Parents for Community Living COVID-19 Information

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:

Symptoms of COVID-19:

Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild – like the flu and other common respiratory infections – to severe. The most common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

If you have any symptoms use the self-assessment tool to help determine if you need to seek care or testing. If the self-assessment indicates that clinical assessment is necessary, this tool will connect you to a primary care provider (your own or an on-call provider). You may be referred for in-person assessment and/or testing, if needed.

COVID-19 Assessment and Testing Centres in Waterloo Region

If you have severe symptoms (such as severe difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, confusion, or loss of consciousness):

  • Call 911
  • Go to the hospital emergency department and advise them of your symptoms and travel history, if applicable

You do not need a phone assessment by Region of Waterloo Public Health to access appropriate healthcare from your health care provider or an emergency department if you are experiencing severe symptoms. Always call ahead when seeking care.

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

Links:

How to stay safe well and connected www.hcarddcovid.com/info

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