**UPDATE: April 26, 2021
Since March 2020, the CVCDA has been diligently following all COVID protection protocols to ensure the safety of clients and staff. Although we have been diligent about taking all the necessary precautions, we are sorry to report CVCDA has had a second low risk COVID-19 employee exposure related to the initial exposure on: April 13th and April 14th, 2021. As a result of CVCDA closing the TAP program for in- person services from April 19th to April 30th – there are NO ADDITIONAL EXPOSURES to families.
This is also a LOW RISK EXPOSURE. The Public Health Authority (PHA) completed the contact tracing and has assured us that the risk to other individuals beyond those who have already been notified by the PHA, are very low.
The Public Health Authority will not be issuing a public announcement. They have determined that at this point in time, services through CVC- DA are not a public health risk. However, in consideration of you, our clients and those in our community at large, we want to provide reas- surance through this message; we will continue to keep your well-being and the well-being of our staff our priority.
While we have not received a Public Health Authority directive to sus- pend services, CVCDA has voluntarily extended suspending in-person direct services for the Autism Program until April 30th. Remote services will continue as normal. While we realize preventing in-person services is stressful for everyone, we are taking every precaution to keep our families safe during these unprecedented times.
We appreciate your patience and understanding and will continue to be transparent and infor- mative, sharing new information as it becomes available. If you feel you have reason to believe you have been exposed, please monitor your symptoms and contact the local Health Authority for Direction.
Please direct any further questions or concerns to (250) 338-4288.
CVCDA Executive Director
April 19, 2021
To Our Clients and Community Members,
Since March 2020, the CVCDA has been diligently following all COVID protection protocols to ensure the safety of clients and staff. Although we have gone above and beyond in taking all the necessary precautions, we are sorry to report an employee in our Autism Program (TAP) has tested positive and therefore CVCDA had a low risk COVID-19 exposure on April 13th and April 14th, 2021. At this time our valued team member is resting at home in self-isolation.
This is a LOW RISK EXPOSURE and limited to one CVCDA employee. Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) completed contact tracing and has assured us the risk to other individuals beyond those who have already been notified by the PHSA, are very low.
The Provincial Health Authority has also informed us they will not be issuing a public announcement. They have determined that at this point in time, this event is not a public health risk. However, in consideration of you, our clients and those in our community at large, we want to provide reassurance through this message; we will continue to keep your well-being and the well-being of our staff our priority.
While not a Provincial Health Authority directive, CVCDA has voluntarily halted in-person direct services for The Autism Program until April 26th. Remote services will continue as normal. During this time our Autism Centre will undergo a deep-clean and staff will continue to self monitor for any symptoms. This is simply precautionary, which has been our preferred way of operating since the beginning of COVID-19.
We understand with our first COVID event there will naturally be a lot of questions and anxiousness. We want to ensure you have all the answers we are able to provide. If you feel there is reason to believe you have been exposed, please monitor your symptoms and contact the local Health Authority for direction. Please direct any further questions or concerns to our main office at (250) 338-4288.
CVCDA Executive Director
We are grateful for your continued patience during this extraordinary time. We will continue with the necessary steps to provide safe operations for our organization in an effort to prevent any potential spread of COVID-19. Our team here at the CVCDA is dedicated and continually working on new and creative ways to maintain supports and services remotely and whereever possible. Whether we continue to provide our services virtually or in-person (by appointment only), we cannot wait to see all of the smiling faces of our families once more!
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We are currently only offering limited in person (direct service) appointments. Pre-screening is a requirement for ALL in person appointments. When arriving for any scheduled, direct services,:
- masks (preferably made with 3 layers of cloth) are to be worn by adults in all CVCDA locations.
- hand washing/sanitizing is compulsory.
- touchless temperature checks will be administered to monitor for fever.
- physical distancing is required.
All other appointments will be provided remotely through remote consultations. Please read update below for more details.
A LOW RISK exposure means an individual was not in close proximity to an infectious person for an extended period of time, and are less likely to develop COVID-19 from this exposure.
HOW IS COVID-19 SPREAD?
This virus is spread between people primarily by droplets. This means you need to be close enough to be exposed to saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of the infected person for an extended period of time.
Visit our CVCDA COVID-19 Updates page to stay current with our ongoing Restart Plan, protocols and restrictions in place.
CVCDA COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN
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