Posted on: June 24, 2020

There is alot of information out there right now about the pandemic.

We will be updating THIS post on a regular basis…check here if you want updated information, resources, to help you through this time

DAILY UPDATES
Please take the time to look at the different posts we have done for you on our WHAT”S NEW page.  We have found some positive, engaging facebook pages and websites for you to visit.  We know there is lots of negative information out there right now.  This is a way for you to be online and be looking at things that are much more fun to look and read about!

I look forward to connecting with you. Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, Stay Positive! Trust the Process! 

Haidong Liang
Executive Director,
Westend Seniors Activity Centre

 

ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICE & CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER UPDATES

 

Here is a summary of July 2 Message:

  • CLICK HERE to read the entire message from the Chief Medical Officer
  • As of today, there are now more than 7,500 Albertans who have recovered from COVID-19.
  • On June 30, we identified 30 new cases from over 6,900 test. Yesterday from approximately 7,600 tests, there were 64 new cases identified. 
  • Currently, there are 44 people hospitalized, with eight of those in intensive care.
  • Sadly, I must report one new death over the past 2 days. My heart goes out to all who are mourning the loss of a loved one.
  • It can be especially difficult for Albertans living with disabilities. People who have neurologic conditions and severe physical disabilities depend on caregivers for a broad range of living functions.
  • My colleagues at Alberta Health Services have developed a number of resources to support those living with severe disabilities, and their care providers, during the pandemic.
    • This includes a toll-free Rehabilitation Advice Phone line, which provides information on activities and exercises to support physical functioning, and strategies to manage daily activities.
    • It also provides links to in-person or virtual rehabilitation services, and to community resources that can provide supports.
    • Anyone who may need these services can find more information on how to access them on the Alberta Health Services website.
  • As we continue to work on refining our response to COVID-19 to meet the needs of different groups, it is important to reflect on how far we have come, and the many ways we have supported each other during these last few months.
  • COVID-19 is still here. It will be with us all summer, and into the fall, and it will almost certainly be here when we ring in the New Year.
  • In Alberta, we continue to identify cases in all age groups, and have seen a particular increase in those aged 20-39.
  • The good news is that we are not powerless. It is on us to decide what the rest of 2020 will look like. Whatever outcome we want to see this year – whether it’s in-school classes resuming in the fall,  keeping our favourite restaurants open, or keeping older friends and family members safe – we have the power to help make that a reality.
  • For those who test positive for COVID-19, the best way to help protect others is by working with public health contact tracers to ensure that anyone exposed to COVID is aware and knows how to prevent further spread.
  • Next week will be a break from my media availability, but public health professionals throughout the province will continue to work tirelessly to identify new cases and prevent the spread.
  • We will continue to post updated numbers online every weekday.

 

ABTraceTogether

ABTraceTogether is a voluntary, secure, mobile contact tracing application to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • You only need to download the app and provide your mobile phone number to register.
  • The app is now available to all Albertans in the Google and Apple App Stores.
  • Contact tracing, when complemented by aggressive testing, can help us interrupt ongoing transmission and reduce the spread.
  • AB TraceTogether relies on the use of wireless Bluetooth technology to log interactions as an encrypted “digital handshake”. This happens when two phones with the app get within two metres of one another for an overall total of 15 minutes within a 24-hour period of time.
  • In the event someone with the app tests positive for COVID-19, they will be asked to allow contact tracers at Alberta Health Services to use this information to further enhance manual contact tracing, and allow other app users to be contacted so they can be informed if they have been potentially exposed.
  • Even when app users who may have been exposed are contacted, user identities will not be shared, users will merely be informed that they have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The app does not use your phone’s GPS, and does not track the user’s location or contacts.
  • The only information exchanged between users’ phones is a random ID that is non-identifiable – nothing identifiable is exchanged.
  • Data is stored on your phone in an encrypted form for 21 days and then deleted.

