COVID-19 Update
December 21st, 2021

Dear Optima Living Residents, Employees, and Stakeholders,

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
- Confucius (551-479 BC)

As we continue to navigate the pandemic and approach another Christmas season, surely the impact of the pandemic and restrictions will continue to be part of our daily lives. The progress on all of this remains slow and it’s tempting to want to rush past all the restrictions and just open up everything again to pre-pandemic levels. This is exactly what we must not do.

Continue to stay the course, wash your hands, get vaccinated, get your flu shot, and continue to be kind to all around you—for in the end, it is kindness to our fellow humans that will be remembered.

Canada

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada - December 17th, 2021

Travel health notices, Updated Dec 15

Interval between second COVID-19 vaccinations and the booster for the majority is 6 months but the timeline for vulnerable populations and healthcare workers can be as early as 8 weeks.  It is highly recommended to receive a booster vaccination.

Alberta

The following Albertans are now eligible to book a third dose:

  • All Albertans aged 70 and older

  • First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) people aged 18 and older

  • Front-line health-care workers who received their first two doses less than eight weeks apart

  • Albertans who received two doses of AstraZeneca or one dose of Janssen while abroad

The following temporary measures came into effect on October 25:

  • Visiting persons must wear a mask continuously (even in resident rooms) 

  • Long term care and designated supportive living residents must be tested within 48 hours of hospital discharge (for new admissions and returns from hospital stays longer than 24 hours).

    • Residents must remain in their room under contact/droplet precautions until their negative test is received.

  • Visiting family and friends must:

    • wear a mask continuously while indoors and in resident rooms (unless a significant communication barrier is present)

    • stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild and even if you are fully vaccinated

  • Family and friends who are not fully immunized are asked to strongly reconsider their need to attend to the resident onsite, indoors and in-person before entering the site.”

Anyone 12 years old and up can book their first or second covid shot. Learn more here about children and the vaccine.

December 15th Alberta update: https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=806127767DC91-C00C-A03B-5C195DC5B9C14FF2 

Alberta vaccine records with QR codes are now the only valid proof of vaccination accepted by operators participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program.


British Columbia

BC has extended the requirement to wear masks in public places indefinitely. Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer said “This important layer of protection will help make all of us safer, along with practicing hand hygiene regularly, staying away if sick and, most importantly, getting fully vaccinated.”

BC has entered into a lock down in certain areas due to Omicron.  Indoor organized gatherings of any size are not allowed such as weddings, New Year’s events.  Bars, Nightclubs and lounges are closed.  Indoor events at venus are only allowed at 50% capacity.  Gyms, fitness and dance studios are closed. Sports tournaments and related travel are not allowed.   Indoor personal gatherings are limited to your household plus 10, or one other household.  All the current restrictions can be found here.

Anyone 18 and older will be invited to receive a booster shot.  

Children 5-11 have been approved for Pfizer vaccine by Health Canada with rollout beginning November 29th.

The teams at long-term care homes and Assisted Living facilities now need to be fully vaccinated (two shots). Those who do not get vaccinated will not be able to work.

Visitor Guidance for Long-Term Care and Seniors' Assisted Living

  • You do not need to schedule an appointment to visit and there is no limit to the number of visitors for each resident.

  • All visitors should be fully vaccinated before visiting. Proof of vaccination will be required. You're fully vaccinated 14 days after dose two.

  • Safety precautions like visitor health screening, wearing masks in common areas, hand hygiene, and physical distancing will continue.

  • You can only remove your mask when visiting residents in their living area if you're fully vaccinated.

Before your visit, review information for Visitors in Long-Term Care and Seniors’ Assisted Living.

More information can be found here.


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