mainland (Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley)

October 29th from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Link to attend: Monthly Service Providers CoP, Stage 2 Recovery Plan: Lower Mainland

Province steps up support for community social services sector

New plan maps next steps forward in B.C.’s economic recovery

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: October 15th,2020

click on picture below

 

Hear is updates from BC Govt heath minister

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

Victoria Wednesday, October 21, 2020 3:22 PM

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Stephen Brown, deputy minister of health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

“Today, we are reporting 203 new cases, including three epi-linked cases, for a total of 12,057 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 1,766 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 4,294 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and 9,993 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Currently, 70 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 21 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 4,215 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 6,517 in the Fraser Health region, 244 in the Island Health region, 632 in the Interior Health region, 361 in the Northern Health region and 88 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There have been two new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 256 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There have been three new health-care facility outbreaks at Three Links Care Centre, Fort Langley Seniors Community and Baillie House. The outbreaks at Harrison West at Elim Village and White Rock Seniors Village have been declared over. In total, 18 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

“There has been one new outbreak at École de l’Anse-au-sable school in Kelowna with three members of the school community confirmed positive for COVID-19. Public health teams have directed a further approximately 160 members of the school community to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms. Interior Health will provide ongoing updates as the investigation continues.

“There also continue to be exposure events around the province. Public alerts and notifications are posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website and on all health authorities’ websites.

“Many of the new cases and recent community clusters of COVID-19 are directly connected to weddings, funerals and celebrations of life – times when we traditionally gather with family and friends.

“With COVID-19 still in our communities, we have seen that even small gatherings are risky right now. Inside or outside, large space or small, the fewer the faces the better.

“A wedding is meant to be a time of celebration, yet weddings and other important life occasions are a significant source of community transmission; transmission that has spread to health-care facilities, workplaces and schools.

“Now is the time to keep these celebrations small and to plan for bigger family gatherings at a time when we are no longer putting our seniors, elders and others at risk.”

Learn More:

BCCDC’s safer celebrations guidance: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/social-interactions/safer-celebrations

To learn more about the October 5 modelling presentation, visit:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/COVID19_Going_Forward_Oct_2020.pdf

Guidance for Halloween during COVID-19: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/social-interactions/halloween

To find the provincial health officer’s orders, visit:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

To see a map of COVID-19 cases by local health area visit:
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data

If you are experiencing symptoms, find a collection centre near you to get tested: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing

For mental health and anxiety support, visit: www.bouncebackbc.ca
Or: www.anxietycanada.com

For a listing of the community exposure events, go to:

BCCDC (flights, work sites, etc): http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures
Fraser Health: fraserhealth.ca/covid19exposure
Interior Health: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/public-exposures/
Island Health: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/outbreaks-and-exposures
Northern Health: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/outbreaks-and-exposures
Vancouver Coastal: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/public-exposures

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews
YouTube: www.youtube.com/ProvinceofBC

A backgrounder follows.

Assisted-living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

Assisted-living, long-term care homes and seniors’ rental buildings with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks are as follows:

Vancouver Coastal Health

  • Haro Park Centre long-term care facility (second occurrence)
  • Point Grey Private Hospital long-term care facility
  • Royal Arch Masonic Home long-term care facility (second occurrence)
  • Three Links Care Centre long-term care facility
  • Weinberg Residence long-term care facility

Fraser Health

  • Baillie House long-term care facility
  • Chartwell Carrington House assisted and independent living facility
  • Evergreen Baptist Care Society long-term care facility
  • Fort Langley Seniors Community long-term care facility
  • Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre long-term care facility
  • Good Samaritan Victoria Heights assisted-living facility
  • Peace Portal Seniors Village long-term care facility
  • PICS assisted-living facility
  • Rosemary Heights Seniors Village independent, assisted and long-term care facility
  • Sunset Manor assisted-living facility
  • The Village assisted-living and long-term care facility
  • Thornebridge Gardens assisted-living facility
  • Zion Park Manor long-term care facility

This on BC Govt website click here

Fall Update October 5th  ,2020

 HEALTH SECTOR PLAN FOR FALL/WINTER 2020/21 MANAGEMENT OF COVID-19

 

B.C. COVID-19 response update

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

updated October 5th,2020

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

 

Restart funding to support transit services people count on

 TransLink COVID-19 Update

Mandatory Face Covering Policy

 

