Covid-19

Feb 10

February 10, 2021

Hello friends, I hope you have been staying warm and comfortable during these past weeks, and we wanted to see how everyone is doing?

We also wanted to let you know that since the province has lifted the “stay at home” order in our area and we will be returning to the colour zone for our capacity limit. The Ministry has general guidelines we must follow, and these are coordinated with the Hastings Prince Edward County Health Unit active case numbers. Their website is  https://hpepublichealth.ca/covid-19-cases/ .

QVSS CohortMCSS Permitted Numbers
Maximum CapacityGreenZoneYellowZoneOrangeZoneRedZone
Cohort 1101050
Cohort 2101050
Cohort 3 (smaller area)5540
Games Room6650

For some of you, it may mean you are returning to QVSS for modified programs and services. However, the number of people we can have in each cohort will remain as stated in the chart above.

Please be advised that we will notify you of the date you can return. This will most likely be coordinated with the vaccine rollout.

If you require needed or essential service during this time, please contact QVSS at (613)968-5211 to discuss how we might be able to help.

In the meantime, we hope you have been enjoying our online programs, telephone calls, QVSS Facebook and our website to help pass the time until we can all be together again. If you have any great ideas, you would like to share with us how we can make this time better for you, or if you have concerns about your present situation where you feel you may need emergency day services, please call us.

Stay safe and healthy!

Mike Vajda (Executive Director)

Jan 28

QVSS expects the stay-at-home order to expire on February 9, 2021

January 28, 2021

Hello everyone, I hope you are well and keeping yourselves active and busy. It has been a few weeks, and we wanted to check-in to say that we are thinking about you, and just because COVID-19 has changed things, we have not forgotten you!

COVID-19 is new to everyone, and QVSS is learning along the way too! We want to be sure to help you in every way we can during these unique times! It can sometimes be unclear with all the different words we need to remember and follow, like shutdowns, lockdowns, and stay at home orders! Then just as you start getting used to it, things change again.

It seems one day you can do one thing, and the next day you can not. Some of you who are in essential need have been coming to QVSS. As this pandemic heightens, so do the restrictions. Although we are doing relatively well in Hasting and Prince Edward, there are still some “hot spots” in Ontario. We may have to ask some of you to please stay at home until a specific date since we must follow strict guidelines for everyone to remain safe and healthy. Although we may give you a date to return, please wait for us to call you to confirm since your return date may change. If you require essential service during this time, please contact QVSS at (613)968-5211 to discuss how we might be able to help.

In the meantime, we hope you have been enjoying our online programs, telephone calls, QVSS Facebook and our website to help pass the time until we can all be together again. If you have any great ideas you would like to share with us how we can make this time better for you, or if you have concerns about your present situation where you feel you may need emergency day services please call us at 613-968-5211.

Stay safe and healthy!

Dec 28

Province-wide Shutdown

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, a province-wide shutdown is in effect as of Saturday, December 26, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. It will be in effect for all of Ontario until Saturday, January 9, 2021. Public health unit regions in Southern Ontario will remain shutdown until Saturday, January 23, 2021.

The purpose of the shutdown is to help:

  • stop the spread of COVID-19 in communities
  • save lives
  • preserve health system capacity
  • protect vulnerable populations and those who care for them

This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts.

What does this mean for QVSS?

The COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) is paused. Instead, we must follow temporary restrictions and public health and workplace safety measures.

Anyone who is receiving inbuilding services is suspended until January 23rd. You should stay at home as much as possible

QVSS building will only be open for essential individuals for those who are absolutely necessary; extremely important, they have a day program. If you would like to be considered for this, please complete the request for essential services.

We are offering all of our online/virtual and telephone services until the province opens up, hopefully on January 23.

As we all try to navigate this pandemic safely, QVSS is doing its best to provide you with the safest possible day program. With the provincial shutdown, we must only provide services to those individuals who are deemed as essential.

We are looking at only serving individuals (inbuilding)whom it is absolutely necessary; extremely important that they need a place to go during the day.

