COVID-19 Emergency

COVID-19 Emergency

Community response networks (CRNs) are responding to the COVID-19 emergency in the communities across the province!

The BC CRN recommends that CRNs follow the BC Ministry of Health’s recommendations when planning events and activities.

With so much conflicting information being circulated, here are the most reliable and current sources to stay informed:

During this time, CRN activities which can be done virtually are encouraged and will be supported by the use of virtual platforms, emails, and telephone calls.

All CRNs are being asked to consult with their affiliates and create appropriate ways to reach out to the vulnerable populations in their community.  This can include setting up telephone trees, chat boxes, and other electronic methods.  

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 (if the situation continues) will be marked by communities finding unique ways to help to break the isolation of vulnerable adults as well as other ways to provide safe communication for those in the community who are fearful or are being abused.  

There is so much we can do when we all work together.

Please contact us to share how your CRN is making a difference in your community!

The Isolation Pandemic – COVID 19 and the Social Determinants of Health:

Select the links below to view the speaker materials from The Isolation Pandemic – COVID 19 and the Social Determinants of Health:

News articles/publications on CRN Responses to the pandemic:

Castlegar: IRIS grocery & medication deliveries

Chilliwack: Chilliwack Community Cares program offers help during COVID-19 crisis

Courtenay/Comox/Campbell River: Local love in a global crisis: COVID-19 service updates

Cowichan: Local love in a global crisis: COVID-19 service updates

Hope: COVID-19 Support Tree

Nanaimo: Local love in a global crisis: COVID-19 service updates

Revelstoke: CRN coordinating help for most vulnerable

Tri-Cities: Tri-Cities seniors can help seniors weather the COVID-19 pandemic – carefully

Tri-Cities: We are all in this together

Saanich Peninsula: CRN hosts educational workshops and seminars focused on keeping seniors safe in their communities

Resources & information:

BC Centre for Disease Control – BC COVID-19 SPEAK Survey

BC First Nation faces COVID-19 outbreak; community leaders issues racism warnings

Behind the Mask – Indigenous Story Studio (YouTube video)

Better health care in our communities – Op-ed by MLA Carole James

COVID-19 Experiences & Advance Care Planning (ACP) among Older Canadians: Influence of Age Group, Gender, & Sexual Orientation

COVID-19 Economic Development Resources

COVID-19: That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

Elder Abuse & COVID-19 in Canada – Expect an Increase in all types of abuse by Gloria Gutman

First Nations Health Authority – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Loneliness & Isolation in LTC during the COVID Pandemic

Informed Consent and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Interventions/strategies to support social connection for people living in LTC homes in the context of COVID-19

Seniors Can! initiative of HelpAge Canada – Grants to help low-income seniors avoid isolation and loneliness

We Stand with Cowichan Tribes – YouTube January 2021

Frauds & scams to be aware of:

Beware scammers during COVID-19 outbreak, warns Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Coronavirus-themed domains 50% more likely to be malicious than other domains

Hackers are using these fake coronavirus maps to give people malware

How to spot phishing scams arising from COVID‑19

Phishing Attack Says You’re Exposed to Coronavirus, Spreads Malware

Seniors First BC – Frauds and scams resource list