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Coronavirus Communique

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Dear CHIRS clients, family members, staff, and visitors,

As you may be aware, there has been an emergence of the Novel Coronavirus in Ontario. The health and well-being of our clients and staff is our top priority. We would like to inform you of CHIRS' initiatives to monitor information and implement directives from the Ontario Ministry of Health as they relate to CHIRS services and settings.

We have a committee communicating daily as information is updated. We would like you to be informed of the following initiatives:

  • CHIRS is providing education sessions to clients, with general information regarding the Novel Coronavirus aimed at providing accurate information to abate fears that some people may have. The first session was provided January 30 with the next scheduled for February 4.
  • CHIRS has implemented the level of surveillance recommended by the Ministry of Health-Toronto Public Health. For example, in-person or telephone screening for symptoms or travel history.
  • CHIRS will notify residential clients and families should a client require a visit to an acute care hospital, to ensure all recommended precautions are exercised and to discuss the extent of support CHIRS is able to provide.
  • CHIRS will ensure that all staff are fit tested for N95 respirators and that an adequate supply of required respirators are available on an ongoing basis.

Before you come to a CHIRS site, it is very important that you screen yourself using the selfassessment tool below.

2019-CoV Respiratory Infection Screener

Part A: Symptoms
1. Do you or anyone in your household have new/worse cough or shortness of breath? Yes □
No □
2. Are you feeling feverish or have you had shakes or chills in the last 24 hours? Yes □
No □

Part B: Travel/Contact
1. Have you traveled to Hubei province, China (including Wuhan) in the last 14 days? Yes □
No □
2. Have you had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of someone with novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)? Yes □
No □
3. Have you had close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to Hubei province, China (including Wuhan) within 14 days prior to their illness onset? Yes □
No □

If you have answered "Yes" to any of the questions above, please speak to your support team at CHIRS or to your supervisor and do not come to a CHIRS site. If you have answered "Yes" to questions in both Parts A and B, please contact PUBLIC HEALTH for further advice.

Help prevent the spread of Coronavirus!
Let's work together to keep everyone healthy!
We want to remind you of some simple ways to help stop the potential spread of viruses.

Stay at home:
  1. When you are sick
  2. If you have traveled to Wuhan, China in the past 14 days
  3. If you have had close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to Wuhan, China in the last 14 days.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching you eyes, nose and mouth with your hands
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw that tissue in the trash

We will provide ongoing updates to facilitate the sharing of important information and promote the safety and wellbeing of CHIRS clients and staff.

Please contact your support team or supervisor should you have any questions or concerns.

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