St. Andrews Wesley Health Page Information
March 20, 2020 – Information

Parish Nurse Message

Dear St. Andrews Wesley Family,

As your Parish Nurse and an active member of the church family, I am called to be a part of the ministry team and affirmed by a faith community to promote health, healing and wholeness while caring for the body, mind and spirit. I want to let you know I am here for you in this time of uncertainty. Along with the other members of the church staff, I am working from home. I am social isolating for my personal health, but most importantly for those who are the most vulnerable. The vulnerable population is not just the elderly, or better stated those of ‘classic vintage,’ but includes individuals with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease. These individuals are at higher risk of developing a severe illness or complications from COVID-19. At this time, it is important to remember that one person’s actions impact everyone they interact with. During this time please remember that your church family is here to support you. At times when I feel anxious, I look to the word of God for comfort.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

Reverend Diane Strickland of the Pacific Mountain Region of the United Church of Canada had a very valuable message for the United Church Community.

The moment when a crisis becomes “real” may be different for each one of us. During our current pandemic that might have happened in a grocery store aisle with empty shelves, or in a sudden realization that a loved one is out of the country, or when picking up a message telling you not to come to work. As time passes with no relief, anxiety builds and our fears increase… [and] everyone’s response to trauma is unique…There are many known and unknown factors that create our responses and as a crisis goes on, our responses may change on a dime. Be kind with yourself and be kind with others. (Rev. Diane Strickland, 2020).

The important thing to remember is that everyone is affected by fear differently and as a community we need to support one another. Furthermore, we need to ensure that we take time to care for ourselves.

I will work to continually update this page with current and relevant information. If you would like resources, tools or information added, or have any questions or concerns, please contact me at parishnurse@standrewswesley.com.

COVID-19 FACT SUMMARY

COVID-19 is a Respiratory Virus and is spread through contact. Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:

  • respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
  • close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands

Current evidence suggests person-to-person spread occurs when there is close contact. Prevention measures include:

  • Refrain from handshakes, kissing or hugging other, a friendly wave or elbow bump is best!
  • Social Distance by staying home or staying 3 meters or 6.6 feet between others if required to go outside the home.
  • Practice Frequent Hand Hygiene. A minimum 20 second of washing your hands with soap and water. 20 seconds is 2 Happy Birthday Songs, but if this is not your ‘jam’ you can visit http://washyourlyrics.com to turn your favorite songs into a handwashing tune. If using hand sanitizer, make sure you are covering both hands completely and letting the alcohol dry before resuming activity.
  • Cough or Sneeze into the crux of your elbow, or a tissue (but throw out immediately).
  • Avoid individuals in hospitals and long-term care centres, especially older adults and those with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Avoid having visitors to your home.
  • Have supplies delivered to your home instead of running errands
    • Supplies should be dropped off outside to ensure a 2-metre distance
  • Self Quarantine for 14 days if you have flu like symptoms (see BC Center for Disease control self assessment tool below), have arrived back in Canada after recently being outside the country, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
HOW CAN I MANAGE WHILE IN SELF QUARANTINE?

Here are some personal suggestions and things I am working on while in self quarantine.

  • Read the Bible 😊 (and other books on my bookshelf I have been meaning to read).
  • Watch all the really long movies you’ve avoided until now.
  • Download Duolingo, Mondly or a similar app, and teach yourself a foreign language.
  • Try on all your clothes and determine whether they “spark joy” á la Marie Kondo.
  • Use Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts or Marco Polo to video chat with your long-distance or local friends and family who are also in self isolation.
  • Find creative ways to exercise at home.
  • Take time to reflect: What have you accomplished in the last year? What goals are you setting for yourself in the next year?

What is on your to do list? Let me know if there is anything you are doing that you maybe would have not done if not in self isolation.

See Below for USA Todays 100 Activities to do during a Pandemic.

RESOURCES

As your Parish Nurse I know it may be frustrating to find reliable and accessible information. I have created a resource list around COVID-19 that you may find helpful in this time of uncertainty.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

During the COVID-19 health crisis, we are called to help support those in need.

The Greater Vancouver Foodbank (GVFB) is struggling to meet the needs of everyone requiring their support. They are advising donors to prioritize financial donations over food donations. “We can make donated dollars go much farther than donated food, because of our buying power,” the GVFB says on its website. The GVFB says one quarter of its clients are children and youth, while about 22 per cent are seniors.  Monetary donations can be made online (https://foodbank.bc.ca/blog/donations/donate-now/)

If you require support, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), the BC Government and Federal Government have allocated support and resources for individuals in need.

For Individuals within the Greater Vancouver Area that require supports can check out the VCH Food Asset Map: http://www.vch.ca/public-health/nutrition/food-asset-map

The BC Government is also providing financial, health, business, and social supports for British Columbians during the COVID-19 crisis. Please see https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support

Please check out this link to see how the Federal Government is supporting Canadians: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html

NOTE: Please also contact your schools, workplaces and financial institutions, as many are offering measures to help you during this time.