Important Announcement

 

Please note that due to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s priority focus on the COVID-19 response, we have decided to suspend the weekly News and Information emails at this time.  We expect this function to resume in the future.

 

Meanwhile, the authoritative source of information for Canadians on COVID-19 is Canada.ca/coronavirus. Please consult this site daily.

 

Information is also available on the Government of Canada COVID-19 Information Line at 1-833-784-4397 with interpretation services available in multiple languages.  You can also email phac.info.aspc@canada.ca.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced earlier today that there would be Federal daily COVID-19 updates at noon EST (10 a.m. MST).  Please watch on the website, social media, or wherever you get your news.  Updates are also found here.

 

Please find attached some awareness resources, including “Know the Difference: Self-monitoring, self-isolation, and isolation for COVID-19,” or at the following links:

 

Social distancing is another important measure to combat the spread of COVID-19.  In light of Alberta school cancellations and indefinite closure of all licensed child care facilities, out-of-school care programs and preschool programs, it is crucial to keep kids at home and avoid play dates, sleepovers, and other interactions. 

 

We must all continue to follow the direction of local public health authorities.  Here is Alberta Health Service’s link for information and updates on novel coronavirus (COVID-19): https://albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx, and the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

 

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Office of Health for Alberta, will be doing regular press conferences daily at 3:30 p.m. MST to update Albertans on the COVID-19 situation in the province. These updates are live streamlined on the YOUR ALBERTA YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/YourAlberta, and also broadcast wherever you get your news. 

 

To protect your health and to limit the spread of the virus, remember to follow hand and respiratory hygiene practices:

  • wash your hands frequently with soap;

  • use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;

  • sneeze or cough into your elbow or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue; and

  • stay home when you are sick. 

 

Simple measures like these, taken by everyone, will be the key to “flattening the curve” or reducing the spread of the virus and mitigating the harm of COVID-19.

 

Lastly, please see the following helpful information from the Institute of Child Psychology:

 

We are ALL in This Together

Wow, life can change on a dime.

Last week started as a fairly "regular" week (for us in Canada, anyway) with some* smaller anxieties related to COVID19... but by the week's end there were so many questions and uncertainties. As global citizens, our world was turned upside down.

Here we are now, looking at indefinite school closures, working from home, activity and event cancellations, and wondering we should have jumped on the toilet paper hoarding bandwagon or not.

If it all feels a little overwhelming and confusing, please know this - you are not alone.

 

HELPING CHILDREN MANAGE ANXIETY RELATED TO COVID19

 

The reason you are a subscriber with ICP is that you want to help children. This week we are offering a video on how to help manage anxiety in children related to COVID19. It's not lengthy or complicated by any means, but it does have some ideas to bridge what is going on in the outside world to your children in a developmentally appropriate way.

Let the information about this virus come from YOU, not from social media or the news. The abundance of info on Facebook and IG is overwhelming enough for adults, it's far too much for children to take in from media sources. It's ok not to have the answers, and it's ok to be scared, but know everyone on our planet is feeling ill at ease-- this experience unites us. 

 

In addition, here is a great handout to follow from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

 

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Monica Vanderleest

 

Senior Program Officer, Western Region

Public Health Agency of Canada/ Government of Canada

monica.vanderleest@canada.ca /Tel: 780-495-5303/ Fax: 780-495-5537 

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