Salvation Army in Prince George has announced it's undertaking extra precautions to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
“We are thankful that we have no reported cases in our facilities across B.C.,” spokesperson Major Neil Wilkinson says in a news release.
“We are obviously very concerned about the spread of the virus and the potential damage it can do, especially to the vulnerable individuals who we serve - that is why we are continuing our services, while taking every precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, parishioners and clients.”
The charity says it's following the precautions listed below:
- Taking extra measures to clean all surfaces and touch points thoroughly and frequently in all facilities
- Updated its Pandemic Plan
- Temporarily closing Thrift Stores in Prince George and Vanderhoof for shoppers – drop off only
- Adjusting services accordingly to reduce the risks, including suspending Church program gatherings
- Cancelled all non-essential visitation to seniors’ facilities
- Emergency Disaster Teams ready to respond, across the province
- Communicating with staff and clients on how to prevent and recognize COVID-19
- Working with government agencies, health authorities and community partners to ensure best practices
Salvation Army adds one of the most critical ways to help the vulnerable in the community is do provide cash donations to help sustain the Food Bank.
"As one of the largest providers of social services in the province, it is our responsibility to work with government and health authorities to ensure we do our part in containing the virus,” Wilkinson adds in the statement.
“As we navigate these challenging times, our decisions and actions will be guided by evidence-based information published by Northern Health, BC Centre for Disease Control, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.”
Regular updates will be posted on the charity's website.