(Updated - Wednesday, July 29/20)
As of July 31, all public indoor spaces will 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. The risk to Canadians is still considered high, according to the Government of Canada website (see below). In Nova Scotia, the risk is low at present, but will increase as we open up to other parts of the country. Mask wearing has been put in place as a protcol to protect us from the risk of people travelling into the province.
Each province has put protocols in place so that the economy may slowly, but surely, come back to life. This is great news, of course, but 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 going to take more thought and consideration, when it comes to very simple acts, than life before COVID-19. Please watch for signs that you may be sick and govern yourself accordingly. We urge you to get tested if you have any of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19:
- fever (chills, sweats)
- cough or worsening of a previous cough
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- muscle aches
- nasal congestion or runny nose
- hoarse voice
- unusual fatigue
- loss of sense of smell or taste
- red, purple, or blueish lesions on the feet, toes, or fingers without clear cause
With people moving around Atlantic Canada more freely, 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. Without a quarantine period in place, we face greater risk, and once travel within Canada opens, it will be imperative that we exercise extra caution, particularly with those who have travelled.
Public Health continues to recommend that the very best way to stay safe is with regular hand hygiene and physical distancing. We urge everyone to stay informed. For more information and updates, click on the following links:
Residents may come and go from our buildings as they please as long as they feel comfortable. We suggest they have a mask for their public outings and practice regular hand hygience as well as physical distancing.
We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone for having faith in us during the pandemic and for respecting the choices we have made to keep our residents and staff safe. It has been incredibly important for us to have the support and understanding of families and the community.
The Berkeley will continue to monitor the recommendations from the Public Health and local government agencies. We now have indoor visits by appointment.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message. We look forward to welcoming you back inside our buildings very soon!
The following are measures we are currently taking to protect our residents and employees:
- We are now allowing indoor visits by appointment (one person per resident)
- Family 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.