AHS COVID-19 New Resources - June 17, 2020
 
 
 
Indigenous Specific Resources:
 
Indigenous Health COVID web page:
The Indigenous Health COVID web page is now live. It can be accessed directly through this link: www.ahs.ca/covidih or via the main COVID landing page in the “Information For” box. We will continue to update it with new information and resources as they become available
 
Updated: Outbreak Management in Congregate Living Sites Guidelines COVID-19:
 
The Outbreak Management in Congregate Living Sites Guidelines COVID-19 have been updated to comply with CMOH Order 23-2020. Please refer to the online version of the guidelines for the most up-to-date information.
 
Distress Centre/211 COVID-19 Report for the community - June 6
 
 
211 Alberta Weekly Newsletter (May 31-June 6, 2020):
 
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211 Alberta Weekly COVID-19 Report
 
 
 
 
During the COVID-19 response, 211 Alberta has provided a weekly report, including statistics and information about COVID-19 related contacts 211 received via phone, text, chat and email.

Now that the 211 Alberta COVID-19 Data Dashboard is available, we have changed the format of the COVID-19 report. Any information no longer found in the report can be accessed here.

Click below to download the most recent report.
It covers May 31-June 6, 2020
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211 COVID-19 Data Dashboard
 
 
 
 
211 Alberta now has a data dashboard available at www.ab.211.ca!

You can now explore the 211 data related to COVID-19 more deeply.

The dashboard includes data from contacts to 211 via:
  • phone
  • text
  • chat
  • email
The dashboard allows you to narrow the data as you click on various parameters such as month, location, age, gender or contact method.

It includes four pages, which provide different views on the data including demographics, needs and unmet needs.

Click below to try out the new dashboard for yourself!
 
 
 
 
 

If you have any questions or comments on the new data dashboard, don't hesitate to reach out to us at info@ab.211.ca.

We welcome your feedback.
 
 
 
 
Visit COVID-19 Data Dashboard
 
 
 
 
 
 
Community Resource of the Week
 
 
 
 
Mental Health and Substance Use Support
Wellness Together Canada

This mental health and substance use website supports people across Canada and Canadians living abroad in both official languages. It provides the following resources at no cost:
  • Immediate text support Information and videos on common mental health issues
  • Mental wellness programs you can do on your own and with coaching
  • Monitored communities of support Individual phone, video, and text counselling
It's a Health Canada funded project in partnership with Stepped Care Solutions, Kids Help Phone and Homewood Health.
 
 
 
Visit Wellness Together Canada
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COVID-19 Experiences and Impact Survey:
 
 
Technical grade ethanol hand sanitizer poster and calls to PADIS:
 
 
 
 
Announcing the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund:
 
 
 
 
 
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AHS COVID-19 Update: June 12, 2020
 

Indigenous Specific Resources:

 

Indigenous Health COVID web page:

The Indigenous Health COVID web page is now live. It can be accessed directly through this link: www.ahs.ca/covidih or via the main COVID landing page in the “Information For” box. We will continue to update it with new information and resources as they become available.

 

 

 

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We have confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in 40 individuals over the past 24 hours, bringing the provincial total to 7,316, of which 379 are active. Of the total people who have had confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, we suspect 604 cases may have been acquired in the community from an unknown source (these cases are not included in outbreak data). Currently, there are 45 people in hospital, with six in an intensive care unit. 6,788 Albertans have now recovered.

                                                                           

Thankfully, there were no new deaths reported in the past 24 hours, keeping the provincial total at 149 lives lost in Alberta related to COVID-19.

 

7,131 tests were completed over the last 24 hours, bringing our total COVID-19 tests to 317,402 since the start of the pandemic.

 

 

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COVID-19 Testing for Healthcare Workers

We continue to update the testing data for healthcare workers in the AHS Healthcare Worker COVID-19 Testing dashboard. These statistics provide the total number of AHS, Covenant Health and Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) employees and physicians tested, including a breakdown of the number of positive tests and those who have been confirmed to have been exposed in the workplace. 

 

As of June 11:

·         27,217 employees (AHS, APL, and Covenant combined) have been tested for COVID-19, and of those tested, 237 (or 0.87 per cent) have tested positive.

·         Of the 237 employees who have tested positive, 32 (or 13.5 per cent) acquired their infection through a workplace exposure (with 28 of the 237 positive results still under investigation as to the source of infection).

·         1,645 physicians (AHS, APL, and Covenant combined) have been tested for COVID-19 and of those tested, 29 (or 1.76 per cent) have tested positive.

·         Of the 29 physicians who have tested positive, none has been confirmed to have acquired infection through a workplace exposure (with two of the 29 positive results still under investigation as to the source of infection).

 

For more information, see the AHS Healthcare Worker COVID-19 Testing infographic and dashboard.

 

Verna’s Weekly Video Message

The AHS online self-assessment tool has been a crucial tool in the province's response to COVID-19. Amazingly, the tool was conceived and developed in a matter of days, all within AHS. Just one day after its launch in mid-March, other provinces and jurisdictions from around the world reached out to AHS to access the tool's code and adapt it for their own use. The online self-assessment tool continues to grow and evolve, and now offers users across the province an ability to book COVID-19 tests online. This is a made-in-Alberta success story — and in my (Verna’s) latest vlog, I talk with four individuals who helped make it happen: Kass Rafih, Senior Provincial Director, Innovation and Digital Solutions; Ammneh Azeim, Digital Experience Lead, Innovation and Digital Solutions; Ben Wei, Manager of Personal Portals, Information Technology; and TJ Shin, Manager of Web Presence and Collaboration Services, Information Technology. My guests talk about the origins of the tool, the challenges they faced in developing and implementing it, how it's evolved, and how it might be further enhanced in the weeks and months ahead. I close the video with a preview of my next vlog — about the AHS Relaunch Playbook.

