Provincial Emergency Financial Assistance - https://www.alberta.ca/emergency-financial-assistance.aspx#toc-2
EI Sickness Benefits - https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness.html
Managing Financial Health in Challenging Times - Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
To learn more about Canada’s actions to help Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, refer to Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
The Government of Canada reminds everyone social distancing measures are a way to minimize COVID-19 transmission in the community. This means minimizing close contact with others during the peak of an outbreak. In addition to staying home when ill, we should plan for actions we can take if we need to reduce the spread of infection in places where we gather. Since respiratory viruses, such as the one that causes COVID-19, are spread through contact, change how you greet one another. Instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug, a friendly wave or elbow bump is less likely to expose you to respiratory viruses.
According to Alberta Health Services (AHS), the best defense against the transmission of COVID 19 is washing hands well, and often, in addition to practicing social distancing. Town of Penhold reminds residents if they are feeling unwell or have returned from international travel, please stay home for 14 days to help prevent the spread of this virus. If you think you have COVID 19 Virus, complete the AHS COVID 19 Self Assessment and call Health Link 811 for assistance. DO NOT GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM if you suspect you have contracted COVID 19.
As we all do our best adapting our lives to meet the COVID-19 Pandemic recommendations, mental health is as important as physical health. Please check our the resources below as well as the Community Services page for assistance during in these unsettled times.
- What to do if you're feeling anxious or worried about COVID-19
- Mental health and coping with COVID-19 from the Centres for Disease Control (CDC)
- Talking with children about COVID-19, also from the CDC
- Help in tough times from Alberta Health Services
- Text4Hope from Alberta Health Services
Make a Plan Your plan should also include what you will do if you become sick. If you are a caregiver of children or other dependents, you will want to have thought ahead to engage backup caregivers.
You should also think about what you will do if a member of your family becomes sick and needs care. Talk to your employer about working from home if you are needed to care for a family member at home.
If you, yourself, become ill, stay home until you are no longer showing symptoms. Employers should not require a sick leave note as that will put added pressure on limited health care services. Government of Canada Self Isolation Guidelines.
Your plan should include shopping for supplies that you should have on hand at all times. This will ensure you do not need to leave your home while you are sick or busy caring for an ill family member.
Your plan should build on the kits you have prepared for other potential emergencies. For more information on how to prepare yourself and your family in the event of an emergency, please visit GetPrepared.ca.
For more information on local community supports, please go to Community Services page.