We are all in this together.

DDA takes pride in being an essential service and advocate for those with developmental disabilities in Vancouver and Richmond. Our support staff and management are doing double duty to ensure our clients are well supplied, well protected, and are maintaining social distancing as best as possible during the COVID-19 crisis. As an essential service we are following any and all provincial government protocols when it comes to cleanliness for all of our residential homes, daycare centres, and drop-in centres. We have also taken the step to have any office staff work from home if possible.

DDA is a champion of the LGBTQ2+ community. We are now a proud part of the Vancouver Police Department’s Safe Space Program.

A reminder that DDA no longer accepts clothing or household donations. Please connect with Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver or Value Village directly.


B.C. Weekly COVID-19 Stats from May 12th to May 19th:

  • The number of new cases in the past week – 1,645. The current total number of cases in B.C. is 369,202.

  • In the last week there were 59 new deaths in the province for a current total of 3,256.

  • 540 British Columbians remain hospitalized with 49 of those cases in ICU. 

  • Over 11.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine has been administered in B.C.

Second Omicron Wave Has Peaked: B.C. COVID-19 Modelling Group

Times Colonist – The sixth wave of COVID-19 that has spread through the province has peaked and started its decline, according to a member of the B.C. COVID-19 Modelling Group.

Sally Otto, a COVID-19 modelling expert, doesn’t use the description “sixth wave,” used throughout Canada to describe the current number of cases arising from the Omicron BA.2 sub-variant and instead refers to this period as a second Omicron wave.

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Over 40,000 Deaths Now Recorded in Canada

Global – At least 40,000 people across Canada have died after contracting COVID-19 since the pandemic began more than two years ago, according to provincial data, and more than 70 people are still dying per day.

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About 11 Per Cent of Admitted COVID Patients Return to Hospital or Die Within 30 Days: Study

CTV – A new study offers a closer look at possible factors that may lead to some hospitalized COVID-19 patients being readmitted within a month of discharge.

At roughly nine per cent, researchers say the readmission rate is similar to that seen for other ailments, but socio-economic factors and sex seem to play a bigger role in predicting which patients are most likely to suffer a downturn when sent home.

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Regular Travel and Public Health Measures Can’t Coexist: Canadian Airport Council

OTTAWA – International arrivals at Canadian airports are so backed up, people are being kept on planes for over an hour after they land because there isn’t physically enough space to hold the lineups of travellers, says the Canadian Airports Council.

The council blames COVID-19 protocols and has called on the federal government to do away with random tests and public health questions at customs to ease the serious delays passengers face when they arrive in Canada.

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B.C.’s Current Public Health Measures

Vancouver Sun

MASKS: Masks are not required in public indoor settings though individual businesses and event organizers can choose to require them.

Masks are also encouraged but not required on board public transit and B.C. Ferries, though they are still required in federally regulated travel spaces such as trains, airports and airplanes, and in health care settings.

GATHERINGS AND EVENTS: There are currently no restrictions on gatherings and events such as personal gatherings, weddings, funerals, worship services, exercise and fitness activities, and swimming pools.

There are also no restrictions or capacity limits on restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs; and no restrictions on sport activities.

CARE HOMES: There are no capacity restrictions on visitors to long-term care and seniors’ assisted living facilities, however, visitors must show proof of vaccination before visiting. Exemptions are available for children under the age of 12, those with a medical exemption, and visitors attending for compassionate visits related to end of life.

Visitors to seniors’ homes are also required to take a rapid antigen test before visiting the facility or be tested on arrival. Exemptions to testing are available for those attending for compassionate visits or end-of-life care.

Come Work With Us!

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DDA is an essential service. That means we keep the doors open to make sure our clients are as protected as possible from COVID-19 by following government guidelines very closely. We currently have vacancies for DDA Support Staff in many of our group homes and daycare centres. For a list of current opportunities go here. Apply today and make a difference in someone’s life.

*Due to COVID-19 and the need to practice social distancing, the interview process for DDA and prospective employees may be delayed. Thank you for your understanding.

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For questions, concerns, and advocacy connect with DDA today:

Call us: 604 273 9778

Email us: hello@develop.bc.ca

Posted by dda-editor in: Daily Updates