Mask Wearing Instruction

  • Wearing a non-medical mask, such as a homemade cloth mask, has not been proven to protect the person who is wearing it. However, it may be helpful in protecting others around you.
    • This is because face coverings are another way to cover your mouth and nose to prevent respiratory droplets from contaminating other people or surfaces.
    • Wearing a mask may stop you from touching your nose or mouth. If you choose to wear a non-medical mask or face covering, it should be well-fitted and not gape at the sides.
    • Avoid moving or adjusting the mask. After wearing the mask, assume that it has been contaminated and take the proper precautions.
    • Critically, if you wear a mask, you must wash your hands before putting it on, as well as before and after taking it off.
    • Cloth masks should be worn only a short time, as there is some evidence that they can trap virus particles after they become damp, which may put the wearer at greater risk of being infected.
    • It is critical that used masks be carefully handled to avoid spreading infection to others.

Mandatory Isolation 

  • Following the public health guidance will save lives. Those of you on home isolation, thank you for doing your part. Those of you who chose to stay home and away from others because you had a mild illness, thank you for doing the right thing.
  • If you are quarantined because you recently came back from outside the country, or you if you are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID, you must remain on your own property, rented or owned. You are only permitted to go outdoors on your deck, in your back yard or on a balcony. Under no circumstance should you leave your property during the 14 days of self-isolation.
  • Staying inside can save lives.
  • This is also not the time for people to go out to their summer cottages or seasonal villages to self-isolate. Services and supports are limited in these communities. Please stay in your own home, and away from others, if you are feeling unwell.
  • While Albertans must practice physical distancing, it is important to remain socially connected. Text or call an old friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. Video chat with a family member or loved one.
  • These trained professionals are going above and beyond to stop the spread of the virus, both at their work places and in their homes.
  • patients in hospital will no longer be able to have any visitors in person.

Advice to stay healthy

  • I want to reiterate my call to please stay home if you are sick. Always wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds throughout the day, with soap and warm water. Practice physical distancing in every possible facet of your lives.
  • limit sharing of open food, even between family members.
  • Don’t share snacks, like a family popcorn bowl, open candy, nuts or other snacks like this.
  • Don’t share cups, drinks or utensils, and have one person as the designated person to serve all others so that a serving utensil is handled by only one person.
  • Wash your hands, disinfect surfaces often, include this in your daily household routine and make it part of the new normal for your children also.
  • Families may need to find creative ways to keep children occupied. One suggestion is to partner with a “cohort” family, where both families agree to isolate from everyone else and to focus on supporting each other.

Keep social distancing

  • We must maintain social-distancing practices – even when we are together with family.
  • Now is not the time to visit grandparents for Sunday dinner.
  • Now is not the time to host or attend a potluck with friends.
  • Now is not the time to plan for a family reunion.
  • This is the time to stay home and work together to limit the spread.

Mental Wellness

  • It’s important to remember that we are all in this together. Now, more than ever, we need to take care of each other…this means now, more than ever, keeping a physical distance…and now more than ever finding creative ways to maintain our bonds and stay socially connected.
  • Albertans can text COVID 19 Hope to 393939 to subscribe. In return, they’ll receive daily text messages on healthy thinking or actions to help manage their mood.

 

  • ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES WEBSITE – CLICK HERE to see information such as:
  • Latest news from the government
  • Postponed scheduled and elective surgeries
  • Public health restrictions (mass gatherings & Schools)
  • What Should I Do If I Think I Have COVID-19?
  • Information about About COVID-19
  • The risk of exposure in Alberta
  • How to prepare and Create a household plan of action
  • Information on self-isolation
  • Information for travellers
  • Tips to protect you and your family against all respiratory illnesses, including flu and COVID-19,
  • Symptoms for COVID-19
  • Resources
    • Help in tough times – resources and contact information for agencies that can help
    • cleaning guidelines
  • TRAVEL ADVISORIES
     CLICK HERE TO STAY UP TO DATE AND READ THEIR FULL ADVISORIES:
  • COVID-19 ONLINE SCREENING (SELF ASSESSMENT TOOL)
  • CLICK HERE TO REVIEW THE SELF ASSESSMENT

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