Langley Division of Family Practice

COVID-19 Updates

September 9, 2021

 

Starting September 13, you need proof of vaccination to access some events, services and businesses. The easiest way to show proof is using the BC Vaccine Card. Get your card today. 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html

 

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We are in Step 3

The criteria for Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations. In Step 3, all sectors will transition to using communicable disease prevention guidance from WorkSafeBC.

Mask guidance

Masks are recommended in indoor public places for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. The mask mandate order under the Emergency Program Act was lifted July 1.

  • You're fully vaccinated 14 days after dose 2
  • Masks are optional for children aged 2 to 12
  • Children under 2 should not wear masks
  • Proof of vaccination does not need to be requested by service providers
  • Some people may choose to continue to wear a mask after they're fully vaccinated and that's okay

PHO guidance

Activities

New things you can do

Personal gatherings
  • Return to normal for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings
  • Sleepovers
Organized gatherings
Travel
Businesses

Restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs

Casinos


Businesses will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a communicable disease plan. Some safety measures will remain, like physical barriers. 

Offices and workplaces
  • Continued return to the workplace
  • Seminars and bigger meetings allowed

Workplaces will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a communicable disease plan.

Additional safety precautions required in higher risk workplaces. 

Sports and exercise

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. 

The earliest date we move to Step 4 is September 7.

PHO guidance

  • Masks in public indoor settings a personal choice
  • Normal social contact
  • If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately

Activities

New things you can do

Personal gatherings
  • Return to normal personal gatherings and social contact
Organized gatherings
  • Increased capacity at large organized gatherings, like a concert
Travel
  • Canada-wide recreational travel
Businesses
  • To operate, businesses will continue to follow communicable disease prevention guidance
Offices and workplaces
  • Workplaces fully reopened
Sports and exercise
  • Return to normal sport competitions when following communicable disease prevention guidance
  • Increased outdoor and indoor spectators

 


 

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B.C.’s doctors are now available to provide care to patients using telephone or video during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to providing in-person care when necessary.

We urge patients to call their doctor first when they need medical care. Doctors will let their patients know if an in-person visit is needed, and their staff will follow up to make arrangements. 

Things patients should know to get started:

  • Doctors are not seeing people in-person as much as usual, but they are still booking appointments, even though they will be different than what patients are used to.
  • Patients should call their doctor’s office just as they normally would. Medical office staff will book the appointment and tell you how to prepare for the telephone call or video conference. Some doctors’ offices have online booking systems, as well.
  • Patients should not arrive at their doctor’s office without phoning first.
  • The virtual appointment is covered by MSP like any visit with the doctor. There is no additional cost for the service.

         Patient Guide to Virtual Care


Public and Community Resources:

Public can now call 1-888-COVID19 or text 604-630-0300 for non-medical information on the virus covering everything from travel recommendations to social distancing.

The line will be manned by service representatives from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, and information will be provided in more than 110 languages.

Self-Assessment Survey - Should You Be Tested? 

https://covid19.thrive.health/

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should call their primary care provider, local public health office, or 
call 8-1-1

Online Resources:

Fraser Health Website (Includes FAQs, General Information, Prevention...) 

BC Centre for Disease Control (Includes About COVID, Testing & Prevention, Press Statements...) 

COVID Provincial Support and Updates ( Provincial Updates, Testing & Prevention, Employee FAQs...)

A COVID-19 glossary: What the terms mean and some subtle differences

 


Mental Health and Substance Use Resources:

Click HERE for a list of free/low cost mental health supports 

Coping with COVID-19 - Bounceback: COVID Mental Health Supports

Alcoholics Anonymous - is still conducting meetings and are available to help anyone struggling

to stay sober and would be happy to help any family members who are struggling with

a loved one’s drinking as well. Langley Intergroup Office: 604-533-2600.

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Senior's Resources 

Langley Senior Resources Society - Meal Pick-Up Program

Langley Meals on Wheels - Meal Delivery Program

Langley Seniors In Action has a list of local resources with senior specific hours of operation click here.   

BC211 - call 2-1-1 or visit their website for Safe Seniors Strong Community program and COVID resources 

 


 

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Self-Management BC's one-on-one telephone-based Health Coach Programs is available to support people living with chronic health conditions.

For many people, coping with chronic health conditions can be extremely trying. Fatigue, pain, breathing difficulties, sleeping problems, loss of energy, activity limitation, depression and anxiety about the future are common. Individuals may benefit from having the additional support, in the form of a Health Coach, to face the daily challenges of living with chronic conditions and set themselves a health goal to achieve. 

Health Coaches connect with participants by telephone once a week for 30 minutes for a period of three months.  Through this contact, Health Coaches can support participants who would like to:

•             Choose goals and actions they want to take to better manage their health

•             Identify and problem-solve barriers to being healthier

•             Become more self-confident

•             Be motivated to initiate and maintain health-behaviour changes.

 

Health Coaches provide a dimension of support that complements and enhances professional health care; they do not provide medical or clinical advice or treatment.

Interested?  email selfmgmt@uvic.ca or visit: https://www.selfmanagementbc.ca/healthcoachprogram 


 

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