COVID-19: Provincial Update; Eastern and Western Health

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PROVINCIAL UPDATE There are 20 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 102 cases province-wide. One person has been hospitalized. 68 of the cases are directly or indirectly related to a service at Caul’s funeral home in St. John’s last week. Health-care facilities in the four health regions are down to one access point per building with security on …

COVID-19 UPDATE: Provincial Measures; Eastern and Western Health

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PROVINCIAL UPDATE There are 15 new cases of COVID-19 in the Eastern Health region, which brings the provincial total to 82. Ages range from 8 to 80, and all are recovering at home. There have been no hospitalizations to date. Testing is now being done in the province’s microbiology lab, rather than Winnipeg. The provincial legislature has resumed sitting to …

COVID-19 UPDATE: Provincial, Federal and Regional Measures

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PROVINCIAL UPDATE There are 32 new presumptive cases of COVID-19. One of these is in the Western Health region, making it the first in this area. The other 31 cases are in the Eastern Health region. This brings the total number of cases in the province to 67. New measures to prevent the spread of the virus include cancelling driver’s …

COVID-19: Workplace measures to prevent exposure to infectious viruses

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Workers in some sectors (for example, health care and transportation) have a greater likelihood of exposure to viruses and other disease-causing agents. Employers have a general duty to take every precaution reasonable to protect workers from hazards in their workplaces. Employers in these sectors should already have effective plans in place for regular day-to-day interactions. When new viruses are identified, employers …

COVID-19 UPDATE: Provincial Measures; Eastern and Western Health

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Up-to-date information on the coronavirus, including how to recognize symptoms and how to stop transmission is available at: cupe.ca/coronavirus. PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT UPDATE As of March 24, there are 35 presumptive and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador. The 11 new presumptive cases are all within the Eastern Health region. The Chief Medical Officer of Health has ordered closures …

Health Coalitions’ Joint Statement on COVID-19 and Public Health Care

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The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the extent to which our individual health is dependent on the health of everyone in our community. Public healthcare is our best defense against this crisis and others like it. However, our ability to endure crises and care for each other has been eroded through decades of austerity budgets, privatization and inadequate planning. Even during …

COVID-19: Updates from Government; Eastern and Western Health

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We know this is a very difficult time for public sector workers in all sectors — those on the front lines and behind the scenes, those who have been ordered to work from home, those working without child care, and those who are facing layoffs, not to mention the general anxiety as our world as we know it changes hour …

COVID-19 and Income Supports for Workers Q and A

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What is your situation?  I am an employee with COVID-19 and/or in isolation:  Your employer may have a short-term disability or sick leave program that you need to apply for before applying for EI Sickness Benefits. Check your collective agreement or contact your CUPE local. If you have worked more than 600 hours in the past year or since your …

COVID-19: EASTERN HEALTH UPDATE

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Important information from Eastern Health President and CEO, David Diamond Please know that the leadership group at Eastern Health is committed to supporting your safety and well-being. We continue to work closely with federal and provincial organizations on pandemic planning efforts, as well as Workplace, Health and Safety, Infection Prevention and Control and other teams, within the structure of the …

COVID-19 UPDATE: Precautionary Principle, Federal Income Support and Provincial Measures

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Precautionary Principle Knowledge about how COVID-19 is transmitted has yet to be fully understood. For this reason, CUPE is recommending that health care settings adopt the precautionary principle towards infection prevention and control of COVID-19. The precautionary principle means taking action to prevent infection from potentially serious viruses without having to wait for complete scientific proof that a course of …