Pandemic Planning

Sample Pandemic protocol from States:

Alvord-Taylor COVID-19 Response Plan Updated 3-26-2020 (2)

Fairfax has shared the following Business Continuity documentation: 

Pandemic-Prevention-Protocol

Pandemic-Protocol-Isolation-Protocol

If you have any questions or comment feel free to post here or to contact Brendan via e-mail at bvisca@fairfaxcommunity.ca or by phone at 204.292.9140.

 

Hearthstone (mid-size rural agency in Manitoba) has shared their Pandemic Plan and Infection Control manual: 

Hearthstone Pandemic Plan 2020-2021

HCG Infection Control Manual 2020-2022

 

Helpful example of pandemic plan from an American Community Living provider: 

https://www.jubileemd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020-03-13-Jubilee-COVID-19-Protocols-PDF.pdf

 

World Health Organization – Pandemic Phase Descriptions & Main Actions by Phase

Template for Business Continuity Planning – Pandemic Planning considerations for Residential/Day Program organizations: 

Business Continuity – Pandemic Planning Template

Another Sample Template – BC Housing – Pandemic Continuity Planning – https://www.bchousing.org/publications/Sample-Pandemic-Continuity-Plan.pdf

Nonprofit Guide to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, NPower http://www.pwhce.ca/pdf/disasterI/Canada/Communications_NpowerNonprofitbusinesscontinuity.pdf

Resources for Direct Support Professionals

Added August 10th – Guidance for DSPs who are supporting someone who is adversely affected or distress due to pandemic –  https://thriveldn.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Supporting-those-adversely-affected-or-distressed-by-the-coronavirus-outbreak-June-2020.pdf

Added August 10th – Excellent Webinar – “Self-Care for Health Professionals Working in Intellectual Disability Services Through the COVID 19 Pandemic” – https://youtu.be/JDh9YzHC4tQ to watch and the power point presentation can be accessed here: http://www.professionalpalliativehub.com/sites/default/files/Self-Care_Covid-19_ID%20Services_Prof_Robertson.pdf

Added August 4th – Webinar recording -Promoting Mental Health and Resiliency for Developmental Services Staff https://youtu.be/K9DzEn41vwU

Added July 10th – The Compassion Fatigue project has some useful resources  – https://compassionfatigue.org/

Added July 8th – Results of Survey done of DSPs during COVID in the USA by NADSP – https://publications.ici.umn.edu/community-living/covid19-survey/covid-19-survey-initial-results

Added June 26th – Wellness Strategies for the Helping Professions – Webinar  https://ca.ctrinstitute.com/free-webinar/

Added May 28th – How to prevent chafing and skin injury due to wearing PPE – https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/covid-19-ppe-skin-injury-poster.pdf

Added May 26th – Guidelines for extending the use of a mask – (St.Amant resource) – Extended Use of Masks – How To

Added May 26th – Support for Calling Health Links – (St.Amant resource) – Support for Calling Health Links (April 2020)

Added May 14th – Employee ID Cards and Letter Templates for Our DSPs 
ImagineAbility has developed a template for DSP identification cards that they would like to share with member agencies. Please, feel free to use and tweak for your purposes. An ID card paired with a letter identifying the DSP as a critical services worker (samples below) can help ensure the DSP can continue to provide uninterrupted support services to the people served by our agencies.  