 

 

Update on COVID-19 Daily Fit for Work Screening

Since June 9, 2020, more flexible options for fit for work screening are available through a revised COVID-19 Daily Fit for Work Screening Protocol. With a focus on sustaining fit for work screening, each site will now be able to customize their approach as we resume AHS services and more staff return to our sites. The strategy is built on trust and shared accountability, where our people are asked to model safe work practices and to stay home when they are sick.

                                                                                

The Online Fit for Work Screening Tool will be the primary method for staff screening. Specific screening for staff working at continuing care facilities (long term care, designated supportive living, or congregate living) will continue to meet requirements from the latest Chief Medical Officer of Health Orders. Information related to screening for people visiting residents and patients is available at www.ahs.ca/visitation.   

 

For more information about this recent update, including posters and staff FAQs, visit ahs.ca/fitforwork. Speak to your leader if you have questions about fit for work screening at your site. 

 

Re-launch Reminders

As we move into the next phases of this pandemic and Alberta’s re-launch, we can’t lose our focus on keeping each other safe. Frontline healthcare providers from across the province have come together to share with Albertans a simple message: Thank you for all you’ve done to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta and please keep it up. Even as the province gradually relaunches, the health risk posed by the pandemic has not gone away. COVID-19 is still circulating in Alberta, so healthcare providers remind all of us that physical distancing and other public health guidelines are still in effect and urge everyone to follow them to keep themselves and others safe. 

 

 

Hand Sanitizer Distribution

AHS has implemented labelling and posters to alert all staff, physicians and patients of any product that contains technical-grade hand sanitizer. 

                                      

In pediatric units, neonatal intensive care units, maternity/child units, labour and delivery units, and at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, the Stollery Children’s Hospital and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, pharmaceutical-grade hand sanitizer has been distributed. As such, hand sanitizer products in those areas will not include labeling or poster alerts about technical-grade ethanol. 

 

Hand hygiene continues to be essential to reduce risk of illness amongst all staff and patients. Please continue to use the hand sanitizer product provided, or wash hands with soap and warm water. 

 

For more information on hand sanitizer products containing technical-grade ethanol, visit AHS.ca/handsanitizer.  

 

Mask Extender Survey Results

Thank you to all who participated in the PPE Task Force Mask Extender survey last month. Your feedback was valuable and provided insight into the wide variety of mask extenders available and how they are being used across AHS. Based on the results, the PPE Task Force will be working with a test group of frontline staff to review specific mask extenders before providing recommendations. You can find the survey results and more information on continuous masking on the PPE page.

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Tip of the Week

The daily series - PPE Tip of the Week – features quick and simple reminders you can take forward into your practice, from shift to shift. 

 

Eye Protection

Eye protection is a key piece of personal protective equipment in the fight against COVID-19 and must be worn any time blood or body fluids are involved. Use approved reusable or single-use safety glasses, goggles or face shields for eye protection. Personal eye glasses do NOT provide adequate protection as they do NOT protect the top, sides and bottom of the eyes. Remove all PPE on your face by the arms, straps, and ties at the back of your head. In order to prevent contamination of your face, DO NOT grab the front of eye protection, masks or any other facial PPE. And remember to clean your hands at every stage of PPE removal.

 

 

To see previous PPE Tips of the Day, please visit the PPE Tips archive, here.

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Question of the Week

In this PPE Question of the Week, Dr. Curtiss Boyington — an infectious disease physician with Covenant Health — talks about the importance of wearing appropriate eye protection, and wearing it properly, to protect healthcare providers from COVID-19. Dr. Boyington also discusses crucial details about how to don and doff eye protection.

 

 

Capital Management Projects Re-initiated

On March 23, 2020, Capital Management temporarily paused many projects on AHS sites (Including Covenant, Capital Care and Carewest) in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As AHS relaunches services across the province, we will gradually re-initiate the projects temporarily paused. In the coming weeks AHS Capital Management will be working with site administration to gradually re-initiate construction projects at our sites. We will ensure vendors and contractors returning for projects do not disrupt any clinical work or put staff, patients and visitors at risk.  All vendors and contractors, currently working or returning to AHS sites, will be subject to FIT testing, must follow safety protocols and are to follow usage of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), where and when necessary.

 

National Indigenous People’s Week

National Indigenous Peoples Day is Sunday, June 21, when we all have the opportunity honour the rich cultures, traditions and contributions of Indigenous Peoples. This year, AHS will celebrate virtually in the week leading up to National Indigenous Peoples Day. AHS staff and volunteers are invited to join all Albertans in the celebrations on Together4Health. Activities will include lunchtime Zoom teachings, sharing recipes, cultural videos and more. 

