COVID-19 Updates from October 16 to October 22, 2020

Our values, vision, and mission together with your well-being and the well-being of people who use our services continue to be our top priority during the current pandemic.

This week, look for the following updates:

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Questions or suggestions about any of the resources listed on the site?
Send us an email to let us know: covid-19@christian-horizons.org

COVID-19 Updates from October 9 to October 15, 2020

Our values, vision, and mission together with your well-being and the well-being of people who use our services continue to be our top priority during the current pandemic.

This week, look for the following updates:

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  • Updated to add guidance for when an employee has close contact with someone being asked to self-isolate and/or seek testing. These guides were created to support employees in assessing their level of exposure to COVID-19 and to identify any testing or self-isolation requirements.
  • Due to an increase of COVID-19 cases in some communities, as a preventative measure, the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services (MCCSS) has directed that support locations within Ottawa, Niagara, Simcoe, Peel, Toronto and York be subject to additional restrictions. The following table helps to show which activities are no longer permitted within these communities.
An Update on the Visitor Checklist:

Thank you for your patience! The optimized version of the COVID-19 Visitor Checklist to record visiting information is now called the COVID-19 Visiting Record and will be available in the ODB on Tuesday, October 13th. The COVID-19 Visiting Record was designed to provide direction on required documentation for Essential, Non-Essential, Designated Visitors, and Essential Overnight Visits. More information on the update can be found here.

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We know that Thanksgiving is a meaningful time to meet with family and friends. Everything looks a bit different this year, but we hope that you and the people who use Christian Horizons’ services experience moments of connection and joy with loved ones. For ideas on ways that people with and without disabilities can celebrate Thanksgiving virtually, download our PowerPoint or PDF guide.

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  • The Back to School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document was updated to indicate that employees will need to self-isolate only if their close contact tests positive or develops COVID-19 symptoms. Employees are no longer required to self-isolate when their close contact (e.g. child) is asked to self-isolate and/or seek testing and has no symptoms.
  • As a reminder, the Employees tab has been updated with information on testing guidelines for both Ontario and Saskatchewan:
    • As of October 6, 2020, all assessment centres and select pharmacies in Ontario require a scheduled appointment for testing. To book a COVID-19 test, please visit the Ontario Government COVID-19 Testing Locations page to find the nearest assessment centre or participating pharmacy and follow the directions to book an appointment (e.g. calling or online booking platform). Please remember that at this time, pharmacies can only accommodate asymptomatic individuals (not showing any symptoms of COVID-19), while assessment centres will accommodate individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
      • If you are seeking testing, please remember to let the assessment centre/pharmacy know that you work in a congregate care setting, as we continue to have priority access for testing.
    • Universal testing is available in Saskatchewan to anyone wishing to be tested by referral only, except where drive-thru options are available. To obtain a referral to a community testing centre, please call Healthline 811, your family physician, or your nurse practitioner.

Questions or suggestions about any of the resources listed on the site?
Send us an email to let us know: covid-19@christian-horizons.org

COVID-19 Updates from October 2 to October 8, 2020

Our values, vision, and mission together with your well-being and the well-being of people who use our services continue to be our top priority during the current pandemic.

This week, look for the following updates:

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  • The COVID-19 Screening Protocol was updated to reference other known causes and conditions of symptoms, per the COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms from the Government of Ontario and the updated online self-assessment. Any COVID-19 symptoms are now screened for close contacts, and classroom proximity is considered a form of close contact.
  • We know that you have questions related to possible COVID-19 exposure as our families start to have more social interactions in the community. We want to remind you of the resources that address exposure and can help address these questions:

An Update on the Visitor Checklist:

Please continue to use the current COVID-19 Visitor Checklist to record visiting information. We are working on an optimized version, the COVID-19 Visiting Record,  that will be available in the ODB to provide direction on required documentation for Essential, Non-Essential, Designated Visitors, and Essential Overnight Visits. We apologize for the delay in releasing the new version; we have been reviewing your feedback and applying it as we update and develop new resources.  The updated version will be released in the coming week and a program email will be sent to notify you once it is launched. Thank you for your patience!

