12th March, 2020
Dear Participants, Volunteers, and Friends of James Bay Community Project and Capital City volunteers,
As you are aware, our region will likely soon experience the impact of the worldwide spread of the coronavirus called COVID-19.
The James Bay Community Project (JBCP) serves people of all ages, including many seniors and people who are particularly vulnerable to this disease.
In an effort to mitigate the risk to everyone, the James Bay Community Project asks that you, as a participant or volunteer with JBCP/CCV, adhere to the following individual precautions:
• Refrain from attending any JBCP programs or services or from entering the JBCP building for any reason if you are experiencing symptoms that could indicate you are suffering from COVID-19, until you are asymptomatic
• Inform the staff who runs the program or service in which you participate if you have recently travelled anywhere where the illness is rife or if you may have been in contact with anyone who may have the illness, and if either of these are the case please stay away from JBCP for at least 14 days, which is the minimum self-isolation period as determined by health authorities.
For your information, JBCP will do the following:
• Review and rely on relevant information, recommendations and directions of the BC Provincial Health Officer (PHO), BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and Vancouver Island Health Authority
• Provide staff and volunteers with gloves, disinfectant wipes, masks and other equipment that will help protect them, as needed
• Increase disinfection of door handles, kitchen equipment and areas touched by large numbers of people (e.g. reception desk)
• Follow JBCP’s Infection Control Policy
• Post appropriate signage for employees, volunteers, participants, tenants and visitors regarding hand hygiene, proper cough/sneeze etiquette, etc.
• Ensure that employees and volunteers with pandemic-related symptoms do not come to work/volunteer
• Remind employees and volunteers to continue to self-monitor for pandemic-related symptoms
• Require participants who are exhibiting pandemic-related symptoms to leave JBCP programs and not return until they are asymptomatic
• Require employees, volunteers and participants who have travelled to seriously impacted areas or who may have been in contact with someone who has the illness to stay away from JBCP for the minimum self-isolation period as determined by health authorities
• Temporarily close programs that involve gatherings of people in groups when the above authorities advise that this precaution be taken
• Temporarily suspend visits by JBCP staff to participants’ homes when required by directions from the above authorities.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation at this challenging time.
547 Michigan Street Victoria BC V8V 1S5 ∙ Tel. 250-388-7844 ∙ Fax. 250-388-7856
Community Services & Family Resource Centre www.jbcp.bc.ca