 

AHS COVID-19 Podcast – Dialysis Support

While the pandemic has changed much of our work, some critical activities and care must continue, no matter the circumstances. For kidney dialysis patients, treatment doesn’t stop during a pandemic. Dr. Daniel Muruve, Medical Director for Alberta Kidney Care South, explains how AHS continues to support dialysis patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

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Mental Wellness Moment - Stigmatization and COVID-19

COVID-19 is very infectious and, even when people are doing their best to protect themselves, some may contract the virus. In this Mental Wellness Moment, Dr. Nicholas Mitchell explains why people shouldn't blame themselves if they contract COVID-19 and shouldn't blame others who are sick.

 

 

                                                                                    

Celebrities Celebrating AHS

Canadian actors, athletes, artists and musicians keep sending messages of gratitude to our staff on the frontline. Today’s shout-out comes from award-winning country music singer, Brett Kissel.

 

“I want to express endless thanks on behalf of my family and on behalf of our entire country to all of the frontline healthcare workers, the true heroes in our nation, for everything that they’re doing to keep us safe,” says Kissel, who hails from Flat Lake, Alberta. “We’re so grateful and so appreciative for the sacrifices that you’re making.”

 

Stay tuned and follow AHS on social media for more celebrity shout-outs.

 

 

Shout Out

Messages of gratitude keep pouring in from across the province and beyond, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Across our organization, teams have rallied around each other and offered their sincere thanks and recognition for the incredible work that has collectively been done to support the management of COVID-19, and to protect Albertans, AHS staff and physicians. This week, we are sharing a selection of those messages, including this video message of thanks from Calgary Zone emergency department staff and physicians, which can be applied to every team throughout AHS.

                                                                                                                                                                          

The last three months have been very intense and difficult for our department staff in many ways, as you can no doubt imagine, with anxiety and unprecedented change management. Even though the future remains uncertain, we have made it through this period successfully because of the incredible hard work, passion and resolute calmness of our nursing, medical and allied health leadership team.

                               

Our Wellness Hub got together and created this video which was presented as a surprise during our very well attended grand rounds last week and we wanted to share these positive messages with you as we evolve into this next phase of the pandemic.

-Dr. Eddy Lang

 

 

 

Seven weeks ago, Unit 27 inpatient dialysis team was inspired by a note from Dr. Yiu, talking about a team that did 15 minutes of mindfulness. But we didn't have 15 minutes in our day to do this practice together. Our nurse clinician suggested to me, the unit social worker that we try one minute of mindfulness at the beginning of our day. We began to do a simple calming breathing practice, one minute at the beginning of the day. Stress was high and the dialysis team was open to trying for a minute of calm. We started with one minute at the beginning of our morning, then expanded it to doing calming breathing mid-morning. Eventually we expanded it to two minutes at the beginning of our morning and at mid-morning. Our team has embraced the practice, saying that they are doing calming breathing at different times of the day and at home. The team comments when we miss the "one minute" of calming breathing. Team members are now beginning to facilitate the "one minute" of breathing with the team without the support of the nurse clinician and the social worker. The "one minute" of calming breath has brought more calm and cohesiveness to our team.

-Lee W.

 

The Addiction & Mental Health teams at South Health Campus have been exceptional during the planning and response to COVID-19. The Psychiatric Emergency Services team, our inpatient units, and our outpatient services have continued to focus on the care of our vulnerable population during these increasingly stressful times. We have seen our teams provide services in a way they have never had to before and do this with enthusiasm, grace, and a continued focus on patient care. Our Psychiatric Emergency Services and adolescent and adult inpatient units have been caring for acutely ill mental health patients, who may be, or are, COVID-19 positive. Our two inpatient units took on the responsibility of caring for patients from across the zone requiring a mental health admission, who are also COVID-19 positive. Our outpatient nursing services have continued to see and provide much needed interventions to those living with severe and persistent mental illness. Our outpatient therapists, day hospital therapists, physicians, and outreach teams have learned to provide care with a completely new medium in a different environment, and have been providing therapy and groups virtually, via Zoom. Their ability to learn and adapt to this new normal, while remaining focused on caring for our clients is inspiring. I am proud to work with these teams every day and I am so grateful for the ways in which they have embraced new ways of caring, while always keeping the patient as their focus. Thank you all so very much.

-Nikki Skelly-Gialleonardo

Community Acts of Kindness

Even with re-launch underway in Alberta, and more pre-pandemic activities resuming, our province’s citizens have not forgotten what you have done for them. They continue to recognize your efforts to protect them over the past months. This presentation came from a Grade 2 class at St. Sebastian School in Calgary, to honour our paramedics. Again, we think this kind of gratitude could be shared with our whole organization for everything you continue to do to for Albertans.

 

 

With three-plus months of full-on pandemic management behind us, and the second phase of re-launch underway, we cannot express our true appreciation for all that has happened in this time. Through your diligence and commitment, you have been the foundation of our provincial success in keeping infection rates and hospitalizations low. Albertans have been able to look to you as you’ve demonstrated how to adopt the health protocols into your daily practices, they’ve been comforted by your expertise in caring for them, and they’ve been assured by your unwavering dedication to stopping the spread of infections. We will continue this fight together and we will not lose our focus on keeping Albertans and each other safe. Thank you for another week of extraordinary work.

 

Please Note: This message has been modified from the AHS Daily Updates.

