The following is another update regarding the COVID-19 virus.
The World Health Organization has now classified COVID-19 as a pandemic. This assessment by the WHO is not unexpected. Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change the WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by COVID-19 and it does not change what the WHO is doing.
It also does not change what countries around the world should do. For that reason, it does not change the approach we are taking in Canada. Canada still remains low risk.
Most of the cases are the result of travellers returning from areas that have been identified as a higher risk for contact and infection by COVID-19 or they are close family members of these travellers that live at the same home address.
Regal Security Inc. is monitoring the situation as it unfolds and is committed to maintaining a safe working environment for all our employees. Currently, we are asking our staff to:
- Maintain a clean workspace; We will update you soon on additional workspace cleaning instructions.
- Exercise vigorous and more frequent hand washing with hot and soapy water for 20 seconds and also avoid touching your face with your hands as much as possible.
- Be mindful of physical contact with persons (handshakes and etc) and exercise more caution when touching commonly touched places such as door handles.
Please contact your Regal Client Relations Manager (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) and Human Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately if you encounter any of the following:
If you know or suspect that you may have come in contact with the virus and potentially may be infected
- Known person(s) at your job site to have or likely to have the COVID-19.
- Your site’s management team posts or informs you of any COVID-19 prevention action plans they have planned or put into place.
- Residents or tenants might ask the Regal team about training, new practices, cleaning routines and etc due to COVID – 19, please advise them to speak to the Property Manager for the building. This is to ensure the correct information is being released to the residents or tenants.
If you are visiting any medium to extreme high-risk countries as outlined in the public health Canada website below, you must notify Regal security immediately. You may be advised to do a 14-day quarantine and can only return to work once we have received a doctor’s note.
If the media approaches any Regal employee due to a confirmed case(s) of COVID-19 or any other incident, you must advise the media that you cannot comment on any matter and advise the Property Manager as soon as possible. If there is a confirmed case(s) of COVID-19 at your worksite, please keep this information confidential and report it to your supervisor.
For your recollection, here is the standard information Regal provided on how a coronavirus works
What is a coronavirus?
A coronavirus is a kind of common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Most coronaviruses are not dangerous.
How does coronavirus spread?
Most coronaviruses spread the same way other cold-causing viruses do: through infected people coughing and sneezing, by touching an infected person’s hands or face, or by touching things such as door knobs that infected people have touched.
What are the symptoms of a coronavirus?
The symptoms of most coronaviruses are similar to any other upper respiratory infection, runny nose, coughing, sore throat, sometimes a fever. In most cases, you won’t know whether you have a coronavirus or a different cold-causing virus/infection.
How do you get tested for coronavirus?
In order to properly diagnose the coronavirus, you need to provide samples for lab testing
How does coronavirus become so serious and deadly?
If a coronavirus infection spreads to the lower respiratory tract (your windpipe and your lungs), it can cause pneumonia, which can increase the possibility of respiratory failure. These effects can be seen more in older people, people with heart disease, or people with weakened immune systems.
What is the treatment for a coronavirus?
In most cases a coronavirus infection is treated the same way you treat a head cold:
- Get plenty of rest.
- Drink fluids.
- Take over-the-counter medicine for a sore throat and fever. It is recommended to not give aspirin to children or teens younger than 19 and use ibuprofen or acetaminophen based medicine instead
If your symptoms increase in severity please seek medical attention
How can I prevent myself from being infected by a coronavirus?
Like any other virus (influenza, colds) following a healthy hygiene routine help prevent the spread and limits your exposure.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer on a regular basis.
- Keep your hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cough/sneeze into your sleeve or towel.
- Avoid physical contact with people who appear infected (handshakes, etc).
- Avoid travel to areas that are known to have many cases of a viral outbreak.
If you feel ill and require medical advice, contact Telehealth Ontario 1.866.797.0000; If you require immediate medical care call 911 and request an ambulance.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has currently assessed the public health risk associated
with COVID-19 as low for Canada.
The public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available. Please see link below:
Regal will continue to monitor and provide any updates for the situation. If you have any questions please contact me at email@example.com