March 13, 2020

The Covid 19 virus and subsequent health updates are changing daily and SCACL is required to be prepared for any eventuality.

At this time public health officials still state the risk remains low, However a few new preventative measures have been announced provincially and federally in the last 24 hours.

Recommendations include:

  1. Avoid large gatherings (over 250 people) Many have been cancelled.
  2. Do not travel internationally (travel within Canada is still OK)
  3. If you have travelled internationally (including to the USA), you must self isolate for 14 days upon your return
  4. If you feel unwell or have any cold or flu symptoms you should stay home 
  5. Please increase social distancing opportunities

Social Distancing Definition 

“This means avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings, considering shopping or taking public transport in off-peak hours and greeting one another with a wave or elbow instead of a handshake or hug. Where possible, increase social distancing with others to two arms’ length, approximately two metres.”

In addition SCACL may need to go to essential service levels (i.e. close or adjust public programs) as generic services such as our recreation centres may close, or health or licensing may recommend SCACL close day program. If you are a caregiver that accesses Day Program please be prepared by having alternate supports or respite in place. We will work closely with staff, caregivers and stakeholders should these control measures be required of us.

As previously mentioned, our public health experts state that the risk remains LOW and the best thing we can do is to maintain diligent hand washing practices, sneeze into tissue or arms not hands, keep touch point surfaces clean and avoid touching your face.

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