UPDATED June 29, 2021
To All SCI BC Members and Supporters:
Due to COVID-19, SCI BC is suspending all in-person services. This includes peer events and coffee groups throughout the province.
However, as BC progresses through its Restart Plan we are in the process of assessing our return to in-person programming and events. Our plans will follow the Provincial Health Authority guidelines, with the safety of our members as our top priority. We will share more information here, in our newsletter, and on social media as things develop.
In the meantime, we will continue to offer our online events and peer support. Our InfoLine service is available 9 am-5 pm, Monday to Friday at 1-800-689-2477. This service is free of charge and available to anyone living with a spinal cord injury or other disability, family, friends, health professionals and other service providers. We encourage you to reach out and connect with us. We greatly value your input and we would love to hear from you during this challenging time.
You can also refer to this page for answers to the most frequently asked questions about SCI and COVID-19. Please remember, if you are feeling unwell or suspect or know that you have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19 you should do your best to avoid contact with others and call HealthLink BC at 811 or your doctor. (Make sure you call your doctor’s office or clinic before going there to be diagnosed or treated.)
We look forward to seeing you in the not-so-distant future and please know that until then, we’re still here for you!
- Call toll-free at 1-800-689-2477
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To participate in an online SCI BC group or event:
- Public Health Agency of Canada: Government of Canada’s online site for COVID-19
- BC Centre for Disease Control: BC Centre for Disease Control site for COVID-19
- BC Centre for Disease Control’s guidance for people with chronic illnesses
- UK Spinal Injuries Association guidance on COVID-19
- Shepherd Centre guidance on COVID-19:
- Dr. Jeremy Roads’ advice on SCI and Pneumonia from The Spin Winter 2016 (includes information on respiratory health)
- SCI & COVID-19 FAQ blog
Here is some additional information about the virus, provided by Vancouver Coastal Health:
COVID-19 is transmitted by close contact with those who are symptomatic through droplets, similar to other respiratory diseases such as influenza. The symptoms of COVID-19, are similar to other common illnesses, including the flu and common cold. They include fever, cough, headache, shortness of breath, and diarrhea.
To stop the spread of the virus, practice proper hygiene etiquette during the cold and flu season. This includes proper hand-washing with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and staying home when you are sick. If you have health concerns, call HealthLink BC at 811 or your health care provider.
Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are frequently touched by multiple people (e.g., high touch surfaces such as doorknobs, faucet handles, computer keyboards, etc.) will help to prevent the transmission of viruses from person to person through contaminated hands. You may also consider increasing the number of hand wash stations (or alcohol-based sanitizer stations) around your space, as well as providing tissues and waste receptacles. These simple steps are effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.
On behalf of all us at SCI BC, stay healthy and stay tuned.