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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID 19 for STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS – COMMUNIQUE #13 – Week 4

Monday, March 30, 2020

PLEASE NOTE ***For all employees and volunteers PLEASE NOTE THAT if you are experiencing fever, have a cough and or difficulty breathing we ask that you stay home and contact your manager to advise them of your illness. If you are working another job currently and coming into work premises we would kindly ask that you jointly advise your manager and HR.

Today marks the 4th consecutive week of our vigilance with COVID 19. Our essential services are running well and I want to personally thank everyone who have and continue to pitch in terminally cleaning our various sites. There is only one change to our services – food bank distribution hours are now 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Now more than ever before we need everyone to be VIGILANT. I am sharing remarks from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health which were issued earlier today:

Everyone has a role to play in reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 – there is no option for anyone to opt out. The lives of many Ontarians, especially our community’s most vulnerable citizens, is in your hands and will depend on your actions over the coming days and weeks. I strongly recommend you and other members of your household stay home except for essential reasons, such as to:

  • Access health care services;
  • Shop for groceries;
  • Pick-up medication at the pharmacy;
  • Walk pets when required; and
  • Support vulnerable community members with meeting the above needs.

To the fullest extent possible, you should also limit the number of these essential trips. However, when you are out in public you must adhere to physical distancing by reducing your exposure to other people outside of your household by keeping two metres from other people. Given the greater risk of severe outcomes to Ontarians who are elderly, I am also strongly recommending that individuals over 70 years of age self-isolate. This means only leaving home or seeing other people for essential reasons. Where possible, you should seek services over the phone or internet or ask for help from friends, family or neighbours with essential errands. This also applies to individuals who have compromised immune systems and/or underlying medical conditions. As we have been saying repeatedly, it is critically important to wash your hands regularly (or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available), practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette, and avoid direct contact when greeting people.  

STAY WELL ALL …

Christine Clark LaFleur

Executive Director