COVID-19

All services and ministries at Southview are currently on hiatus.

In the midst of the myriad uncertainties and challenges we face as a global community because of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we at Southview want to update you on some of the actions we are taking as a church family to prevent and/or slow the spread of the virus. 

We do not want to be overcome by fear in all this, but we do want to serve and be an example of God’s love and care for our community.  In this way, putting aside ourselves, our comforts and familiarities, to help prevent the spread of the virus and the overload of our health services is an act of love and faithfulness. Thank you for doing your part in all of this.

Alberta Health Services | COVID 19 Guidelines
Last Updated: May 4

For the most recent updates and recommendations from Alberta Health Services, please visit their COVID-19 information page.

Testing is now available to ANY ALBERTAN who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases and asymptomatic workers and residents of outbreak sites.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include: Fever, Cough (new or worsening chronic cough), Shortness of breath/difficultly breathing (new or worsening), Runny nose, Stuffy nose, Sore throat, Painful swallowing, Headache, Chills, Muscle or joint aches, Feeling unwell in general, or new fatigue or severe exhaustion, Gastrointestinal symptoms, Loss of sense of smell or taste, and/or Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye). 

Do not call 811. Go to www.alberta.ca and do appropriate assessment for your situation. Testing location and time will be arranged through the AHS website.

Non-medical masks should only be used in addition to other protective steps, and include cloth or homemade masks. They are not proven to protect the person wearing it, but may help protect others. Go to www.alberta.ca to learn how to wear masks properly.  

Steps we must ALL take – to protect the health and safety of Albertans, new public health orders require mandatory self-isolation for returning international travellers and people with symptoms. Fines for violations can occur. 

Mandatory 14-day self-isolation for returning international travellers or close contacts of people with confirmed COVID-19. 

Mandatory 10-day self-isolation for people with symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat. 

Violation of mass gathering restrictions are now legally enforceable and subject to fines. 

Facilities under this order include all nursing homes, designated supportive living and long-term care facilities, seniors lodges and any facility in which residential addiction treatment services are offered under the Mental Health Services Protection Act.

Monitor Your Symptoms: 

If you have symptoms, like a dry cough, fever, fatigue or difficulty breathing: 

Stay home and self-isolate - do not go to an ER or clinic 

Call Health Link 811 if instructed 

Call 911 if in health distress

To Protect Yourself & Others:

Practice social distancing – see tips to the right

Stay home and away from others if sick or in isolation – NEW – If symptomatic with cold or flu-like symptoms, isolate for 10 days or until symptoms are gone, whichever is longest. 

Wash hands (all of your hands – back and front, between fingers, wrists) often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds 

Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow 

Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands 

Avoid travel outside Canada 

Self-isolate for 14 days if you:
 
1. Recently returned from travel outside of Canada 

2. Have a cough, fever, fatigue and/or difficulty breathing – NEW- isolate for required 14 days, then if you become ill, add another 10 days from the beginning of symptoms  

3. Are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 

4. Have been asked to self isolate by a health care professional for another reason 

Practice Social Distancing 

Social distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. It can help you reduce the risk of getting sick. 

This is not the same as self-isolation. You do not need to remain indoors, but you do need to avoid being in close contact with people. 

We are asking all Albertans to practice social distancing to help protect themselves and limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Keep at least 6 feet (the length of a bicycle) from others when going out for groceries, medical trips and other essential needs 

Limit the number of times you leave your home for errands 

Try to shop at less busy times 

Order online to have groceries or other items delivered if possible 

Go for a walk in your neighborhood or park while maintaining distance from others 

Avoid overcrowding in elevators or other enclosed spaces 

Follow Alberta’s recommendations on mass gatherings 

Wash or sanitize your hands after touching communal surfaces

Please Join us in Prayer ...

“Lord, you traveled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were healed.

We ask that you come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing & love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through your grace.

Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Bring your comfort and strength to the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.

Guide the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace. 

Give your wisdom and discernment to leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ, may your Kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven. Amen.”

(Prayer adapted and reprinted from America – The Jesuit Review  with permission of America Press, Inc., 2020. All rights reserved.)