June 19 COVID-19 Update
This message includes

  • May 25 Public Health Order Clarification: Additional information for operators, Q&A, letters from Dr. Hinshaw
  • CSS Weekly Q&A
  • Alberta Disability Workers Association (ADWA) Letter-Writing Campaign
  • Invitation to Town Hall with Dr. Deena Hinshaw: June 23-24
  • Bill 24: continuing support for Albertans during COVID-19
  • Relaunch Resources
May 25 Public Health Order Clarification 
From May 27-29, Alberta Health held webinars to offer clarity regarding Public Health Order CMOH 23-2020 . They have now released the information from the slides used in the webinar , along with answers to the questions that were raised in the sessions.

Additionally, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health has shared a letter to clarify the isolation requirements that were outlined in CMOH Order 23-2020. A previous letter from Dr. Hinshaw to residents of continuing care facilities, which addresses continuing restrictions during the phased reopening of the province, has also been re-circulated.
CSS Weekly Q&A
Read CSS’ latest Q&A , released yesterday. Please continue to submit to us , or to your regional chairs, any questions you may have that CSS can address via their weekly Q&A as the relaunch progresses.

ADWA Letter-Writing Campaign
Alberta Disability Workers Association (ADWA) has launched a letter-writing campaign to advocate for wage raises for the disability support service workforce by a minimum of $2/hr. The campaign encourages disability service providers, disability support workers, and families of individuals in care to send letters with this wage increase request to provincial party leaders, as well as local MLAs.

The campaign seeks to immediately have workers' wages increased in response to COVID-19, as well as increased wages post-COVID and long term to recognize the trained, skilled and professional workforce.

Click the links below for more information on each letter request:

Town Hall Invitation
All supportive living and long-term care residents and families are invited to a Telephone Town Hall with Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health, to discuss the next steps for Alberta’s Visitor Policy. Participants can choose one of the following Town Hall times:

  • June 23, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. 
  • June 23, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • June 24, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Additional information can be found at the links below:

4.     CMOH 14-2020
Continuing Support for Albertans During COVID-19
Bill 24, the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act, proposes measures to support Albertans as the province continues to reopen. The bill proposes amendments to 15 acts across seven ministries. The amendments are being proposed now that the state of public health emergency has ended. Some highlights of the bill that may be relevant to service providers are:

  • Extending to August 2021 the unpaid job-protected leave specific to COVID-19, which allows employees to take leave to care for a child due to school or daycare closures or to care for an ill or self-isolating family member.

  • Extending the maximum time for temporary layoffs related to COVID-19 from 120 days to 180 days (this change would come into force upon first reading).

Relaunch Resources
Stage 2 of Alberta’s relaunch strategy began on June 12. Last week, we shared two documents to support community disability service providers with guidance and best practices on how to safely reopen services:

We encourage you to continue to share issues and challenges, so we can address these through updated resources and our advocacy efforts.
ACDS COVID-19 Contact Email
Service provider input and engagement is critical to helping ACDS advocate on behalf of the sector. Service providers can report their issues, concerns and questions to our dedicated email, and a member of the ACDS Leadership team will respond:
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