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Working Together to Stop COVID In Our Community

By: Dr. Joan Bellaire, MD

My favourite African proverb comes to mind during this time, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”.  As the world and our community struggle with the COVID pandemic the importance of working together rings especially true. 

Our dedicated medical community: family doctors, nurses, hospital staff, administrators, midwives and all those working in other settings such as hospice, long-term care, and clinics, are working together to the best of our abilities to ensure we bring the community through this unusual and scary time.  We are all providing care within our clinics,

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Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.

Support for Canadians

  Income Support for Individuals Who Need it Most

  Flexibility for Taxpayers

  

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Financial support for Canadians whose jobs have been affected by the COVID-19

The government of Canada will provide up to $27 billion for workers and businesses.

For workers, the most notable parts of the government’s action include enhanced eligibility for employment insurance (EI) and two new emergency benefits.

According to the government, those who are unable to work because they have been directed to self-isolate or quarantine will not have to wait the usual one week to receive EI sickness benefits.

Additionally, the sickness benefits can be accessed without the usual requirement of a doctor’s note or other medical certificate.

More information about applying for EI sickness benefits is available on the government’s website.

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TRAVELERS RETURNING TO CANADA

While abroad, you may have come in contact with the novel coronavirus. For the next 14 days, the Public Health Agency of Canada asks that you: 

· Monitor your health for fever, cough and difficulty breathing; and,

· Avoid places where you cannot easily separate yourself from others if you become ill.

To further protect those around you, wash your hands often and cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.

If you start having symptoms of COVID-19, isolate yourself from others as quickly as possible. Immediately call a health care professional or the public health authority in the province or territory where you are located.

More March 16th, 2020

HOW TO CARE FOR A PERSON WITH COVID-19 AT HOME: ADVICE FOR CAREGIVERS

Limit contact 

· Only one healthy person should provide care. 

· Do not share personal items with the ill person, such as toothbrushes, towels, bed linen, utensils or electronic devices. 

· Use a separate bathroom from the ill person if possible. 

Keeping your Environment Clean

· Place used masks, gloves and other contaminated items in a lined container, and dispose of them. 

· Place possibly contaminated laundry into a container with a plastic liner and do not shake. Wash with regular laundry soap and hot water. Clothing and linens belonging to the ill person can be washed with other laundry. 

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HOW TO ISOLATE AT HOME WHEN YOU HAVE COVID-19

Isolation means staying at home when you are sick with COVID-19 and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease to others in your home and your community. 

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, it is expected that you take the following measures. 

Limit contact with others 

· Do not leave home unless absolutely necessary, such as to seek medical care.

· Do not go to school, work, other public areas or use public transportation (e.g. buses, taxis). 

· Stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom from others in your home,

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