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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

As of Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) “has made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic. Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this virus. It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do”. The entire statement can be found here.

As such, CHATS has put together a dedicated page where you can find information and resources to help you navigate the current situation and make informed decisions. 

Updates

July 24, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #23

Read issue #23 of our newsletter here. 

July 14, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #22

Read issue #22 of our newsletter here. 

June 30, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #21

Read issue #21 of our newsletter here. 

June 19, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #20

Read issue #20 of our newsletter here. 

June 12, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #19

Read issue #19 of our newsletter here. 

June 05, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #18

Read issue #18 of our newsletter here. 

June 01, 2020: COVID relief supports for food security available to vulnerable persons living in Toronto

*List compiled using 211ontario.ca

May 29, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #17

Read issue #17 of our newsletter here. 

May 22, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #16

Read issue #16 of our newsletter here. 

May 22, 2020: A Big Picture Contest

10-year old Jennifer created a beautiful piece of art titled, 'Together we all win' for the A Big Picture Contest by Devron Developments. This morning it was announced that her submission won second place! As a winner, she was able to choose a charity to receive a portion of the more than $50,000 raised, and she selected CHATS. 

May 15, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #15

Read issue #15 of our newsletter here. 

May 09, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #14

Read issue #14 of our newsletter here. 

April 29, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #13

Read issue #13 of our newsletter here. 

April 24, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #12

Read issue #12 of our newsletter here. 

April 17, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #11

Read issue #11 of our newsletter here. 

April 10, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #10

Read issue #10 of our newsletter here. 

April 03, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #9

Read issue #9 of our newsletter here. 

 

April 01, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #8

Read issue #8 of our newsletter here. 

March 27, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #7

Read issue #7 of our newsletter here. 

March 26, 2020: CHATS turns caregiver support groups virtual

Are you caring for an aging parent, spouse, relative or friend during this time of social isolation?
Feeling overwhelmed with the changes happening right now? 

Take a break and virtually meet other caregivers with similar concerns. Share stories, strategies and strengths; find new ways to cope & learn about valuable community resources. 

March 24, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #6

Read issue #6 of our newsletter here. 


March 20, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #5

Read issue #5 of our newsletter here. 


March 19, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #4

Read issue #4 of our newsletter here. 


March 19, 2020: A Message from Elder Abuse Prevention of Ontario 

Elder Abuse Prevention of Ontario (EAPO) wants to assure you that their Regional Elder Abuse Prevention Consultants are available to help and support you, by phone or email. The coordinates for your nearest regional contact can be found on their website www.eapon.ca and we invite you to reach out.

We also encourage you to contact the Seniors Safety Line at 1-866-299-1011, support is available 24/7 days a week, in over 150 languages.


March 18, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #2 

Read issue #2 of our newsletter here. 


March 16th, 2020: COVID-19 What you need to know at CHATS, Issue #1

Stay informed! Click below for an update on how CHATS is handling the COVID-19 pandemic.


March 13th, 2020: Letter to Clients, Caregivers & Family Members

Since the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, CHATS has been taking various precautionary measures and adjusting our programs and services to ensure the health and safety of our clients, staff, volunteers and community.

During this difficult time, we are making every effort to ensure that as many of our programs and services continue to be provided.

However, as of Monday, March 16th until April 5th, we are suspending all community wellness programs, caregiver support groups and one-on-one meetings. For some of these programs, and where possible, staff will be using “virtual technology” to engage with clients and caregivers. This may include conference calls, webinars or group chats.

While we will assess the situation based on guidance from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Public Health, Ontario Health and York Region Public Health, our offices and Adult Day Program sites in York Region and South Simcoe remain open. Active screening is also taking place. We ask that visitors refrain from coming to the offices over the next few weeks.

We are ensuring that all health and safety protocols are being followed in locations in which staff are working, including offices, Assisted Living and ADP sites. Drivers have been instructed on how to sanitize vehicles.

Please be assured that we have been keeping our employees informed about infection prevention and making necessary plans to keep everyone safe:


March 12th, 2020: Travel Guidance for Travellers Returning to York Region

CHATS has received some new guidance documents directly from York Region Public Health with respect to travel and self-isolation protocols.  These are excellent, clear documents with guidance for travelers returning to Canada and to the workplace.  CHATS is required to follow these guidelines with respect to our staff, volunteers and clients.

There are four documents:

March 11th, 2020: 10 Basic things you should know from CHATS' Infection Preventation and Control Nurses

“Together we are powerful. Containment starts with you. Our greatest enemy right now is not the virus itself. It’s fear, rumours and stigma. And our greatest assets are facts, reason and solidarity”. WHO Director-General.

Video: North York General Hospital - How is COVID-19 Difference from SARS and MERS?

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Disclaimer: The documents on this resource page are not updated in real-time. Please refer to your local public health office for updated information, resources and clinical protocols.