 
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AHS COVID-19 New Resources - June 10, 2020
 
 
 
Indigenous Specific Resources:
 
Indigenous Health COVID web page:
The Indigenous Health COVID web page is now live. It can be accessed directly through this link: www.ahs.ca/covidih or via the main COVID landing page in the “Information For” box. We will continue to update it with new information and resources as they become available.
 
Typical Symptoms of COVID Poster Cree Translation:
 
Visiting During COVID-19 – Guidance:
 
Dr. Potts’ podcast.  It will take you to all the COVID-19 podcasts:
 
 
 
Manitoba Guidance:
 
 
 
NCCIH Survey Invitation - COVID-19: Resource and Information Gaps for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples:
 
The survey link has been re-issued due to technical difficulties on June 2, 2020.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COVID-19 Survey Invitation
 
 
 
 
National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH)
3333 University Way, Prince George, BC, Canada, V2N 4Z9
T: (250) 960-5250 | F: (250) 960-5644
nccih@unbc.ca
nccih.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COVID-19: Resource and Information Gaps for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples
 
The survey link sent June 2, 2020, encountered technical difficulties. We are sending a new survey invitation link: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eh3nziggkae3ndgw/start
 
This survey has been developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH).
 
The purpose of this survey is to determine whether you and/or your organization have been able to adequately meet your needs for information and resources related to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and COVID-19. Our intent is to identify specific knowledge and resources gaps to inform the NCCIH's work moving forward in the context of the pandemic.
 
The survey should take you no more than 10 minutes to fill in. Your responses will be kept strictly confidential. If you would prefer to do this survey over the phone or in French, please email nccih@unbc.ca and a staff member will contact you.
 
Thank you for your help. Your participation in the survey is greatly appreciated.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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On-line Resources for Indigenous Communities – Food and COVID-19:
On-line Resources for Indigenous Communities – Food and COVID-19
 
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting Indigenous communities in many ways, including with regards to food.  Concerns can be wide ranging from how to safely shop and prepare food to minimize the transmission of COVID-19, to having access to enough healthy food for families and communities.
 
It is important that Indigenous communities have easy and fast access to trustworthy, factual, and effective resources to support their health and wellness during this challenging time. Below is a list of food related resources which are targeted at or are relevant to Indigenous communities. 
 
This list will be updated as more resources are identified and become available.
 
 
Food Security – Related Supports and Funding
 
Food Banks Canada is a network of Provincial Associations and their approximately 650 affiliated food banks. The Food Bank Finder allows searchers to locate their local food bank so that they can contact them and see what food resources and support they are able to offer during the COVID-19 pandemic. (See website: https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/utility-pages/find-a-food-bank.aspx)
 
 
The NAFC represents 107 Friendship Centres and Provincial/Territorial Associations across Canada which provide culturally appropriate services for Indigenous people living in urban centres. Some Friendship Centres operate food banks/cupboards, or related supports, and there is a database on the NAFC website which allows a geographic search of Friendship Centres in a given area.
(See website: https://www.nafc.ca/)
 
 
TI is an Inuit-specific, provincial service provider that provides social support, cultural activities, counselling and crisis intervention as a one-stop resource centre to meet the rapidly growing, complex and evolving needs of Inuit in Ontario. TI operates a food bank in partnership with the Ottawa Food Bank, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. (See website: https://www.tungasuvvingatinuit.ca/)
 
 
BCC is a non-profit organization which provides funding support for breakfast programs as a way to promote food security among school-age children, and to foster improved academic success. BCC is issuing special grants for community organizations, including in Indigenous communities, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (See website: https://www.breakfastclubcanada.org/covid-special-grant-application/)
 
 
President's Choice Children’s Charity school grants provide funding to deliver nutritious food as well as funding up to $10,000 annually for food-based education programs including cooking classes, farm tours, dietitian services, or equipment like green houses, growing towers, and composting systems. (See website: https://www.pcchildrenscharity.ca/grants-for-school-nutrition/)
 
 
CFTC is a non-profit organization which focuses on projects supporting children in community-led approaches that focus on food security, capacity building, and education.
 
 
CFCC is a non-profit organization which provides ideas, resources and helps partner organizations across Canada so they can establish responsive, financially stable Community Food Centres. These centres work to bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food.  CFCC also provides a Good Food Access Fund to help provide emergency relief for the most vulnerable populations, including children, single parents, Indigenous peoples, seniors, and those on disability supports. (See following websites:  https://cfccanada.ca/ and https://goodfoodorganizations.ca/)
 
 
The FNHA in British Columbia has developed “Planning for Food Security – A Toolkit for the COVID-19 Pandemic”.  This resource includes ideas, templates, tools and information to support short, medium and long term planning.
 
 
 
General Overview
The Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan provides a range of economic supports for individuals, businesses and sectors. Indigenous Peoples are eligible for these supports.
 
The COVID-19 Economic Response Plan provides $305 million a new, distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. This funding is also providing support to regional, urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations.
Funds can be used for a wide range of measures, including measures to address food insecurity.
 
 
This funding provides up to an extra $300 per child through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) for 2019-20. This benefit will be delivered as part of the scheduled CCB payment in May 2020. Those who already receive the CCB do not need to re-apply.
 
 
To address growing concerns about food security and affordability related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this funding provides an additional $25 million to Nutrition North Canada to extend the list of perishable and non-perishable items subsidized when shipped by air to all 116 Nutrition North Canada eligible communities from now until March 31, 2021.
 