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  • We have written a short Back to School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to support you in deciding your next steps based on different scenarios related to children/housemates going back to school and COVID-19 symptoms and exposure.
  • The Employees tab has been updated with information on testing guidelines for both Ontario and Saskatchewan:
    • As of September 25, 2020, select pharmacies in Ontario are offering free COVID-19 testing by appointment only.  You can view the list of participating pharmacies and, if you are asymptomatic (not showing any symptoms of COVID-19), you can call to book an appointment to get tested. All public health measures must be followed when going for a test, including wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, and frequent handwashing. If you are feeling ill on the date of your appointment, please stay home and re-schedule your test at an assessment centre.
    • Universal testing is available in Saskatchewan to anyone wishing to be tested by referral only, except where drive-thru options are available. To obtain a referral to a community testing centre, please call Healthline 811, your family physician, or your nurse practitioner.

Questions or suggestions about any of the resources listed on the site?
Send us an email to let us know: covid-19@christian-horizons.org

COVID-19 Updates from September 25 to October 1, 2020

Our values, vision, and mission together with your well-being and the well-being of people who use our services continue to be our top priority during the current pandemic.

This week, look for the following updates:

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Thank you for your continuous feedback on the resources for visits! The visiting resources were reviewed and the following were updated to meet your needs and those of locations as you welcome different types of visitors:

  • The COVID-19 Visitor Checklist is now titled “COVID-19 Visiting Record” and has been optimized to provide direction on required documentation for Essential, Non-Essential, Designated Visitors, and Essential Overnight Visits. The updated version will be released in the ODB next week and a program email will be sent to notify you once it is launched. Please continue to use the current COVID-19 Visitor Checklist that is in the ODB until the new one is published.
  • The Visiting Guide for Locations and Visiting Guide for Families and Friends (also at christian-horizons.org/coronavirus) have been updated to remind designated visitors that some locations may have certain times where visits can more easily be accommodated.

We acknowledge that these are challenging times as we all adjust our family life to the new normal- whether that is organizing homeschooling, arranging online learning, or sending your kids to school. We know you have questions related to possible COVID-19 exposure as our families start to have more social interactions in the community. We want to remind you that there are resources available that address exposure and can help with questions that you may have:

Thank you for bearing with us as we navigate these realities with COVID-19 surging in different communities at times. We know you have questions – we do too. We continue to seek clarity and the best practices for your wellness and safety. Please continue to connect with your direct supervisor to address your specific situations and questions. We will review all of our resources in greater depth in the coming weeks to support you as best as we can in making the best decisions for you, your family (e.g. “what should I do if my child has the sniffles or a cough?”), and people who use our services.

Please do not hesitate to continue to ask your questions or provide feedback on forms, protocols, checklists, etc. It has been your feedback and diligence that helps to make things better every day!

Premier Doug Ford has announced COVID-19 tests will be available in up to 60 pharmacies across the province of Ontario starting on Friday. Please continue to be vigilant, practice good hygiene, and seek testing when needed. More information can be found here; below are some quick facts about the initiative:
  • Beginning September 25, up to 60 pharmacy sites, including Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall and independent pharmacies, will provide testing for Ontarians with no COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Testing is available at any of the province’s 150 assessment centres currently open, and at participating pharmacies starting Friday. To find the closest pharmacy or assessment centre, please visit Ontario.ca/covidtest.
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill. If you are experiencing any symptoms or worried you have been exposed to COVID-19, you should get tested at an existing assessment centre.
  • For added protection, download the COVID Alert app from the Apple and Google Play app stores.

Questions or suggestions about any of the resources listed on the site?
Send us an email to let us know: covid-19@christian-horizons.org

COVID-19 Updates from September 18 to September 24, 2020

Our values, vision, and mission together with your well-being and the well-being of people who use our services continue to be our top priority during the current pandemic.

This week, look for the following updates:

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The guides for families and friends have been updated to provide instruction on how to support their friend or family member in completing the Where I’ve Been Timeline tracker when they are with them. These updates have been sent to families in an email this week. This includes:

The Visiting Guide for Locations was also updated to include further instruction on how to complete the Visits in the Community (included in the guide) document and how to support families and people who use our services in completing the Where I’ve Been Timeline tracker.

