Over the last week, you may have heard through the news or social media of the Coronavirus that is raising health concerns across the globe. Although a small number of presumptive cases of the virus have been confirmed in Canada, Health Canada, Alberta Health Services and other Canadian agencies have stated that the risk to Canadians remains low as hospitals have a strong system to prevent and control infections. This outbreak is being closely monitored by all relevant agencies in our province and federally.
Should this issue escalate in our community, YMCA Calgary has a documented pandemic plan which outlines necessary steps both in prevention (eg. hygiene and housekeeping practices) and our response in the event of an outbreak. There are a number of systems, policies and activities that happen on a daily basis that position us very strongly both to keep our communities safe, and to react if needed.
These general practices are also in place for YMCA staff and participants in our program areas:
- Frequent hand washing is encouraged and practiced
- Cough and sneeze etiquette is encouraged
- Common areas are frequently cleaned
- YMCA staff and participants are asked to stay home when ill (and to remain home for 24 hours after symptoms have disappeared if the illness is flu-like or gastrointestinal)
If you would like more information on the Coronavirus, please refer to the Government of Alberta website at https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx.
Thank you for working with us to ensure our YMCA community is safe and welcoming.