COVID-19 PROTOCOL

Updated March 19, 2020

With the concerns about the COVID-19 virus Kerr Street Mission and in consideration of the recommendations and directions of Public Health Experts, Kerr Street Mission has made the difficult decision to change the way we operate.

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, and until further notice, ALL regularly scheduled programs are cancelled.

The Community Meals on Monday night, Tuesday morning, Thursday evening, Friday morning and Saturday morning are cancelled. Meals will be available for those in the greatest need. They will be distributed strictly on a “to go” basis.

In addition Tax Preparation (files in progress will be completed and can be picked up), Pre-Natal Nutrition, Kids N Me, After School Care, Youth Drop-in, Upward Sports Basketball, AA, Mentoring Moms, etc. are cancelled.

The Market will shift to a “Pre-packed” model for both Non-Perishables and Choose Fresh. While we think it is important to give our clients the opportunity to make choices for themselves, we cannot continue at this time. Instead, our volunteers will pack bags containing a variety of needed items with quantities based on the size of the families.

Food Distribution will take place in the KSM gym to allow for ‘social distancing’ and to minimize risks to all. The prepared bags of food will be ready to go for all clients as they arrive. Prepared meals will be distributed to individuals that are homeless, that are lacking cooking facilities or that are concerned in need.

Food Distribution Schedule

  • MONDAY: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • TUESDAY: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • WEDNESDAY: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • THURSDAY: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • FRIDAY: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • SATURDAY: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • SUNDAY: CLOSED

Please Note: The Neighbour Care Network service is available for those that are in crisis/distress.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, staff, volunteer and clients will be screened regarding their symptoms and exposure.

Clients who are experiencing symptoms or are at risk should contact Kerr Street Mission at 905-845-7485 admin@kerrstreet.com and we will try our best to get our food bags to you.

We will continue to monitor the recommendations and direction of our Public Health Authorities and we will revisit these decision and will make changes as required to meet to keep our community safe and to meet the needs of our clients, as best we can.

For Our KSM Community

At KSM our priority is the health and safety of our volunteers, staff and clients. As recommended by Health Canada and the World Health Organization (WHO), we have implemented guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus, with a focus on proper hygiene, hand sanitizing and hand washing. In addition, we are taking precautionary measures as it relates to volunteer activities at KSM, as outlined below.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, please DO NOT COME to KSM if you are experiencing any of the symptoms below:

  • Feeling tired / malaise
  • Difficulty breathing / shortness of breath
  • Cough and/or sore throat
  • A high temperature / fever

These symptoms are like other respiratory diseases, including flu and the common cold. The incubation period during which a person has the disease but is not exhibiting symptoms can be between one day and two weeks. It’s possible that the virus can be passed on to others during the incubation period before the person carrying starts to exhibit symptoms.

Please DO NOT COME to KSM if you have travelled outside of Canada or been exposed to a case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

If you develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days of travel, please call your health care provider or local public health authority, tell them of your symptoms and where you were travelling. They will provide advice on what you should do. To protect those around you, wash your hands often and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

Risk of Transmission

As of today, the risk of community transmission in the Halton Region remains very low. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely with local, provincial and federal officials and will continue to check public health advisories.

As this situation evolves, we will notify you of any and all program changes.

COVID-19 Guidelines

How to avoid getting the Novel Coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Symptoms of COVID-19

Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.

Symptoms have included:

  • Feeling tired / malaise
  • Difficulty breathing / shortness of breath
  • Cough and/or sore throat
  • A high temperature / fever
  • Pneumonia in both lungs

Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known infectious period for this disease. It is currently being investigated if the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms. While experts believe that it is possible, it is considered to be rare.

If you have travelled outside of Canada and you develop fever, cough or difficulty breathing in the next 14 days:

  • isolate yourself within the home as quickly as possible and
  • call your health care provider or public health authority

We recognize that this situation is evolving and dynamic in nature; therefore, the above directives may change over time. We endeavour to keep you updated as this situation progresses.