 
The Harvesters Support Grant promotes access to traditional foods by reducing the high costs associated with hunting and harvesting. It provides $40 million over 5 years, and $8 million per year ongoing, to Indigenous governments and organizations representing eligible Nutrition North Canada communities.
 
 
Healthy Eating Tools, Information and Resources
 
Dietitians of Canada
The Dietitians of Canada website provides advice related to COVID-19 on nutrition, supporting immune system, nutrition during self-isolation and breastfeeding, among other topics.
 
          
Government of Canada
 
Through the Food and Nutrition webpage, can link to a broad range of reliable information, including on:
  • Canada’s Food Guide, including advice and tips on healthy food choices, healthy eating habits, and many recipes. (Web link: https://food-guide.canada.ca/)
 
  • COVID-19 and Food Safety, including safe food practices and shopping. Note, scientists and food safety authorities around the world are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19.  There are currently no reported cases of the virus being spread through food. 
 
CFIA is the federal agency dedicated to safeguarding food, animals and plants, to enhance the health and well-being of Canada`s people, environment and economy. CFIA is currently working to address the challenges and concerns raised by industry and consumers regarding COVID-19, and has provided COVID-related information on its website.
 
 
Food Security Promising Practices (during COVID-19 and beyond)
 
This is an Indigenous community portal for climate change and health. It includes information on climate change adaptation initiatives related to food and food security, which are funded through Indigenous Services Canada`s Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program.
 
 
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK)`s website includes information on community-based initiatives (including food banks) that play a role in addressing food security in Inuit Nunangat, as well as potential funding resources. (See website: https://www.itk.ca/nuluaq-mapping-project/)
 
 
NIDA is gathering examples of communities, organizations, grants, etc., to share models of food security and caring for community, including both existing practices and how communities are coming together during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
 
FSC is a pan-Canadian alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty through three inter-related goals:  zero hunger, healthy and safe food, and sustainable food systems.  Its website includes links to Indigenous networks, partnerships and best practices, such as the Northern Food Network and the FSC Indigenous Circle.
 
 
Healthy Living and Other Links, Supports and Services
 
NIDA is a clearinghouse of information and resources on diabetes among Indigenous peoples. Its webpage on COVID-19 includes a wide range of healthy living resources, including related to food, exercise and physical and mental wellness.(See web link: http://nada.ca/?page_id=3172)
 
Diabetes Canada has a dedicated webpage on information and resources related to diabetes and COVID-19. (See web link: https://www.diabetes.ca/campaigns/covid-19-(coronavirus)-and-diabetes)
 
 
The AFN has extensive information and resources specific to COVID-19 on its website, including a fact sheet on the impact of commercial tobacco use and COVID-19.
(See the following web links: https://www.afn.ca/coronavirus/
 
 
The ITK has information on funding, supports, and resources, infographics (including on safe food handling and shopping) and other publications related to COVID-19. (See the following web links:
 
 
MNC`s website includes a daily message on COVID-19 by the Manitoba Métis Federation on what the Manitoba Métis government is doing to support Métis citizens affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. (See web link: https://www2.metisnation.ca/news/)
 
 
NWAC`s website includes information related to COVID-19 as well as toll-free telephone numbers for a team of in-house Elders who are available to provide support and help build resiliency during the pandemic. (See web link: https://www.nwac.ca/covid19/)
 
 
Addendum to Outbreak Management and Pandemic Planning Resources for COVID-19:
 
The following Continuing Care guidance has been updated to be in compliance with CMOH Order 23-2020.
 
Please ensure your Continuing Care leadership, teams and operators (LTC and DSL) are referring to the most up-to-date version of this addendum: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/ppih/if-ppih-covid-19-cc-addendum-to-outbreak-management-and-pandemic-planning-resource.pdf
 
 
Commercial Accommodation Isolation Plan - June 9, 2020:
 
 
 
211 Alberta Weekly Newsletter (May 24-30, 2020):
 
 
 
 
 
211 Alberta Weekly Covid-19 Report
 
 
 
 
During the COVID-19 response, 211 Alberta has provided a weekly report, including statistics and information about COVID-19 related contacts 211 received via phone, text, chat and email.

Now that the 211 Alberta Covid-19 Data Dashboard is available, we have changed the format of the Covid-19 report. Any information no longer found in the report can be accessed here.

Click below to download the most recent report.
It covers May 24-30, 2020
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Feel free to reach out to info@ab.211.ca you have any questions or comments.
 
 
 
 
Download Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
211 Covid-19 Data Dashboard
 
 
 
 
211 Alberta now has a data dashboard available at www.ab.211.ca!

You can now explore the 211 data related to Covid-19 more deeply.

The dashboard includes data from contacts to 211 via:
  • phone
  • text
  • chat
  • email
The dashboard allows you to narrow the data as you click on various parameters such as month, location, age, gender or contact method.

It includes four pages, which provide different views on the data including demographics, needs and unmet needs.

Click below to try out the new dashboard for yourself!
 
 
 
 
 

If you have any questions or comments on the new data dashboard, don't hesitate to reach out to us at info@ab.211.ca.

We welcome your feedback.
 