To request inbuilding services please fill out the Request for Essential Services

Nov 25

QVSS New Enhanced Covid-19 Protocols

Please be advised of these enhanced Covid-19 protocols as we continue to see higher numbers in our area during this second wave.

QVSS endeavor is to ensure the health and safety of everyone at the agency.  Due to the increase of cases provincially and locally, we are enhancing our COVID-19 protection measures.  Your needs are foremost in all our considerations while we strive to keep you safe as the COVID-19 numbers rise.

These measures will be in effect until the local and provincial numbers of COVID-19 start to decrease.

We ask that you stay home if you are feeling sick for any reason. If you come to QVSS not feeling well anyway, and the staff notices, we will have you go home to stay home until you feel better.

Please help QVSS remain open by remaining home if you are not feeling well.

The following measures will be in effect immediately!

  • If you have been in contact with someone who is testing for COVID-19, YOU need to stay home until THEY test NEGATIVE.

  • If you are at QVSS showing signs or symptoms, you will be removed from the program area to an isolation room and then sent home. QVSS will have the entire program area sanitized.

  • You MUST remain home until you are free from symptoms for 48 hours.

  • If someone in the building has tested positive for COVID-19, stay home for the entire 14 days. To ensure no other people are infected, QVSS will lock-down for two weeks to confirm no other cases develop. The agency will be sanitized.

We will go back to enhanced online services!

Thank you for your ongoing understanding and cooperation.

The Staff and Management of QVSS.

Sept 28

COVID-19 Update from QVSS

To all QVSS participants:

As Executive Director, I am your biggest supporter! I want you to know Quinte Vitality and Social Supports have not forgotten you! We, too, are anxious for things to return to normal.

However, as employers, we are responsible for protecting our employees and participants attending the programs we offer here at QVSS. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 threat will remain in the environment and continue to be a significant health threat until there is a vaccine, until effective treatments are broadly available or, the population at large acquires protective immunity.

Our concern is the health and safety of the people receiving services and the staff in the middle of this global pandemic. There is a risk of increased transmission or outbreaks as restrictions ease, and more people re-enter public spaces.

As things slowly progress at QVSS and the number of people increases, we will contact you. However, keep in mind that although we are moving forward, if the population numbers continue to increase with COVID-19, we may close again.

The people with first consideration will be people most in need, so if you feel your circumstances have changed where you think you need supports, please call us.

In the meantime, please continue to enjoy QVSS online services, phone calls, and if you feel there are other services you think we could provide, please call us at 613-968-5211, or private message us on Facebook.

Thank you! Stay safe! We will keep in touch!

Mike Vajda

July 17

COVID-19 Update from QVSS

July 17, 2020

To all QVSS participants:

Although Ontario is beginning stage three and reopening businesses, services and public space in our local area, QVSS WILL NOT be returning to regular programs and services at this time. Things will remain very different at QVSS while this pandemic continues. Even the programs and services we are currently operating in building and online are very different from what we usually offer.

While we were closed, we developed a re-opening plan, and Its main goal is to protect the people receiving services and the staff. The health and safety of the people we support is a top concern amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. Also, under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), we have the responsibility to protect our employees. The COVID-19 threat will remain in the environment and will continue to be a significant health threat until a vaccine and/or effective treatments are broadly available, or the population at large acquires protective immunity.

Our re-opening plans take many things into account, including your needs for day supports and the overall safety of all. The primary strategy of our inbuilding program is only to support the most in need while keeping attendance to a minimum. Public Health has advocated that social distancing is a significant part of curbing the transmission of COVID-19. Currently, while there is a downward trend happening with COVID-19, everyone has been advised of the risk of increased transmission or outbreaks as restrictions are eased, and more people re-enter public spaces.

QVSS has identified a principal hazard of not being able to control the transmission of the virus in our building is not being able to provide social distancing and cross-contamination through the touching of other personal items during program hours. So, we know keeping numbers as low as we can at QVSS is our best chance of you not catching or spreading the virus.  Also, by providing individualized program spaces and personalized supplies are a crucial component of the plan.

