Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Mental Health Resources

We have compiled a Mental Well-Being Resources document to assist you in finding all the resources you may need during the Pandemic. Click here to download.

Protect Yourself

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick

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April 7, 2020

We would like to again remind everyone of the general guidelines for protecting yourself and others during this difficult time. Please remember to:

  • Wash your hands
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Only go out when deemed necessary.

Are you wondering if you have a cold, flu or COVID-19, you can use the Government of Canada’s self-assessment tool located here: https://ca.thrive.health/

Wello, our virtual nurse practitioner provider, is available to our members to assist with concerns about COVID-19 but is here to also continue caring for your every day virtual health needs.

March 26, 2020

For travellers arriving in Canada

The Government of Canada has put in place emergency measures that require mandatory 14-day self-isolation for all persons entering Canada, even if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Some provinces and territories may have specific recommendations for certain groups, such as health care workers. These efforts will help contain the outbreak and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Canada.

Upon return to Canada, you will be asked if you have a cough, fever or difficulty breathing. If you have any of these symptoms, you must:

  • go immediately to your place of isolation using private transportation only, such as your personal vehicle
  • isolate in a place where you will not be in contact with vulnerable people, such as older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions

If you have symptoms but do not have a place to isolate, you will be required to isolate for 14 days in a facility designated by the Chief Public Health Officer.

If you do not have symptoms, you must self-isolate for 14 days and monitor your health for cough, fever or difficulty breathing. If you develop these symptoms within 14 days:

  • continue to isolate yourself from others
  • immediately call a health care professional or public health authority and:
    • describe your symptoms and travel history
    • follow their instructions carefully
  • do not have visitors, especially older adults, or those with medical conditions who are at a higher risk of developing serious illness
  • wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing

Canada’s Efforts on COVID-19

Advica Health would like to acknowledge the efforts of Canada and the Nursing Profession in regards to their efforts to Battle COVID-19. Canada is bringing on nurses and nurse practitioners that may not currently be practicing, former registrants and retirees, or nurses with different provincial registrations to help in many of the virtual providers or healthcare facilities in need.

Wello, our virtual nurse practitioner provider, is available to our members to assist with concerns about COVID-19 but is here to also continue caring for your every day virtual health needs.

March 18, 2020

We thought it would be best to provide links to external websites that will lead you in the right direction in your search for information.

Information from Canada
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 recognized in the screening, it is recommended to call your Public Health authority for further advisement and assessment.
Alberta –https://myhealth.alberta.ca/journey/covid-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx
British Columbia – https://covid19.thrive.health/
Ontario – https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-self-assessment
Saskatchewan – https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-self-assessment
Manitoba – https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/
Nova Scotia – https://when-to-call-about-covid19.novascotia.ca/enIt may be good to add in, These are the numbers for all provinces…

 

Public Health authority hotlines to call per province or territory:
British Columbia: 811
Alberta: 811
Saskatchewan: 811
Manitoba: 1-888-315-9257
Ontario: 1-866-797-0000
Quebec: 8-1-1
New Brunswick: 811
Nova Scotia: 811
Prince Edward Island: 811
Newfoundland and Labrador: 811 or 1-888-709-2929
Nunavut: 867-975-5772
Yukon: 811
Northwest Territories: 811

March 11, 2020

An Update from Nurse Nikki – COVID-19 Preparedness:

Since I last communicated with you, the situation around COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has escalated with new cases emerging in North America and around the globe. As of today, March 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization has declared the spread of COVID-19 as a pandemic, meaning it is impacted a lot of people across international borders. Note that this is still not a reason to cause panic or fear but to use better judgment. This is a time to be empathetic towards both front line care workers as well as those people who may be infected.

For Canadians, we encourage everyone to follow the recommended best practices put out by Health Canada.

These can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html 

The risk to Canadian travelers abroad is generally low but varies depending on the destination. Please consult the destination page on travel.gc.ca before making any personal or business travel plans.

Active travel advisory information can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

As all Canadian businesses continue to evaluate developments and contingency planning, please ensure that the priority should always be the health and safety of clients, partners and employees.

We also encourage senior leaders to set contingency plans in place supporting business operations and the ability to service clients in a timely manner. To ensure limited exposure to any potential infections, businesses can  always encourage employees to work remotely and also avoid setting up any in-person large gatherings, meetings, conferences and/or events.

March 9, 2020

Since we last communicated with you about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the situation has escalated with new cases emerging in North America and around the globe. As all Canadian and American businesses continue to evaluate developments and contingency planning, please ensure that priority is always the health and safety of our employees.

We strongly encourage everyone to follow the recommended best practices put out by Health Canada. These can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. Public health risk is continually assessed as new information becomes available daily.

The risk to Canadian travellers abroad is generally low but varies depending on the destination. Please consult the destination page on travel.gc.ca before making any personal or business travel plans.

Active travel advisory information can be found here: : https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

We also encourage senior leaders to set contingency plans in place supporting business operations and the ability to service clients in a timely manner. To ensure limited exposure to any potential infections, businesses can encourage employees to work remotely and to avoid any business meetings/gatherings/events that can be conducted remotely via web conferences.

March 2, 2020

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) causes a respiratory infection that originated in Wuhan, China.

Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.

There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus.

There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

?Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Avoid contact with people who are sick
Stay home if you are sick
As of February 23rd 2020, all protocols are being strictly followed and risk to Ontarians remains low.

If you are unsure of potential symptoms, or need some advice, feel welcome to reach out to our team.

The Ministry of Health is continuously taking steps to ensure the health and safety of Ontarians. For updated information, visit:

http://bit.ly/392DSxo

For travel advisories, visit: http://bit.ly/392DVcy

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