Posted on: March 12, 2020

  • “Today, I am announcing that seven new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in our province. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Alberta to 14. A breakdown of each case has been provided in the news release being sent out today.
  • “Three of the new cases are from the Edmonton zone, while the other four new cases are from the Calgary zone. They involve a range of ages and travel locations outside of Canada.
  • “This includes travellers returning from France, the Netherlands, Egypt, Iran, Taiwan, Germany, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, the Philippines and the United States.
  • “Many travellers visited more than one country during their trip. One of the individuals was on the same MS Braemar cruise ship in the Caribbean as a case announced yesterday.
  • “It is important to note that, while this is a list of the countries to which each individual travelled, it is too early to know in which of those countries they contracted the virus.

“I want to remind all Albertans that:

  • If you are returning from outside of Canada, you should closely monitor your health for 14 days.
  • If you start experiencing a fever or cough, even if it is mild, please self-isolate yourself immediately and call Health Link 811.
  • Do not go to an emergency department, urgent care centre, or family doctor’s office for this assessment and testing.

“What can Albertans do to prepare and protect themselves?  

  • “They can take seriously the role that all of us now play in protecting our fellow citizens.  
  • “As I mentioned yesterday, many people who get COVID-19 will experience minor symptoms and even recover on their own, but others are at risk of serious complications. In particular, COVID-19 can be extremely serious, and even fatal, for seniors and those with underlying health conditions.
  • “If you are feeling ill and are not sure if you should stay home or not, think about the people in your life who have a medical condition, or are elderly, and take the action you would want others to take to protect them.

 

Message from Haidong Liang Executive Director, Westend Seniors Activity Centre

The Board of Directors and the Administration are taking this situation very seriously.  We are taking extra measures to ensure the safety of our members.  Effective yesterday, March 10th, the WSAC will be following Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw suggestions and we will be taking the following operation decisions.”

  • Members who have recently been traveling and have returned to Canada within the last 14 days are encouraged to forgo participation at the centre until the 14 days has expired, as per Alberta Health Services.
  • WSAC encourages all members to consider purchasing their own personal exercise equipment for use while at WSAC. This includes, but is not limited to: Exercise bands – Yoga Straps & Yoga Blocks – Bender Balls – Free Weights
  • In the interest of member health and safety, WSAC’s exercise bands will be removed from the centre, once we are able to secure stock, then WSAC will have a modest supply of bands available for purchase in the near future.  When using any of the WSAC’s fitness equipment, please note that it is MANDATORY for members to disinfect the equipment after each use. This includes, but is not limited to: Fitness machines in the fitness room – Balls – Paddles and Racquets – Bands (While still available at the centre)

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