Sample DSP ID Card Template
Sample Critical Services Worker Letter
Letter from Province identifying CLdS Funded Agencies as “Critical Services” 

Abilities Manitoba designed a very brief introductory training PowerPoint that could be used during this outbreak where staff may be coming over from day service sites to help in residential settings and need some critical information quickly. It is not a replacement for fulsome orientation and training but may assist with managing in a staffing crisis due to the pandemic.  There are two versions we have available:

1) pdf (printable)  Basic Orientation

2) Recorded webinar  https://vimeo.com/400871946

COVID-19 requires us all to be flexible and tolerant of change as we aim to flatten the curve. For many individuals, the sudden and forced change of routines and activities can be challenging. Here are some tips to help promote flexibility during this time:  https://www.myodp.org/mod/book/view.php?id=25106&chapterid=96

Self Care for Direct Support Professionals in Crisis

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has created an important webinar targeted to help direct support professionals understand their value and offer them some practical ideas to use for their own self-care during this crisis. We must recognize the invaluable contributions direct support professionals provide to our society and our obligation is to protect them so they can protect others.  https://youtu.be/CL95EsnLFuo

Meditation for DSPs in Times in Stress 

Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. Director of Educational Services, John Raffaele has created a meditation for DSPs in times of stress. https://youtu.be/_eeqEiZ-pxc

COVID-19 requires us all to be flexible and tolerant of change as we aim to flatten the curve. For many individuals, the sudden and forced change of routines and activities can be challenging. Here are some tips to help promote flexibility during this time:  https://www.myodp.org/mod/book/view.php?id=25106&chapterid=96

 
David Pitonyak’s message to Direct Support Professionals during COVID-19: https://youtu.be/rr-z-XBaFMY

Video from David Hingsburger on Social Distancing:  https://youtu.be/0D7c435yibk

Here are some useful visual resources on COVID-19 (coronavirus) and proper hand washing technique from Special Olympics.
 
Visual guide Stay Safe during the Coronavirus Outbreak: Coronavirus (COVID-19) What you need to know – Infographic
 
 

Join Inspire Community Outreach for a special training, created for increasing our understanding and capacity to support complex children. This includes children with neurological, cognitive and mental heal differences and those who are sometimes called sensitive. Children with multiple disabilities or differences will be discussed, as well as connecting to children who are hard to connect to. https://inspirecommunityoutreach.ca/event/supporting-complex-children-during-social-isolation/

Simple explanations of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and related topics:

(Note: These CBC Kids videos aren’t just for kids, they provide good explanations of the topics.)

Explanation of why people are alarmed about the coronavirus

Explanation of social distancing

Explanation of flattening the curve

NADSP webinar on Self Care for the DSP: https://youtu.be/CL95EsnLFuo

NADSP Webinar: COVID and the role of Direct Support Professionals: https://youtu.be/ud4Q4e_hcuw

Guidelines for Health Facilities (hospitals etc). While not the same, it may provide valuable advice.  https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/updated-ipac-measures-covid-19.pdf?la=en

Instructions for infection control for community shelters and group homes: 

https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/fs/infcontshelter.pdf

What does social distancing really mean?

https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/covid-19-social-distancing.pdf

Poster for Teaching hand hygiene:

https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/hand-hygiene.pdf

Handwashing video:  https://youtu.be/3PmVJQUCm4E

Resources for Households in the midst of COVID-19: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html

Interim Guidance for Implementing Home Care of People Not Requiring Hospitalization for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-home-care.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-home-care.html

 

Important Websites with Current Information

The federal government has a site that provides information and stats on COVID-19 broken down by Province – https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/Canada-COVID-19/id1505010304

The Government of Canada has published an Outbreak Update web site that tracks the current situation in Canada. Nonprofit organizations may find the sections on preparing communitiesworkplaces, and schools and daycares helpful in reducing the spread of infection. For instance, employers are encouraged to promote good hygiene, and consider flexible work arrangements and paid sick leave options..

The federal government also provides advice for international travellers, as well as health notice updates for specific countries. The update site also provides information on Coronavirus and First Nations communities.

The federal government has one page that captures some of the specific information and insight related to COVID-19 and people with disabilities located here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/guidance-documents/people-with-disabilities.html?mc_cid=a3895e44e0&mc_eid=d801601db9

Shared Health: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/

*online screening tool available on this site.

