COVID-19 news and updates

To help Island families navigate through these difficult and uncertain times, we have compiled a list of tips and resources from trusted sources to help you stay informed.

The Foundation continues to rely on the expertise of our local, provincial, and federal health authorities for updates on COVID-19. Please note that we will continue to monitor and update this list as new information becomes available.

Information on COVID-19  is changing every day. Stay up-to-date on the latest news by checking this page or by signing up to receive our emails!

COVID-19 and your mental health

Mental health resources

Check out these Island-based resources to help support your families’ mental health during this time of uncertainty.

  • Our community partner, Foundry BC, is a leader in British Columbia with mental health support tools
  • Island Health offers services for mental health and substance-related resources
  • Our new blog series, Ask the Expert provides insight from experts in child health. Dr. Jillian Roberts, founder of Family Sparks provides many tips and tricks for managing your mental health amidst the outbreak
  • Wellness Together Canada is providing many free online tools for both immediate support and strategies to get through this outbreak together
  • Government of British Columbia is offering Virtual Mental Health support for all
COVID-19 Volunteer

Get involved

If you are seeking ways to get involved in supporting the COVID-19 response, refer to the links below for ways you can help.

COVID-19 prevention

COVID-19 resources

Following the protocols listed above is a step in the right direction when it comes to reducing the spread of COVID-19. Here are a few additional resources to help keep your families safe.

COVID-19 related stories and news

Read more about our COVID-19 updates. Be sure to follow our ‘Ask the Expert’ blog series to learn healthy tips and gain expert advice on best practices related to COVID-19.

Dominic Rockall - Nanaimo Child Development Centre
  |   CEO blog / COVID-19

Ask the expert: How the Nanaimo Child Development Centre is supporting children with complex needs during COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Children’s Health Foundation is committed to supporting Island families. This post is part of...
Lets Talk CP - Ask the Expert
  |   CEO blog / COVID-19

Ask the expert: Elizabeth Specht on how families with children with cerebral palsy are adapting to COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Children’s Health Foundation is committed to supporting Island families. This post is part of...
Need2 Suicide Prevention - Ask the Expert May 2020
  |   CEO blog / COVID-19

Ask the expert: How Need2 Suicide Prevention, Education & Support is providing hope to Island youth

This post is part of a blog series in which our CEO Veronica Carroll interviews experts across Vancouver Island and the surroun...

Our response

 

 

Veronica Carroll - Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

During these unprecedented times, we are committed to staying strong together to keep our Island families safe. Read on to learn how the Foundation is responding to this global pandemic. 

Learn more about how our team at Jeneece Place is committed to keeping Island families safe during these challenging times. 

We are participating in #GivingTuesdayNow – a new global day of giving and unity taking place on May 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Find out more!

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Physical distancing

Do your part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by following these social distancing protocols to help flatten the curve:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Keep at least two metres apart from others when outside the home
  • Cancel gatherings of more than 50 people
  • Stay at home and away from others if you feel ill
  • Self-isolate for 14 days if you have been traveling or have been exposed to the virus

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