Communication from Parents for Community Living:
- September 4, 2020 Parents for Community Living Letter to Families
- July 20, 2020 Parents for Community Living Letter to Families
- June 23, 2020 Parents for Community Living Letter to Families
- June 9, 2020 Parents for Community Living Letter to Families
- May 15, 2020 – Virtual Meeting Pandemic Updates (Apr 27 – 29, 2020)
- April 10, 2020 Parents for Community Living Letter to Staff
- April 9, 2020 Parents for Community Living Letter to Families
- March 30, 2020 Parents for Community Living Letter to families re: Day Programs & Respite
- March 17, 2020 Parents for Community Living Letter to Families
- March 16, 2020 Parents for Community Living Letter to Staff
- March 13, 2020 Parents for Community Living Letter to Staff
- March 12, 2020 Parents for Community Living Letter regarding Day Programs and Respite
- March 11, 2020 Parents for Community Living Letter to Families
- March 11, 2020 Parents for Community Living Letter to Staff
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 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
- Wear a mask and ensure you are wearing it properly Non-Medical Mask Facts
- Practice physical/social distancing What is Physical Distancing?
- 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
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.
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.
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
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