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Latest COVID-19 Update
Over the last two weeks, Chrysalis Leadership has taken a number of steps to help us prepare and determine what the best approach for Chrysalis is when it comes to easing restrictions. We have been closely monitoring infection and hospitalization rates in the province, have participated in a number of conversations with staff, partner agencies, and organizations, and distributed a survey to hear all of your perspectives. We want to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey.
Learn about how Chrysalis continues to provide quality supports and services with mobile, virtual, and in-facility offerings.
Last week, Chrysalis had to adapt to situational needs and temporarily reduce staffing as a result of implications that the COVID-19 pandemic has had in our community.
We are pleased to announce the resumption of services at Chrysalis. Over the past month, we have prepared for this time and aligned our phases of reopening with the Alberta Government plan.
The Government of Alberta announced new mandatory health measures to reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 provincewide with an update on an enhanced vaccine rollout plan. Please review the attached document for further information.
As infection rates continue to decline, our government has announced that almost all COVID-19 public health restrictions will be lifted in Alberta on Canada Day (July 1) as the province prepares to enter the final stage of its COVID-19 reopening plan.
Effective today, July 29th, quarantine will no longer be legally required for close contacts of confirmed cases, although still recommended. Isolation for positive cases and symptomatic people is still required.
We have had two positive COVID-19 cases to report since last month’s update, both being staff members from the Edmonton office. All close contacts have been notified.
On behalf of Chrysalis’ Senior Leadership Team (SLT) we are pleased to announce that Chrysalis will be observing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021 as a statutory holiday, therefore Chrysalis will be closed on this day.
The health and safety of our workforce and persons accessing service continues to be our top priority. In an effort to maintain a safe environment and to minimize risk and exposure, we will be reinstating the following safety measures at Chrysalis.
Starting on September 23, the following businesses, entities and events must require proof of vaccination, negative test result or a medical exemption letter.
Effective Monday, September 27, we are requiring all Chrysalis visitors (external vendors, contractors, DATS/Access drivers, family members, etc.) to show proof of vaccination, a recent negative COVID-19 test (within 72 hours), or a valid medical exemption letter before entering our facilities
Effective Monday, September 27, all Chrysalis visitors (external vendors, contractors, DATS/Access drivers, family members, etc.) are required to show proof of vaccination, a recent negative COVID-19 test (within 72 hours), or a valid medical exemption letter before entering our facilities.
We are happy to share that there are no new positive COVID-19 cases to report on at Chrysalis since last month’s update. All Chrysalis visitors are required to show either proof of vaccination, a recent negative COVID-19 test (within 72 hours), or a valid medical exemption letter before entering our facilities.
We are happy to share that there are no new positive COVID-19 cases at Chrysalis to report on during the month of November. The last positive case identified was for a person accessing service in Edmonton on October 25th, however, the last time the person was in the Chrysalis facility was October 15th.
We have seen a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in our province, with 1,925 new COVID cases and 877 of the Omicron variant of concern reported over a 3-day period. Chrysalis has had two confirmed COVID-19 cases reported over the weekend as well; one staff member in Calgary and one Person Accessing Service in Edmonton. All close contacts have been notified and were requested to stay home and get tested.
COVID-19 cases continue to climb in our province, with an estimated 4000 additional new cases reported in the last 24 hours. Our positivity rate is now at 30%, nearly a 10% increase from the previous day. Chrysalis has had an additional three cases since our last update, however, all three positive cases were not in any of the Chrysalis facilities (i.e. no close contacts identified).
We hope you are all staying healthy and safe. Over the last two weeks, we have had 12 new positive COVID-19 cases in total at Chrysalis; 5 in Calgary and 7 in Edmonton. Close contacts were all notified and tested for COVID-19. Any staff member or person in service displaying symptoms are asked to stay home and are encouraged to get tested.
Yesterday our government announced a 3 step plan for easing all public health measures. Step 1, which came into effect at midnight, involves the removal of the restrictions exemption program and removing capacity limits for smaller venues. Beginning Monday, February 14th, masking requirements for children under the age of 12 will also be lifted.
Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) at Chrysalis
The health and safety of our workforce and the individuals that we support is our top priority, with our HSE vision statement, “Be safe today for a better tomorrow.” Chrysalis employs an HSE Coordinator who oversees the program and committee. We are proud to foster an environment where all members of the Chrysalis team contribute to building a corporate culture that cares about the safety and wellbeing of our team and of others so everyone can go home safely, everyday.
We have implemented a Rewards Recognition Program which recognizes individual and group accomplishments of leading and championing an HSE culture at Chrysalis.
Chrysalis continues to follow all public health orders and has implemented a number of additional safety practices, including but not limited to:
- Use of personal protective equipment
- Comprehensive health screening and environmental cleaning
- Mandatory masks
- Development of small cohorts to minimize risk and transmission
- Implementation of an HSE program