  • Beginning Monday, August 24, TransLink will require customers to wear non-medical masks or face coverings while on-board transit vehicles.
    • Although Transit Police will be able to enforce a rule or signage requiring face coverings on transit, the initial focus of this policy will be on awareness and education.
    • Frontline employees may inform or remind customers to wear a face covering when on-board transit vehicles.
  • There are a number of important exemptions to this policy, which include:
    • Anyone with an underlying medical condition or disability which inhibits the ability to wear a mask or face covering;
      • These customers will have the option to request a TransLink branded card which notes they are exempt from wearing a face covering.
      • The cards will be made available at Compass Customer Service Centres at Stadium-Chinatown and Waterfront Stations.
    • Persons unable to place or remove a mask or face covering without assistance;
    • Children under 5 years of age;
    • Employees working behind a physical barrier or within areas designated for employees and not for public access (including Bus Operators while driving behind a barrier);
    • Police, employees, or first responders in an emergency.
  • This step is essential to ensuring customers have confidence riding transit as British Columbia’s economy continues to reopen and more people commute around the region.
    • Rebuilding transit ridership is crucial as our region’s economy reopens and road congestion returns. Customer confidence is key to rebuilding ridership.
    • Internal counts show approximately 40 per cent of customers are currently wearing face coverings on transit.
  • This policy around mandatory mask or face covering use is being added to TransLink’s Safe Operating Action Plan.
    • The plan has increased cleaning and sanitizing of transit vehicles and hubs, increased service levels and creates space between customers where possible.

This on BC Translink website go to the link here

 

 

Reminder: masks mandatory on BC Transit buses beginning Monday

Transit System: Global August 21st,2020

GLOBAL – BC Transit, in alignment with TransLink and other transportation agencies, will be proceeding with mandatory use of face coverings on buses in BC Transit communities across the province beginning Monday, August 24.

Accommodations will be permitted for children under the age of 5 and those that cannot wear a face covering for health reasons. Customers will be expected to supply their own face covering for their transit journey.

We recognize the advice from health professionals, including Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, has been to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible including on transit vehicles. Customers have indicated making the use of face coverings mandatory will create a more comfortable environment.

While face coverings will be mandatory, the policy will be implemented as an educational step without enforcement. The educational position is aligned with TransLink and other transit agencies in Canada.

We have been working hard to ensure customers are aware of our new policy through promotion and signage. We will continue to work with our local government partners to make transit a comfortable environment for staff and customers.

The Together We Ride campaign continues across the province, promoting the need to work together to make the transit journey comfortable for customers. Details are available here: bctransit.com/together-we-ride

For more details about the mandatory mask policy and BC Transit’s response to COVID-19, please visit bctransit.com or call your local transit office.

Media contacts

BC Transit communications
250-880-1303
media@bctransit.com

BC Transit updates Coronavirus COVID-19 Information latest here

 

Federal Briefing on the response to Covid 19

 Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

October,21st 2020 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada

Statement

In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:

“As the resurgence of 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. The following is the latest summary on national numbers and trends, and the actions we all need to be taking to maintain COVID-19 at manageable levels across the country.

Since the first cases were reported in March 2020, there have been 203,688 cases of COVID-19, including 9,794 deaths reported in Canada; these cumulative numbers tell us about the overall burden of COVID-19 illness to date. Though the numbers are high and continue to increase at an accelerated pace, it is important to remember that the vast majority of Canadians remain susceptible to COVID-19. This is why it is important for everyone to continue with individual precautions that will keep ourselves, our families and our communities safer.

Currently, cases of COVID-19 continue to increase across the country. At this time, there are 22,151 active cases across the country and the latest national-level data indicate daily averages of 2,401 new cases (Oct 14-20) and 74,719 people tested, with 3.1% testing positive (Oct 11-17).

The number of people experiencing severe illness is also increasing. Provincial and territorial data, indicate that an average of 979 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the most recent 7-day period (Oct 14-20), including 200 of whom were being treated in intensive care units. During the same period, there were an average of 20 COVID-19-related deaths reported daily.

As hospitalisations and deaths tend to lag behind increased disease activity by one to several weeks, the concern is that we have yet to see the extent of severe impacts associated with the ongoing increase in COVID-19 disease activity. As well, influenza and respiratory infections typically increase during the Fall and Winter, placing increased demands on hospitals. This is why it is so important for people of all ages to maintain public health practises that keep respiratory infection rates low.

Canada needs a collective effort to sustain the public health response through to the end of the pandemic, while balancing the health, social and economic consequences. We can all do our part by keeping our number of in-person close contacts low and committing to proven effective public health practises; stay home/self-isolate if you have any symptoms, maintain physical distancing, wear a face mask as appropriate, and keep up with hand, cough and surface hygiene. Canadians can also go the extra mile by sharing credible information on COVID-19 risks and prevention practises and measures to reduce COVID-19 in communities and by downloading the COVID Alert app to 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.”

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

 

 

HERE YOU WILL FIND THE LATEST DATA ON COVID-19 CASES IN Canada

 

 

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 – October 19th, 2020

This is Briefing of The WHO News Conference that was Today October 19th,2020

 

Who transcript of today’s  Press Briefing

World health Organization has Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice videos for the public Click Here

 

 

Protect yourself and others from getting sick

How to cope with stress during 2019-nCoV outbreak

Practice food safety

Shopping/Working in wet markets in China and Southeast Asia

 

Stay healthy while traveling

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

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    Antwan July 25, 2020

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