(Updated - Wednesday, September 30/20)
All public indoor spaces require people to wear masks. Though The Berkeley is not a public space, we do require employees and visitors to wear a mask when in close proximity of residents. Canada is seeing a huge surge in cases and the risk is still very much a present danger. In Nova Scotia and the Atlantic bubble, the risk is relatively low, but we must not be complacent because that could change. Mask wearing has been put in place as a measure to protect us from people coming into the Atlantic bubble who have COVID-19. Handwashing and physical distance are also measures we must continue to take seriously for our own protection as well as our loved ones, neighbours and strangers.
Each province has put protocols in place for the sake of the economy but, as we have seen in other provinces, backward steps have had to be taken to control the upswing in cases. The pandemic is still very much a threat and will remain so until a vaccine is developed. It is important to remember that there is a very real possibility of a second wave here in Atlantic Canada. Working together, we can control the impact it has on our community by exercising caution and taking responsibility for our own actions. Navigating this new normal is taking more thought and consideration than life before COVID-19. Please watch for signs that you may be sick and govern yourself accordingly. If in the past 48 hours you have had, or you are currently experiencing any of the following symptoms, we urge you to call 811 or you can use this link https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20201001005:
Fever (i.e. chills/sweats) OR Cough (new or worsening)
Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
- Sore throat
- Runny nose/nasal congestion
- Shortness of breath
You should also call 811 for assessment if you think you've been exposed to COVID-19 or have any other symptoms that concern you.
With people moving around Atlantic Canada more freely and our kids back at school, it is important to be mindful of the protocols and protective measures put in place to keep us safe. Please take extra precautions for your own safety and so that you will not jeopardize the safety of your loved ones or the community at large.
Public Health continues to recommend that the very best way to stay safe is with regular hand hygiene, physical distancing and wearing a mask. We urge everyone to stay informed. For more information and updates, click on the following links:
The following are measures we are currently taking to protect our residents and employees:
- We are now allowing indoor visits by appointment (two people per resident at a time)
- While weather permits, visits by appointment are being booked on our patios (up to 5 people per resident)
- Residents and family and friends are reminded to wear a mask, practice physical distancing AND regular hand hygiene if they choose to go to appointments or shopping
- Hair Salons are open in our buildings for residents (following industry protocols)
- Employees and outside caregivers must pass a screening test and a temperature check before starting and at the end of their workday
- Residents returning from hospital might be quarantined for 5-14 days if necessary unless tested for COVID-19 (not applicable at present)
- Residents & staff are monitored closely for any change in their health
- Everyone is reminded to practice hand hygiene and physical distancing
- Employees with one or more of the COVID symptoms will be asked to stay home for up to 14 days depending on the situation
- Employees who come into contact with someone testing COVID positive will be required to stay home for 14 days
- Recreation programs have been moved to larger spaces and limits have been placed on group size to ensure appropriate social distancing
- Dining Room has shifted to a 2-seatings model for lunch and dinner to reduce numbers in the dining room at any given time
- Tray service is available for those choosing to isolate and will be mandatory for those with signs of illness or required to quarantine
- Regular sanitizing of high touch surfaces and common areas
- All staff are wearing homemade masks when in proximity of residents
- All Berkeley healthcare staff are wearing medical grade masks
- Family may drop off items for residents at the door or hand off in person when meeting residents outside
As we look to the future and life returning to normal, we would like to turn your attention to the virtual tours on our website. For now, we are only doing in-person tours of the exact apartment unit for those who are ready to move in soon. If you would like a personalized virtual tour of one of our buildings or more information, please call Jenn Walker at (902) 802-0346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.