Coronavirus, Flu, GI Updates and Emergency Alerts
Your communication channel for information about Coronavirus (COVID-19), Flu (respiratory) and Gastrointestinal outbreaks (vomiting and diarrhea) or in case of emergency (power outage, earthquake, fire, etc.).
For real-time updates, come to this web page or Follow @MennoPlaceAlert on Twitter.
Additional Information – Coronavirus
We recommend the following links for current, accurate updates on the extent of the COVID-19 situation in the province:
www.bccdc.ca – BC Center for Disease Control
www.news.gov.bc.ca – BC Ministry of Health Updates
https://www.fraserhealth.ca/coronavirus#.XmgX8qipGUn – Fraser Health Authority Coronavirus Information
Resources on Flu
Visiting at Menno Place
Menno Place is taking all precautions to protect the safety of our residents and staff. If you have travelled abroad in the past two weeks, do not visit Menno Place.
Fraser Health Coronovirus webpage: https://www.fraserhealth.ca/coronavirus
Coronavirus Information Video: Dr. Peter Lin, Toronto
Your role in protection and prevention of outbreaks, including Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay in your own home when you are sick
- Cover yoru cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
Flu Vaccination or Mask During Flu Season
All visitors and staff who are in resident areas (in Home, Hospital or Terrace) must wear a mask or have the flu vaacination.
What if I have not received the flu vaccine? Can I visit a resident at Menno Place?
If you are visiting Menno Home, Menno Hospital or Terrace East, you must either receive a flu vaacination or wear a mask in resident areas during flu season. Masks are provided at every entrance to these areas.
When is the “flu season”?
Flu season usually runs from December to the end of March.
Influenza – or the flu – can be a serious contagious disease, which is spread by droplet transmission through close contact with an infected person. Infected individuals are highly contagious and can transmit the virus for 24 hours before they show any symptoms.
Each year, there are approximately 3,500 deaths from influenza and its complications across Canada. Influenza causes by far the most deaths among vaccine-preventable diseases, outpacing all others combined.
Hospitalized patients and seniors in residential care are more vulnerable to influenza than healthy adults. The vaccine is also less effective in the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, making it even more important that their caregivers and visitors are vaccinated.