Community agencies serving our community’s most vulnerable continue to follow the guidance from Alberta Health to help prevent the spread of infection. The Government of Alberta’s Community & Social Services ministry, The City of Red Deer, Alberta Health Services, and community agencies including Safe Harbour Society, the Mustard Seed, Canadian Mental Health Association, Women’s Outreach, Youth HQ and Turning Point are working together to respond to vulnerable members of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our partners are committed to helping people in our community who may be experiencing homelessness and/or addiction and mental health challenges, to ensure they have the space and support available for physical distancing and self-isolation. Partners have mobilized to take a number of actions to protect and respond to our vulnerable populations, including:
- Safe Harbour’s shelter has moved into a larger space, which provides better opportunity for physical distancing among clients, as well as enhanced monitoring and assessment of clients to minimize spread of the virus.
- Mustard Seed plans to expand to support physical distancing for shelter guests.
- Designated rooms are reserved with local hotel partners and will serve as assisted self-isolation space for anyone with no fixed address and who has been identified as either symptomatic, exposed to the virus, or having tested positive for COVID-19. Those who must self-isolate in designated spaces will have access to social services and healthcare support.
- Community agencies are screening their clients to identify those required to self-isolate as appropriate if they are symptomatic.