 
 
 
Visit Covid-19 Data Dashboard
 
 
 
 
 
 
Community Resource of the Week
 
 
 
 
Positive Message Hotline for Seniors
The Joy4All Project

The Joy4All project offers a free positive message hotline for seniors in self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hotline is available by calling 1-877-JOY-4ALL. It offers pre-recorded jokes, stories, motivational passages and poems. 

It's run by a group of Calgary high schoolers with Recreational Leadership, an off-campus course for high school students enrolled with the Calgary Board of Education, in partnership with The City of Calgary, Ever Active Schools and the Calgary Public Library.
 
 
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AHS COVID-19 Update - June 8, 2020
 

 


Indigenous Specific Resources:

 

Indigenous Health COVID web page:

The Indigenous Health COVID web page is now live. It can be accessed directly through this link: www.ahs.ca/covidih or via the main COVID landing page in the “Information For” box. We will continue to update it with new information and resources as they become available.


 

 

 

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We have confirmed seven new cases of COVID-19 in Albertans over the past 24 hours. To date, the provincial total confirmed cases of COVID-19 is 7,098. Of the total people who’ve been confirmed with COVID-19, we suspect 682 cases may have been acquired in the community from an unknown source (these cases are not included in outbreak data). Currently, there are 44 people in hospital, with six in an ICU. 6,624 people with COVID-19 have now recovered.

 

We are so happy to report there were no additional COVID-19 related deaths in Alberta in the past 24 hours. Since the start of the pandemic, 146 Albertans have passed away from COVID-19.

 

6,455 tests were completed over the last 24 hours, bringing our total COVID-19 tests to 281,979 since the start of the pandemic.

 

                                                   

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Update on COVID-19 Testing for Healthcare Workers

We continue to update the testing data for healthcare workers in the AHS Healthcare Worker COVID-19 Testing dashboard. These statistics provide the total number of AHS, Covenant Health and Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) employees and physicians tested, including a breakdown of the number of positive tests and those who have been confirmed to have been exposed in the workplace. 

                                                     

As of June 4:

·         24,812 employees (AHS, APL, and Covenant combined) have been tested for COVID-19, and of those tested, 219 (or 0.88 per cent) have tested positive.

·         Of the 219 employees who have tested positive, 32 (or 14.6 per cent) acquired their infection through a workplace exposure (with 19 of the 216 positive results still under investigation as to the source of infection).

·         1,501 physicians (AHS, APL, and Covenant combined) have been tested for COVID-19 and of those tested, 28 (or 1.87 per cent) have tested positive.

·         Of the 28 physicians who have tested positive, none has been confirmed to have acquired infection through a workplace exposure (with one of the 28 positive results still under investigation as to the source of infection).

 

For more information, see the AHS Healthcare Worker COVID-19 Testing infographic and dashboard.

 

Changes to Visitation Guidelines

AHS will implement enhanced visitation for all patients in acute outpatient and inpatient settings, effective tomorrow (June 06, 2020).  Additional considerations will also be implemented for pediatric, maternity and end-of-life situations.  Existing visitation guidelines for continuing care environments will be maintained.

 

A detailed enhanced visitation guideline document is available now at www.ahs.ca/visitation.

 

As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, AHS has continuously considered visitation guidelines in the context of risk to patients and residents of healthcare facilities, as well as to the staff providing care to these individuals. The enhanced visitation guidelines expand the allowance of some visitation, while maintaining specific criteria intended to protect patients, residents, volunteers and staff.  These changes reflect the balance that we must continue to strike to address the ongoing risk of COVID-19, as well as the holistic well-being of patients and residents.

 

Families and loved ones are central to the health of all patients and residents of care facilities.  We recognize that the presence of designated family/support persons directly contributes to patients’ safety, the healing process and general well-being.

 

Guidelines to-date have been necessary, but hard for both staff and families to manage.  We respect the diligence and care that staff and physicians have shown in seeking to manage family concerns, while continuing to ensure all patients have been protected. Going forward, staff and Albertans will continue to work together to support all family members and loved ones in our care.  Collaboration is vital to the health of all patients and residents.

 

For more information on the enhanced visitation guidelines, visit www.ahs.ca/visitation.

 

Verna’s Weekly Video Message

For my (Verna's) weekly vlog, I gather a panel to discuss racism, intolerance and unconscious bias — not just elsewhere, but here in Alberta and within the healthcare system. My guests — Marty Landrie, Executive Director of the Indigenous Health Strategic Clinical Network; Marni Panas, Program Director for AHS Diversity and Inclusion; and Karen Chinaleong-Brooks, Senior Patient Engagement Officer — talk about their personal experiences with discrimination, their thoughts on how to be an ally, and resources available to AHS staff and physicians to help them identify behaviours that are hurtful to others. One of my guests turns the table and asks me a question, too.

 

 

Donation of Exergy Ventilators

Alberta Health Services is welcoming the donation of 200 ventilators designed and built by Calgary advanced technology firm, Exergy Solutions.

                                                         

Health Minister Tyler Shandro made the announcement today in Calgary at a news conference, following a tour of Exergy Solutions’ facilities.

 

The ventilators, named Alberta E-Vent and nicknamed “Bertie”, were created in part through 3D printing technology. They are intended to provide short-term respiratory support, monitoring and treatment of adult patients, for use if, and when, a conventional ventilator is unavailable. Suncor Energy provided financial support to the Exergy Team to make the donation possible.