World Health Organization Website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Resource List – General Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention                      (as of Sept 28th)

Where to go for Information

Manitoba Health Seniors and Active Living: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html

Shared Health has information for health care providers as well as posters that can be downloaded and shared: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/

Resources

The following sections provide links to some key resources from Shared Health and Manitoba Health Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) you may choose to share with community. This list is not exhaustive but can be used as a quick reference guide.

 Please ensure you are regularly visiting Shared Health and MHSAL websites above for the most up to date information for the public.

 Fundamentals of COVID-19 Prevention

 Hygiene Posters

Wearing a mask

  • How to safely use a non-medical mask or face covering

 Wear it well: A mask how-to for kids (video)

 Testing

Specific Guidance

COVID-19 Epidemiology Data

Pandemic Response System

Mental Health Resources

Resource List – COVID-19 Resources Translated into Multiple Languages

 Information from Manitoba Government Websites:

1) Should I get tested for COVID-19? poster

Available on Shared Health website: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/providers/posters/

2) Social (Physical) Distancing poster

Available on the MB Health website: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html

3) Reduce my risk & Testing – audio

Available on the MB Health website: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html

3) Hand Hygiene – Poster

Available on the Shared Health website: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/providers/hand-hygiene-posters/

4) Cough etiquette – Poster

Available on the Shared Health website: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/providers/cough-etiquette-posters/

5) Isolation & Self-Monitoring For Symptomatic Individuals Recovering at Home – Factsheet

Available on the MB Health website here: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html

September 17, 2020 update: Versions of these fact sheets in other languages are being translated and will be updated as soon as they become available

6) Self-Isolation (Quarantine) & Self-Monitoring For Returning Travellers and Contacts of Cases – Factsheet

Available on the MB Health website here: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html

September 17, 2020 update: Versions of these fact sheets in other languages are being translated and will be updated as soon as they become available

 7) How to care for a person with COVID-19 at home – Factsheet

Available on the MB Health website here: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html

September 17, 2020 update: Versions of these fact sheets in other languages are being translated and will be updated as soon as they become available

Information from international, national, and local sources:  

      • There are many many more resources than listed here, this is a current snapshot of information available in multiple languages.   

1) Public Health Agency of Canada

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/awareness-resources.html

Available in English and French and includes a note “Some resources are available in multiple languages.”

You click each resource to find out what language it is available in. Most videos and audio are bilingual; and printed materials are more likely to have been translated. 

2) World Health Organization

Advice for the Public: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

There is a language toggle with some materials translated:

      • Arabic
      • Chinese (simplified)
      • French
      • Russian
      • Spanish

3) Ethnocultural Council of Manitoba (ECCM)

Covid-19 Manitoba’s state of emergency summary and social distancing guideline in different languages: https://ethnomanitoba.ca/covid-19/

Multilingual Supports for Parents and Students: Returning to School https://ethnomanitoba.ca/welcoming-our-students-back-restoring-safe-school/

4) Immigration Partnership Winnipeg

COVID-19 Resources and Information: https://www.ipwinnipeg.org/ipw-response-to-covid-19  (this lists many Manitoba provincial government resources and Public Health Agency of Canada resources in one place.)

5) MFL Occupational Health Centre

Information Sheets for Essential Workers: http://mflohc.mb.ca/covid-19/information-sheets-for-essential-workers/

Powerpoint on how to Prevent COVID shared via WRHA: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kv9Xi8v0n9kVMTwZ4bHJlgbbH0mqi0OI/view?usp=sharing 

COVID19 Information & Resources

To ask a question or share information, ideas or resources, please check out the COVID19 Forum (https://abilitiesmanitoba.org/forum/covid-19/)

If you have information or resources to add to this listing, you can email them directly to leanne@abilitiesmanitoba.org 

This document will continue to grow as resources and information is shared.  The following links, resources and information may be helpful to your organization as you prepare for and deal with the COVID19 pandemic. #WeAreBetterTogether