Coronavirus

Updates from your Wellness Centre team during this unusual time

Updates as of Friday, May 13, 2022

The most recent updates are at the top of the list.

  • Starting Saturday, May 14, the government will withdraw the requirement to wear a mask in indoor public places. Public health care settings, however, are subject to special measures to help protect the most vulnerable among us. Since we hold many of our activities at Saint Brigid’s Home or at the Wellness Centre in the Jeffery Hale Pavilion, both our staff and clients must continue to wear a mask while in those buildings, and follow other distancing and hygiene measures in place.
  • As for the other sites where we hold our activities, like QHS, EQLC, McGreevy Manor, we will follow any measures that may be in place there.
  • We will also keep masks available at all of our sites for anyone who prefers to wear a mask in public, and for anyone who develops symptoms at any given moment.
  • Please note that after May 14, health measures will also continue to require that you wear a mask on public transport, and if you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.
  • The flu is back among us again and the COVID-19 virus is still present. In most cases, you can treat yourself at home. In some situations, however, a doctor should be consulted.
    ➡️Guide to taking care of yourself if you have COVID-19.
    ➡️When to seek care and treatment for the flu.
  • 💉 For those who have not yet received a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, especially those 60 years and older, it is still available.  Also, a second booster dose is still available for those 60 years and older and those who are immunosuppressed. For all the details, visit the Booster Dose information page or book an appointment online 💻 portal3.clicsante.ca or by calling ☎ 418 644-4545 or 1 877 644-4545 (toll free).
  • You can report your results for rapid tests at home, be they positive or negative.  Help track the spread of COVID-19 in the population.  For statistical purposes only, will not affect your vaccination status.
  • You may find this step-by-step video guide on how to use home test helpful.  It’s in French, but it’s very visual so easy to follow regardless of language.

A special word about Saint Brigid’s Home

  • Measures differ at public long-term care centres like Saint Brigid’s as well as private residences, depending on whether there is an outbreak in the facility.  Read the latest measures on the Québec government website.
  • If you have questions, please call Saint Brigid’s Home at 418-684-5333, and dial 0.
  • Take a look at a photo gallery of all the great things going on for residents and staff of Saint Brigid’s Home and a special page for a COVID-19 Fund in support of Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s.

Health and social services (NOT related to COVID-19)

  • Even during the pandemic, if you or a family member has a health problem or a psychosocial problem, you can still consult a health or social services professional.
  • Since the Jeffery Hale emergency is closed, English-speaking clients who would normally have gone to the Jeff for medical care in their language are now invited to call 418-684-5333, ext. 11805, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Leave your name and phone number, and the liaison nurse from Jeffery Hale Community Services will call you back to assess your situation and refer you to a local clinic that can provide bilingual services if required. BEFORE calling this liaison service, please assure that you do NOT have access to your family doctor OR have flu-like symptoms. If you have flu-like symptoms, please call 811. For urgent care, call 911 or go to the emergency closest to you.
  • If you or someone you know needs help with grocery shopping or medication, or is very worried about what is happening, especially if you are over 70 and your family can’t help, please call Jeffery Hale Community Services at 418-684-5333, ext. 11805. If there is no answer, leave your name and number and someone will call you back as soon as possible.
    • Consult our guidelines for help with groceries as part of our COVID-19 Response Efforts.
  • Jeffery Hale Community Services:
    • Psychosocial support: Clients who wish to see a social worker or psychologist in person at the Wellness Centre in the Jeffery Hale Pavilion must first make an appointment.
    • Our Homecare Services for seniors are still running.
    • Perinatal Services are still running also by appointment only. This includes post-natal visits and the Baby & Toddler Vaccination Clinic.
    • To make an appointment with Jeffery Hale Community Services, please call 418-684-5333, ext. 11805. If there is no answer, leave your name and number and someone will call you back as soon as possible.
    • If you already have an appointment at Community Services, but have flu-like symptoms (cough or fever) or have just returned from a trip, please call 418-684-5333, ext. 11805, to learn the current protocols in place.
  • Staff are calling our clients to check on their well-being and basic needs.

Community information

  • To stay connected to the community, follow VEQ’s Facebook page, if you don’t already do so.
  • Check out the Central Quebec School Board’s web page on COVID-19 information.
  • To volunteer to help:
    • If you are in good health and speak English comfortably, the Wellness Centre welcomes you to register to our COVID-19 Response Efforts volunteer pool. If you already volunteer with us, please tell our Volunteer Coordinator that you would like to be added to this list. We will do our best to connect you with community members who need support.
    • Québec government guide for citizen initiatives on ways you can help and in a safe way.

Official government information

Thanks for continuing to do your part to protect yourself while also helping to protect others around you,

Richard Walling, Executive Director

Jeffery Hale Community Partners, Co-manager of the Wellness Centre

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