Covid-19 Update – July 12

Date posted July 13, 2021

July 11th, marked the first day that the provincial state of emergency and corresponding Public Health orders were lifted and many of the restrictions rescinded in our province.

For some, this is a time to rejoice as they welcome a return to what life was like “pre-pandemic”. For others, it is a time of uncertainty and they are fearful about what could happen. For most…it is a time for cautious optimism…a time to begin to stretch past the constraints, while maintaining many of the practices and protocols that kept self and others as safe as possible.

At Autism Services our approach will continue to be guided by the approach and advice of our key funders – the SHA and CLSD. We work with vulnerable people and with children, many of whom are unable to be vaccinated; and/or to understand the importance of PPE, physical distancing, hand hygiene, etc. Therefore, for at least the next couple of months, we will continue with many of our current protocols related to pandemic safety.

At Autism Services – as of July 12 – until further notice

 Access to Service Center:

  • Will remain limited – front doors will continue to be locked. ABA will continue to enter via the ABA door and the waiting room will continue to be utilized for ABA staff. Each department will continue scheduling for when staff will be at the service center, so as to ensure we don’t have too many people at any given time. Direct client-facing service will be a priority
  • Screening – pre-work questionnaire, temperature checks, sign-ins will continue. Anyone experiencing symptoms known to be associated with COVID-19 (or variants) are not to enter the service center
  • Masking and/or face shields will continue to be required (and provided – *we use medical grade masks) for all staff when providing service and/or moving about within the service center.
  • Individuals and families attending to receive service must do the screening upon entering the building and should be encouraged to wear a mask; however, service will not to be denied if they are unable to comply with masking. In such cases, staff must be even more diligent with the protocols.

Adult Support Programs (group homes and day program) will maintain many of the protocols they have been following over the past 15+ months, with some minor modifications – ex. during outdoor activities, if physical distance can be maintained, it may not be necessary to wear a mask at all times (specific circumstances and individuals being supported will factor into this decision). Visitor restrictions at the homes are opening up somewhat, as are in-community outings. Information will be shared with staff, participants and families about this.

Family Programs – will maintain many of the protocols they have been following over the past 12+ months, with some minor modifications – ex. during outdoor activities, if physical distance can be maintained, it would not be necessary to wear a mask at all times. Information will be shared with staff, participants and families about this.

A note on vaccination for COVID-19:

While strongly encouraging vaccination to all staff, Autism Services will not be implementing a mandatory vaccination policy.

Please click here for Government of Saskatchewan Covid-19 information and updates.

If you have any questions or comments about anything in this memo, please feel free to contact our Executive Director, Lynn Latta, at lynn.latta@autismservices.ca.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer!