Key Messages from the Vulcan Community Health Centre
How the Vulcan Community Health Centre is dealing with the Covid-19Virus
- One of the major concerns with Covid-19 virus is that it is spread by people who are already infected with this virus is that it takes anywhere from 2 to 7 days before they feel any symptoms. This is the reason it is so dangerous. An infected person can expose upwards of 30 people before they even know they are sick.
- The good news is that it is the type of virus that is easily killed with good hand washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub. It is easily killed on surfaces by cleaning or disinfecting often. It can’t live if it doesn’t have a host to live in. If everyone stayed home and didn’t provide a new host, the virus would soon die out.
- If you have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, please stay home and self isolate for 10 days or until your symptoms are gone, whichever is longer.
- DO NOT come to the Clinic or Emergency if you think that you might be infected by the Covid-19 virus. If you come to the hospital and have any of the syptoms of the Covid-19 Virus, you will be sent home again but not before you have exposed our Health Care Workers and others to your symptoms. Many viruses can cause these symptoms, so if it is not Covid -19, it is probably another unwelcome virus.
- If you have questions, please call Health Link at 811.
- Do come to hospital if you have difficulty breathing, or difficulty speaking due to Shortness of Breath.
- Expect to be stopped at the door and asked a number of questions before being allowed to enter the building. Always use the hand sanitizer on the wall in the hallway before goingfurther. If you say Yes to any of the screening questions you will be asked to put on a mask and go directly to the Reception Desk during the day or the Nurses Station during the evening and night.
- The hospital will be locked from 5 pm-8 am on weekdays and 5 pm to 8:45 am on weekends and statutory holidays. This is to ensure that we don’t have anybody near our residents or patients that hasn’t first been screened as safe to do so.
- Visiting during the Covid outbreak: As our LTC and Acute Care are co-located on one unit and the same staff look after both, we have applied the more restrictive visiting regulations that are directed to LTC facilities, in order to protect our residents, patients, and staff.
- Visiting is restricted to essential visitors only. This means unless you provide care that is essential to the well-being of the resident or patient you will not be allowed to visit. The one essential visitor will be designated by resident or patient
- The exception is if the resident or patient is actively dying. Immediate family will be allowed, 1-2 visitors only at a time
- Essential visitors will have to complete a health questionnaire each time they visit, and they must feel well.
- No Children and no pets are allowed at this time.
- If you are coming to Emergency, please only bring one support person with you if and only if you need them. Please do not bring children unless they are the patient.
- If you have a public health appointment for your child’s immunization, please leave your other children at home.
- As much as we enjoy your kind deliveries of goodies, we have been asked, at this time, not to accept any donations of food. It is one more way we can keep safe.
- Please stay home and practice social distancing if you must go out. We are all in this “New Normal” together. Let’s take care of each other.
- Thank you for all the care and compassion you have expressed to our front-line workers. It means a great deal to us!
ALBERTA HEALTHER SERVICES -- COVID-19 SELF-ASSESSMENT
- Use this self-assessment tool to help determine whether you need be tested for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself or on behalf of someone else, if they are not able.
- All travellers returning to Alberta from outside Canada in the last 14 days:
- ALL travellers who returned to Alberta from outside Canada in the last 14 days MUST self-isolate immediately for 14 days after the date of return and monitor for
If you have symptoms:
- Anyone who has symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion MUST self-isolate for 14 days.
- Please do not visit a hospital, physician’s office, lab or healthcare facility without consulting Health Link (811) first.
- If your symptoms worsen, call 811. We are experiencing heavy call volumes and will get to your call as quickly as we can.
- Call 911 if you are seriously ill and need immediate medical attention. Inform them that you may have COVID-19.
For people with NO travel history and if you have NO symptoms:
- To protect yourself and others while out in public, wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing by maintaining 2 metres/6 feet or 2 arms lengths between yourself and others.
- If you have questions about COVID-19 or novel coronavirus, please visit the following resources:
- ca/COVID19 – Learn about COVID-19 and actions being taken to protect the health of Albertans
- AHS COVID-19 Response – Information for Albertans and Health Professionals
- Frequently Asked Questions
KEEP HEALTHY BY PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING WHICH INCLUDES PHYSICAL DISTANCING!
March 5, 2020
DIRTT Wall systems are being installed
- Now that the installation of the DIRTT wall panels has begun, the interior of the building is really starting to take shape.
- The DIRTT wall panels are designed and manufactured in Calgary. When they arrive on site, they are installed in their designated location and then connected to power, networking cable, plumbing, etc.
March 19, 2020
- Construction of the new wing at our Health Centre resumed on March 19th.
- In order to comply with the provincial Covid-19 Virus regulations, the contractor had to completely seal the work area off from the rest of the hospital. In addition, all workers had to receive formal training to ensure they were aware of all the social and physical distancing regulations that are currently in place.
- Some of you have been asking about the soundproofing in between the examining rooms in the new clinic. Soundproofing material is incorporated into the prefabricated panels and the contractor has installed batts of soundproofing material in between the steel wall studs. We have been advised that the soundproofing will be better than what we currently have in the existing clinical space.
- Even as the wall panels are being installed, you can still see that a lot of natural light is entering the building.
- The exterior cladding feature is beginning to wrap around the big windows on the corner of the building. When it is safe to do so, check out the geometric design in the metal siding.