 

 

Many different teams and individuals offered their support and resources to bring this initiative to life. This project is another incredible example of Albertans stepping up to support us in the fight against COVID-19 and AHS is very grateful for this contribution.

 

AHS facilitated work on the project through its Ventilator Collaborative, a group co-led by Dr. Braden Manns, AHS Associate Chief Medical Officer, Strategic Clinical Networks, and Patty Wickson, Executive Director of the AHS Innovation, Evidence and Impact team.

 

The 200 ventilators, which have been approved by Health Canada, are expected to be donated in the coming weeks.

 

Biorepository of Human COVID-19 Samples

Today we announced a partnership between six of Alberta’s health foundations for the establishment of a biorepository for human COVID-19 samples in the province.

 

Financial support from the Calgary Health Trust, University Hospital Foundation, Alberta Cancer Foundation, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation will cover the full $300,000 capital cost of the biorepository to be located in Edmonton and Calgary. The biorepository will allow for the long-term preservation of positive COVID-19 samples, giving Alberta’s world-class medical-scientific researchers local access to the biological material they need to further study the virus.

 

There are currently more than 30 research projects in Alberta in need of positive samples, to support their coronavirus-related research. These projects are undertaken between AHS, the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, involving dozens of Alberta-based researchers. This partnership brings AHS and Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) together with post-secondary, research, and philanthropic communities in our shared goal to combat COVID-19, expand scientific discovery, and keep Albertans healthy now and in the future. Check out a short video on the biorepository project.

 

 

Change in Emergency Operations Centre Structure

Effective this evening, Friday, June 5, 2020, the Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC), established to respond to the COVID-19 incident, is transitioning to a new structure and is adopting new processes. Going forward, the ECC will be open Monday to Friday, 0800 - 1615 hrs. Outside of these times, urgent inquiries should be addressed to the administrator on-call.

 

Change in Schedule for COVID-19 Update

We wanted to let you know, that in keeping with other re-launch activities, the schedule for the COVID-19 Update will be revised. Beginning next week, we will move to having an update once during the week. We commit to keeping you informed on COVID-19 in our province. Any urgent COVID-19 information will be communicated immediately and directly to relevant audiences and through an all-staff message, as needed. The next COVID-19 Update will be sent out next Friday, June 12.

 

COVID-19 Pulse Survey Results Direct our Action

Nearly 13,500 of you completed the recent COVID-19 Pulse Survey (May 19-22) to help us understand what you need and how we can support you.  The results showed that you know what’s expected of you, and how to address risk, but we also learned that there’s room to improve on the direction from leaders.

 

Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at ways for leaders to be more visible, so we can better understand and provide the resources needed to continually enhance your workplaces and support your wellbeing. 

 

To build on what we’ve learned from you, we’ll be following up with a second pulse survey in July. Please watch for that opportunity, as your responses will further help us understand how we can best support you.

 

PPE Question of the Week – Masks Unmasked

Kerry Coroy — clinical liaison with Contracting, Procurement and Supply Chain Management with AHS — answers a series of questions we've received from staff and physicians about masks and masking during COVID-19. Coroy explains the difference between various kinds of masks, how they should be worn, and what masks are appropriate for specific procedures.


 

Taking time for ‘What Matters to You?’ Day on June 9

‘What Matters to You?’ Day is more than just asking a question, it is the beginning of impactful conversations. As healthcare providers, we are able to start the conversation by asking patients and families what really matters to them. These conversations build trust and help us better understand the needs of our patients.

 

Although this year looks a little different, many teams are adapting to new ways of participating, either virtually and physically-distanced, where appropriate. We wanted to share this video from the Foothills Medical Centre on how they are recognizing this important day.

 

 

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Zone Emergency Operations Centre (ZEOC) Update – North

 

Growing community in the North Zone

Staff at the North Zone’s Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Grande Prairie are tackling the pandemic by planting some cheer in the flowerbeds around the facility. Called GROWing commUNITY, different teams of staff have adopted planters, filling them with flowers donated by various greenhouses in the area through the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation.

                                                                                        

It’s the second year for the initiative. The kickoff went a bit differently this year, with smaller groups tidying the beds and planting at different times over the course of a few weeks, rather than the large planting party hosted in 2019. Regardless of physical distancing, participants felt it important to get involved, eager to dig in and get their hands dirty.  

 

GROWing commUNITY is organized by the QEII Wellness Committee. The group encourages healthy lifestyles and workplaces amongst local AHS staff through a variety of fun activities.

 

“It’s not your typical wellness event and it benefits a wide variety of people,” says QEII Wellness Committee member and AHS Executive Associate, Candice Edey. “The teams who are involved get the benefit of the outdoors and working with the plants and flowers, while everyone who walks past through the summer - the patients, visitors, Mackenzie Place residents – we all get to enjoy the view of beautiful flowers.”  

 

 

Puckering up in Lac La Biche

The North Zone’s Lac La Biche Program Admin team decided to have some fun and recently added lip stickers to their masks to bring a smile to the people they serve. 

                                                    

Sometimes masks can be a little intimidating to the children they see at their office, so they decided to pucker up and lighten things up. They printed the lips on labels and shared them with other offices to bring a little smile to everyone they see.