Please do not hesitate to continue to ask your questions or provide feedback on forms, protocols, checklists, etc. It has been your feedback and diligence that helps to make things better every day. Visitor guidelines have changed significantly over the past weeks.  We are seeking your feedback on a Draft COVID-19 Visit Checklist that we hope to release next week on the ODB. This updated form will help us continue to track visits at locations, designated visitors, and essential overnight visits. Will this work for you? Let us know at covid-19@christian-horizons.org

Thank you for your continued dedication!

COVID-19 Updates from September 11 to September 17, 2020

Our values, vision, and mission together with your well-being and the well-being of people who use our services continue to be our top priority during the current pandemic.

This week, look for the following updates:

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  • The COVID-19 Weekly Preparedness Checklist was updated for the week of September 11th to September 17th.
  • The COVID-19 Screening Protocol was updated to note that Essential Visitors are no longer required to use a surgical/procedural mask and can instead wear a non-surgical mask while completing their visit.

A week ago, the Ministry of Community, Children, and Social Services (MCCSS) released Visitor’s Guidelines 2.0: Re-Opening of Congregate Living Settings, which went into effect on September 9th in Ontario. This document combines previous guidelines and provides updated direction on Essential, Non-Essential and Designated Visitors. These updates affected several resources and practices:

An update from the Resource Team:

Since COVID-19 began, we have all been called upon to be flexible, responsive, and resilient. We have learned new skills to work with excellence amidst uncertainty and confusion. This has not been easy. Just as we think we know how to respond to one new aspect of our work, new Ministry or Public Health guidelines are released and things change again. Thank you for bearing with us as we navigate these new realities. We know you have questions – we do too. We continue to seek clarity with the Ministry and we will continue to advocate for you and for the wellness, safety, and belonging of people who use our services.

As we do so, please do not hesitate to continue to ask your questions or provide feedback on forms, protocols, checklists, etc. It has been your feedback and diligence that helps to make things better every day. Visitor guidelines have changed significantly over the past weeks.  We are seeking your feedback on a Draft COVID-19 Visit Checklist that we hope to release next week on the ODB. This updated form will help us continue to track visits at locations, designated visitors, and essential overnight visits. Will this work for you? Let us know at covid-19@christian-horizons.org

Together with you,

The COVID-19 Resource Team

COVID-19 Updates from September 4 to September 10, 2020

Our values, vision, and mission together with your well-being and the well-being of people who use our services continue to be our top priority during the current pandemic.

This COVID-19 Pandemic Response site is updated weekly so that you have the latest resources available.

This week, look for the following updates:

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  • The COVID-19 Weekly Preparedness Checklist was updated for the week of September 4th to September 10th.
    • COVID-19 Weekly Preparedness Checklist
      • The Hand Sanitizer Recall List (on the U:\\ drive) was updated (Sept. 2, 2020), please confirm the removal of recalled sanitizers from all locations

On August 28, 2020, the Ontario Ministry of Community, Children, and Social Services (MCCSS) released Re-Opening of Congregate Living Settings: Short-Stay Absences and Outings and Essential Overnight Absences. These updates impacted several of our current documents and practices: 

  • Our COVID-19 Screening Protocol now includes active screening for people who use Christian Horizons’ services returning home. Note that the “travel” screening question has also been updated based on the travel parameters document.
  • The Visiting Guide for Locations and the Visiting Guide for Families and Friends (also on our christian-horizons.org/coronavirus page) have been updated to include information on Essential Overnight Visits in Ontario.
  • Increased activity in public spaces and with family and friends makes contact tracing all the more important. Based on some of the work happening in communities, we have created the “Where I’ve Been” Timeline tool to help people to remember where they’ve been and who they were with in case of potential exposure risks. We welcome your feedback on this.

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There has been some confusion around recent updates to travel guidelines, including what qualifies as “inter-city” travel. To increase clarity, only people who travel by air are now required to self-isolate, or those who travel outside of Canada, unless otherwise indicated by provincial guidelines.

We rely on Christian Horizons employees to use discretion as we all work to minimize risk. This includes limiting any non-essential travel, following public health guidance such as masking, hand hygiene, and physical distancing while in public spaces, and not spending extended periods of time in closed spaces (such as buses, trains, etc.) with others. At this time, not all provinces prohibit interprovincial travel, but all continue to recommend against it.

