Dear Optima Living Residents, Employees, and Stakeholders,
The situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing and evolving and we are delighted to see easing of restrictions in BC and Alberta as more and more people get vaccinated. While variants of concern continue to circulate, vaccinations are also impacting statistics in positive ways. Our residences have very high vaccination rates, and most of our staff are also vaccinated.
Remember to balance this positive information with what you may be seeing on the news. Let’s keep in sight the ongoing efforts of our teams to keep residents safe. Please support their work by continuing to follow health protocols. Don’t forget to follow the links below to book your own vaccination if you have not already done so.
Take care and be safe. We are getting through this together!
The Government of Alberta announced a three-stage plan to lift health restrictions over the next few weeks. The stages are based on vaccination thresholds and hospitalizations:
- Stage 1 (to start June 1): Two weeks after 50 percent of Albertans aged 12- plus have received at least one dose of vaccine and COVID-19 hospitalizations are below 800 and declining.
- Stage 2 (expected to start in mid-June): Two weeks after 60 percent of Albertans aged 12-plus have received at least one dose of vaccine and COVID-19 hospitalizations are below 500 and declining.
- Stage 3 (expected to start in early July): Two weeks after 70 percent of Albertans aged 12-plus have received at least one dose of vaccine.
More information on this plan is available on the government website.
On May 10, the following changes came into effect. Changes are being made because of the uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations among residents and staff in continuing care sites.
- Each resident may have up to four different people acting as their designated family/support persons. This is an increase from two, and can include minors.
- Where possible, indoor social gatherings with visitors can now resume, as long as they are all from the same household and distancing, masking, and other health measures remain in place.
- Outdoor social visits at these facilities can expand to up to 10 people. This is double the current limit of five.
- Visitation for residents at the end-of-life will continue to be supported.
You can reserve your vaccine by visiting https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx or calling 811.
British Columbians are expected to learn more about the interval between first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines over the coming weeks from Dr. Bonnie Henry.
- Step 1 (Starting May 25): The criteria for Step 1 is at least 60% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with stable case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations.
- Step 2 (Earliest start date June 15): The criteria for moving to Step 2 is at least 65% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with declining case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations.
- Step 3 (Earliest start date July 1): The criteria for moving to Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations.
- Step 4 (Earliest start date September 7): The criteria for moving to Step 4 is more than 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and low COVID-19 hospitalizations.
You can register for your vaccine by visiting https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register or calling 1-833-838-2323.
Please click here for the latest details on BC restrictions.
Inter provincial and health region travel restrictions remain in place until the phases of the opening requirements are reached.
- Non-essential travel between travel regions continues to be restricted
Visitation is critically important for both residents and their families. We are committed to facilitating visits in accordance with provincial and local public health guidelines designed to keep residents and those who care for them safe. For information about visiting a specific site, please contact the Site Manager.
Stay Safe. Be Well. Take Care.
Farid Damji | Co-Founder & Principal