 

 

 

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Mental Wellness Moment - Potential long-lasting Impact of COVID-19 on children

How will a major event like the COVID-19 global pandemic affect us and our kids, not just now, but in the future? In this Mental Wellness Moment, Dr. Nicholas Mitchell addresses this question and provides suggestions what parents and caregivers can do to help children and youth manage any stress and anxiety they might feel during this pandemic.

 

 

Celebrities Celebrating AHS

Messages of gratitude for our frontline healthcare staff keep pouring in from Canadian actors, athletes, artists and musicians. Today's thank you message comes from Alberta-born country music star, Paul Brandt.

                                                                                  

"As kids, we were raised to think all superheroes wear capes," says country music star Paul Brandt, a former registered nurse at Alberta Children's Hospital. "Well, the world is realizing this isn't always the case. True superheroes? Well, they wear scrubs, masks, visors and gloves."

 

 

Follow AHS social media for more celebrity shout outs.

 

Shout Outs

The sound of voices raised in song is echoing through our shout outs tonight, as two different choirs have found ways to bring people together to enjoy music, in innovative ways.

                                                          

This week in Canmore, the Alpine Voices Threshold Choir came to sing outside the fence of the Canmore Hospital and Long-term Care Centre, while our residents sat on the other side.  The group is a local chapter of singers, which includes a large number of AHS volunteers, who, prior to the pandemic came every Monday evening to sing gentle songs at the besides of patients and residents. The group mentioned how much they miss coming the hospital, and so, with the help of the Recreation Department, they came this week to sing outside for those in the hospital and the long-term care centre. It worked so well, that they will be coming regularly on Wednesdays, weather permitting. In addition, we tried out a Zoom meeting for cancer patients in our Arts in Medicine program.  Thank you to volunteers who came to sing and those who delivered kits to the homes of those in our Arts in Medicine program, prior to our event.  All those involved seemed to love the opportunity to reconnect.   

Pamela Kathol, Volunteer Coordinator (Banff/Canmore)
Volunteer Resources

 

Adele Folliott, Recreation Therapist II

Canmore General Hospital

 

 

Once a week, for an hour, Dr. Michelle Cunningham gets together with a group of fellow doctors and sings – online, via Zoom. “For that one hour of the week, I don’t think about the other worries in my life,” Cunningham says. “All I can do is focus on the choir director and what she is telling us to do.”

                                     

Dr. Wendy Hall, an anesthesiologist at the Rockyview General Hospital, started the Calgary Physicians Choir a few months ago. After hearing about a similar project in Toronto, she sent a note to a group, asking if anyone would be interested in singing with her. “Within 24 hours, I think I had about 60 responses,” she says. “And we have over 50 in the group now.”

 

The choir includes both experienced singers and musicians, as well as many with little or no professional musical training. Their love of singing is what brings them together. “It’s a unique way we can connect right now,” Hall says.

 

The COVID-19 outbreak put an end to potential in-person practices, and there are no plans to get on stage any time soon. “Most of us are in it for fun,” Hall says. “We’re not thinking about long-term performances, that kind of thing.”

 

For now, they’re simply happy that they can get together safely and express themselves through music. “Most of all, we’re just looking forward to being together in person when it’s safe to do so.”

 

 

Community Acts of Kindness

 

Friends of the University Hospital launches new initiative – Growing Hope

The McMullen Gallery has announced a new installation, "Growing Hope.”  The Friends of the University Hospital team will be tying paper leaves to the Gift Shop gate at the University of Alberta Hospital, with messages of hope and happiness to those in the community, created by you. More information is available here.

                                             

 

Embracing Change

2020 has been an interesting year so far, and we’re not quite half way into it. It has tested and challenged our capacity to adapt and change around the world. We are into our fourth month of pandemic response in Alberta and we have seen how remarkably nimble and resilient our Albertans are, and how very capable and professional you have been in the face of intense pressure and stress.

 

It’s easy and understandable to feel discomfort as we move through these unprecedented times. We can find strength in the time we take to recharge and relax. We emphasize this every weekend, but recognize downtime isn’t always on the weekend. Please find time to honour yourselves and your work, and to do the things you love, whenever you can find the opportunity.

 

Together, we’ve already been through so much change in a few short or long months (depending on how you’re feeling). Perhaps, change is the theme for this year and we hope we can embrace the positive changes that have come from the past months and weeks, as we realize change is inevitable and in some ways, desperately needed.

 

We are so thankful that we have worked together to create change in big and small ways, and that through our collaboration and unity, we are having a positive impact in Alberta – on this pandemic and in the ways we see and support each other.

 

Thank you for being such a great team. Thank you for all you do every day to make Alberta a better place.

 

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211 Alberta Weekly COVID-19 Report
 
 
 
 
During the COVID-19 response, 211 Alberta has provided a weekly report, including statistics and information about COVID-19 related contacts 211 received via phone, text, chat and email.

Now that the 211 Alberta COVID-19 Data Dashboard is available, we have changed the format of the COVID-19 report. Any information no longer found in the report can be accessed here.

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211 Alberta now has a data dashboard available at www.ab.211.ca!

You can now explore the 211 data related to COVID-19 more deeply.

The dashboard includes data from contacts to 211 via:
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Mental Health and Substance Use Support
Wellness Together Canada

This mental health and substance use website supports people across Canada and Canadians living abroad in both official languages. It provides the following resources at no cost:
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  • Mental wellness programs you can do on your own and with coaching
  • Monitored communities of support Individual phone, video, and text counselling
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