REHABILITATION ADVICE LINE

Rehabilitation Advice Line

A new Rehabilitation Advice Line, 1-833-379-0563, is now available for Albertans over the age of 18, who:

*Have existing disabilities related to neurological conditions (e.g.: Parkinson’s, spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis, brain injury, stroke)
*Have existing health conditions that affect muscles, bones, and joints – including those awaiting or recovering from surgery
*Are recovering from COVID-19

Vulnerable Albertans living with disabilities in the community can have additional challenges accessing community supports during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our focus is on ensuring Albertans continue to get the care and support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rehabilitation Advice Line gives callers information about:

*Activities and exercises that help with physical concerns
*Strategies to manage the day-to-day activities affected by these concerns
*Rehabilitation services that are open for in-person and/or virtual visits
*Community-based organizations

The Alberta-only Rehabilitation Advice line will be answered by allied health clinicians and will operate every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Calls outside this time will be redirected to Health Link (811).

The Rehabilitation Advice line is a collaborative effort by Allied Health Professional Practice and Education, Allied Health Zone Operations, the Neurosciences, Rehabilitation & Vision Strategic Clinical Network (SCN), the Bone and Joint SCN, and Health Link.

Prevention of Family Violence

Prevention of family violence
It is important to know where to turn if you or someone you know is experiencing family violence – including elder abuse – during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • A 24-hour Family Violence Information Line is available at 310-1818 to get anonymous help in more than 170 languages.
  • Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence is available at 1‑866‑403‑8000, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Information sheets and other resources on family violence prevention are available at alberta.ca/COVID19.

GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESS – REOPENING

GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESS – REOPENING

The Provincial Government has started to lift some restrictions and are allowing for some businesses to reopen in the coming weeks.  The following site offers guidance on policies and procedures related to the protection of employees and customers and the ongoing effort to stop the spread of the virus.

This document outlines the criteria that should be addressed in individual, written workplace policies and procedures established to address the COVID-19 pandemic response. All workplaces are expected to develop and implement these policies and procedures prior to re-opening or continuing operations after May 1, 2020. Industries or business with specialized operations or aspects may be subject to additional guidance

https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-workplace-guidance-for-business-owners.pdf
If you have questions, please contact bizconnect@gov.ab.ca.

FIRE ADVISORY FOR BEISEKER AND ROCKY VIEW COUNTY

A Fire Advisory has been implemented due to a positive change in weather that has improved fire conditions to a moderate fire risk.
Effective Date: May 6, 2020
Time (24 Hours): 08:00
This fire advisory shall be in effect until such time as the Fire Chief’s Office deems appropriate to change for purposes of the Forest and Prairie Protection Act and the Rocky View County Fire Services Bylaw.

DESCRIPTION OF FIRE ADVISORY LEVEL
Fire Advisory (moderate fire risk)
The exemptions to this fire advisory are listed as follows:
 Internal household fire places
 Incinerators (for farm and acreage use)
 Burning barrels
 Camp stoves
 Propane/natural gas barbecues
 Solid Fuel Barbecues (charcoal briquettes, pellet)
 Propane/natural gas fire pit
 Liquid fuel barbecues (propane and natural gas)
 Recreational camp fires (approved burn pit 24” in diameter or less)
 Chimeneas
 Fires contained within approved facilities and appliances in designated camping and recreational
areas.
 Oil well flaring must register with central fire dispatch at 403‐264‐1022.

BE PREPARED FOR AN EMERGENCY

The Emergency Management Agency of Alberta is requesting that all citizens be prepared for any nature of hazard, especially during this season of flooding and fires.  Use these helpful links to be prepared:
o Build an emergency kit using these lists and information about what to include to sustain you and your family. https://www.alberta.ca/build-an-emergency-kit.aspx
o Make an emergency plan using the steps at this link to ensure you can care for yourself and your family during a disaster. https://www.alberta.ca/make-an-emergency-plan.aspx

COVID-19 Continue to Help Prevent the Spread

Please be reminded although there is lifting of some restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and guidelines regarding hand-washing, etc. are still important to help prevent the spread.  Please see alberta.ca/covid-19 for information.

Tests are now being offered to a wider range of people who may have been exposed to the virus:

Who is being tested

Alberta has expanded access to laboratory tests to better trace the spread of COVID-19.

Testing is now available to:

  • any person exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19
  • asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • asymptomatic workers and residents at outbreak sites

Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever*
  • Cough (new cough or worsening chronic cough)*
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (new or worsening)*
  • Runny nose*
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sore throat*
  • Painful swallowing
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Muscle or joint aches
  • Feeling unwell in general, or new fatigue or severe exhaustion
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite)
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye

If you have symptoms

*If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat, you are legally required to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer.

  • If you have any of the other symptoms, stay home and minimize your contact with others until your symptoms resolve.
  • Monitor your symptoms and call Health Link 811 if you have questions or concerns.
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19, including difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, feelings of confusion or loss of consciousness, call 911 immediately.