Posted on: March 6, 2020

Dear members,

 

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is raising concerns and questions for members and staff of the Westend Seniors Activity Centre (WSAC). At this time, no new directives have been given by Alberta Health Services. However, we want to ensure you have the latest related information and know where you can access appropriate support should you need it. 
 

The health and safety of the WSAC members and staff – whether at home or abroad – is our top priority.

As a member of the WSAC, it is important that we are prepared and take action if needed. Each of us has a role to play. At this time, please take particular note of the following WSAC preventative measures based on the direction from public health authorities: 
  • The most important measure that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene. This includes avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately, and staying home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Wash and/or sanitize your hands often and well. WSAC has auto Wall-Mount Dispensers in different locations of the building. 
  • Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact Health Link 811 to see if follow up testing is required.
In particular to WSAC members,
  • Anyone (including members and their family members and social network) who returned or will be returning from those affected countries and areas (U.S., Iran, mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Italy, France, Germany, and other countries), please follow the advice from Alberta Health Services. Also, please inform WSAC staff team through email or phone once you come back from the trip. WSAC will be happy to assist your needs and process program-related refund when needed. 
  • Anyone who will be travelling outside of Canada, please consult the “Public Health Agency of Canada’s Travel Health Advisories page” (https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices). 
  • Anyone who returned or will be returning from Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec, please monitor yourself daily for 14 days after leaving the area for symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath. At the first sign of symptoms, please immediately self-isolate and call Health Link 811 and inform WSAC at your earliest convenience. 
  • Anyone who will be travelling to Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec, please practice usual precautions (e.g., hand washing) as suggested by the “Public Health Agency of Canada’s Travel Health Advisories page” (https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices).
WSAC staff team will keep our members informed through our multimedia platform. Alongside public health and travel authorities, please consult us regularly for prevention advice, travel restrictions, preparedness resources and other WSAC related information. 
 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation! We will conquer this challenge together. 

 

Please Note, Alberta Health Services and the Public Health Agency of Canada advise that the risk of contracting the virus in Alberta and Canada remains low. 

Haidong Liang, PhD
Executive Director

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