If things continue to slowly improve throughout the province and locally, and we safely progress at QVSS, then we can start to increase the number of people, that is when we will contact you.  However, keep in mind that although things may appear to be improving, if the population numbers rise with COVID-19, we may close again. We encourage you always to have a back-up plan in case there is sudden or immediate closure.

 

We are currently serving a small number of people in the building at this time. If you feel your circumstances have changed where you feel you need supports, please call us to discuss this.

In the meantime, please continue to enjoy QVSS online services, phone calls, and if you feel there are other services you feel we could provide, please call us 613-968-5211, or private message us on Facebook.

Thank you! Stay safe! We will keep in touch

June 29

COVID-19 Update from QVSS

June 29, 2020

To all Program Participants

QVSS will tentatively begin Phase 1 of our reopening plan on July 2, 2020. Our number-one priority is to protect the people we support and the staff that provides the supports. In order to do so, the plan will require participants and staff to follow strict health protocols to ensure the safety of the participants, staff, and others.

Our day supports “Care Plan” sets out strict rules that must be followed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We must remain diligent in helping stop the spread of the virus, and we must be aware that there is still a public health risk.

Although QVSS is opening its doors, it does not mean everyone comes back to our inbuilding activities, and everything is like it was. Unfortunately, at this stage, it would not be safe to do that. What is going to happen is as the province continues to put into action its Framework for Reopening the Province, day support centres across Ontario will be able to reopen with strict safety and operational requirements in place.

To begin, QVSS is required to provide essential services to the people most in need while minimizing the risk of catching and spreading Covid-19 among staff and people attending the program. So, we will be contacting everyone to address your immediate and future program needs. Our plan includes providing supports to people most in need and expanding our services as we feel safe and comfortable. We hope that you understand this and know that keeping you and staff safe is our number one goal.

If you feel your son or daughter is in dire need of day supports, please contact Linda at linda@qvss.on.ca or (613)847-1462

If you do not require emergency care and are okay for now, please continue enjoying our online programs and services.

Stay safe! Stay healthy! We’re going to get through this together!

Mike Vajda
Executive Director

March 18

COVID-19 Update from QVSS

With the continued news and growing concerns around novel coronavirus (COVID-19), QVSS wants to provide you with an update on our commitment to you during this important time.

Although our building is presently closed the Board/Managers and Staff remain available to support you and will continue to respond to your needs. If you are in need of our assistance please contact Mike Vajda (613)-849-7456 mike@qvss.on.ca or Linda Goldrick (613)847-1462 linda@qvss.on.ca.

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Learn how the Ministry of Health is helping to keep Ontarians safe during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Find out how to protect yourself and how to recognize symptoms.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

March 16

Important Notice Regarding QVSS Operations

PROGRAMMING CHANGES – QVSS will close its day programs as of the end of the day (March 16, 2020) until further notice.

We are committed to maintaining the safety of our agency and the individuals we support. 

As much as the internal and external programs promote our mission of community inclusion, safety and responsibility are the overriding factors to decision making. We are suspending all programs and services until further notice. This includes; All internal programs at QVSS and all external programs like; Bowling, The Wellness Centre, meet you at the library, shopping, let’s get physical and Rally One. 

We thank you for your cooperation and dedication to the people we support.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mike Vajda(613)-849-7456  mike@qvss.on.ca or Linda Goldrick. (613)847-1462 linda@qvss.on.ca.

March 12

COVID-19 Update from QVSS

QVSS will remain open; however, we are suspending all out of building programs.

As much as the external programs promote our mission of community inclusion, safety and responsibility are the overriding factors to decision making. We are suspending all out of building programs until further notice. This includes; Bowling, The Wellness Centre, meet you at the library, shopping, let’s get physical and Rally One. 

We have also instituted several safety measures in the building. We ask you to sanitize your hand before entering the building. All victors must check-in before entering the building. Anyone exhibiting a persistent cough, fever or shortness of breath will be asked to seek medical attention. 

We thank you for your cooperation and dedication to the people we support.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mike Vajda or Linda Goldrick.