Parents for Community Living COVID-19 Information

Effective Monday March 16, all of our Day programs will be closed to all participants for a period of three weeks. Respite services will be suspended for three weeks as of March 20. We will re-evaluate the situation after that time

Communication from Parents for Community Living:

Parents for Community Living has been monitoring developments pertaining to COVID-19.  As you are aware, COVID-19 is a global pandemic.  As an organization that works in the vulnerable sector, the safety and well-being of the people we support and our staff team is of utmost importance.  Parents for Community Living will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates on this page as needed.

Parents for Community Living’s Pandemic Plan

Parents for Community Living is taking direction from the Waterloo Region Public Health Unit and other government officials to monitor the situation and will follow their recommendations.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the current public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada but acknowledges this can change rapidly. Current scientific information suggests older adults and persons with pre-existing conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic lung conditions or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more readily than others. 

Effective March 14, 2020: The Government of Canada has issued an official global travel advisory warning all Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.

All travellers arriving in Canada from international points are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution.

Everyday actions can help prevent the spread of germs and viruses like COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. How to use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve. Stop the spread of germs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

How does COVID-19 Spread?

  • Respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
  • Close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands

For most people, COVID-19 causes only mild illness. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

If You’re Experiencing Symptoms of COVID-19

If you think you have 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment to help determine if you need to seek further care.

Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your local public health unit

Please do not visit an assessment centre unless you have symptom

For reliable, up-to-date information on COVID-19, you may consult the Public Health Agency of Canada or the Ministry of Health.

Links:

Know the facts about COVID-19 https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/know-facts-about-coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Cleaning and disinfection for public services: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-environmental-cleaning.pdf?la=en

How to self monitor: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-self-monitor.pdf?la=en

How to self isolate:  https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate.pdf?la=en

Self isolation guide for care caregivers household members and close contacts fact sheet: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-guide-isolation-caregivers.pdf?la=en

Vulnerable populations and COVID-19: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/vulnerable-populations-covid-19.html

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Waterloo Region: https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/confirmed-positive-cases-in-waterloo-region.aspx