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  • On Tuesday, September 1st, Janet Noel-Annable sent a letter to families with information on the MCCSS changes in Ontario. You can download the letter here. A community package for people using Christian Horizons’ services and their family and friends was created to support re-engaging back with communities. It includes:
    • Going Out Safely – a resource created by Christian Horizons outlining the various government guidelines and how Christian Horizons provides support to follow them.
    • Safety in You Community Social Story – a visual tool to support understanding of how to be safe when going out into the community.
    • Going Out? Do it Safelyguide to going out in the community from the Government of Canada to use as a reference to help people assess risks as they access their community while following current government restrictions (also available in french).
  • Educate and Equip resources are also available at christian-horizons.org/coronavirus to share with others.

Questions or suggestions about any of the resources listed on the site?
Send us an email to let us know: covid-19@christian-horizons.org

COVID-19 Updates from August 27 to September 3, 2020

Our values, vision, and mission together with your well-being and the well-being of people who use our services continue to be our top priority during the current pandemic.

This COVID-19 Pandemic Response site is updated weekly so that you have the latest resources available.

This week, look for the following updates:

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  • The COVID-19 Weekly Preparedness Checklist was updated for the week of August 27th to September 3rd.
    • COVID-19 Weekly Preparedness Checklist
      • The Hand Sanitizer Recall List (on the U:\\ drive) was updated (Aug. 26, 2020), please confirm the removal of recalled sanitizers from all locations.
  • Updated to include a new screening question providing clarification to interprovincial and intercity travel.

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  • Traveling guidelines have been updated to include guidance on intercity travel to keep people and employees safe. At this time, not all provinces prohibit interprovincial travel, but all continue recommending against it. The COVID-19 Current Travel Parameters specify Christian Horizons requirements for personal and work-related interprovincial and out of country travel whether by air, train, car, or bus.

Questions or suggestions about any of the resources listed on the site?
Send us an email to let us know: covid-19@christian-horizons.org

COVID-19 Updates from August 21 to August 27, 2020

Our values, vision, and mission together with your well-being and the well-being of people who use our services continue to be our top priority during the current pandemic.

This COVID-19 Pandemic Response site is updated weekly so that you have the latest resources available.

This week, look for the following updates:

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  • The COVID-19 Weekly Preparedness Checklist was updated for the week of August 21st to August 27th.
  • As of August 21st, in Ontario, the COVID-19 Visitor Checklist is to be completed through the ODB. More information on the transition and instructions can be found here.

Testing Guidelines Update

We continue to monitor Ministry guidelines so we can keep you up to date. Recently, the Ministry of Health has updated COVID-19 testing guidelines.

  • Should you or someone using services have symptoms following a negative COIVD-19 test, you should be tested again.  You can find information on testing on our COVID-19 Pandemic Response page here.
  • People coming home from hospitals or other facilities and people new to services still require a negative COVID-19 test and to self isolate for 14 days. In addition to the updated testing guidelines, you can find information on these requirements in the COVID-19 Guidelines: Congregate Living Vulnerable for Populations.

Questions or suggestions about any of the resources listed on the site?
Send us an email to let us know: covid-19@christian-horizons.org

COVID-19 Updates from August 14 to August 20, 2020

Our values, vision, and mission together with your well-being and the well-being of people who use our services continue to be our top priority during the current pandemic.

This COVID-19 Pandemic Response site is updated weekly so that you have the latest resources available.

This week, look for the following updates:

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  • The COVID-19 Weekly Preparedness Checklist was updated for the week of August 14th to August 20th.
    • COVID-19 Weekly Preparedness Checklist
      • New Hand Sanitizer Recall List available on the U:\\ drive to inspect the current supply at all locations. Further information on the government of Canada hand sanitizer recall and our inspection procedures can be found here.

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  • The “Going Out? Do it Safely.” guide to going out in the community from the Government of Canada has been added as a reference to help people assess risks as they access their community while following current government restrictions (also available in french).
  • Educate and Equip resources are also available on our external site at christian-horizons.org/coronavirus to share with others.

Questions or suggestions about any of the resources listed on the site?
Send us an email to let us know: covid-19@christian-horizons.org