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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.

If you are looking for someone to talk to about this, a National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available 24/7 to provide support to former residential school students and those affected. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling 1-866-925-4419.

NEW: Another Heat Warning for British Columbia

Province’s Daily Case Count Triples

CBC – B.C. health officials announced 243 new cases of COVID-19 but no additional deaths on Friday. 

It’s the highest number of new cases in a single day since June 5, with the province’s seven-day rolling average tripling within the last 12 days, from 44 to 131.

B.C. COVID Statistics as of Friday, July 30th: 

  • B.C. recorded 243 new cases over the last 24 hours for a running total of 149,889. The highest daily case count in two months.

  • 146,876 people have fully recovered.

  • There are 1,231 active cases in B.C.

  • There have been no new Covid-related deaths reported in the last 24 hours. B.C.’s current total of deceased is 1,771.

  • 47 British Columbians remain hospitalized with 16 of those cases in ICU.

  • There are currently 2 long-term care and acute care outbreaks.

  • 81.1% (3,758,385) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 64.9% (3,008,360) have received their second dose. In addition, 82.0% (3,548,137) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 67.5% (2,921,008) have received their second dose.

  • Since December 2020, the Province has administered 6,774,257 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

A good analogy of a vaccine: it’s like wearing a life vest on a boat ride. It doesn’t necessarily prevent you from falling overboard but it sure decreases the chance of downing!

Provincial Government Targeting the Interior as Cases Go Up

Due to the increasing numbers of new COVID cases in B.C.’s interior, the provincial government will be taking steps to mitigate the further spread of the illness.

Dr. Henry: “We are concerned in public health about the rapid increase in the Central Okanagan, particularly in the Kelowna area. 113 cases today, 240 in the last week. Cases mostly in young people, who have had less access to vaccines and are not yet fully immunized.”

The following measures are going into effect in Central Okanagan:

  • Masks mandatory in indoor public places

  • Encouraging masks outside if you can’t maintain social distance

  • Increasing enforcement of businesses, will order closed if necessary

  • Discouraging travel to and from Central Okanagan unless fully vaccinated

  • Recommending events be only outdoor not indoors

  • Any event should have a COVID safety plan including fairs, festivals, events

  • Bars, restaurants, nightclubs, gyms can remain open following safety protocols. This includes no socializing between tables and not exceeding table maximums

Province Launches Vaccination Campaign – Vaxxed to the Max

Canada Could Be Heading Into 4th Wave with Delta Variant 

CTV/OTTAWA — Canada is seeing an increase in new COVID-19 cases, and thousands more infections are predicted if contacts aren’t contained, warns new national modelling released Friday.

The new picture on Canada’s pandemic trajectory shows the serious threat the highly-contagious Delta variant is posing, and the risk those who remain unvaccinated pose to the country being thrust into a fourth wave of the disease.

“The updated longer-range forecast shows how the epidemic trajectory may evolve through early September. It suggests that we are at the start of the Delta-driven fourth wave, but that the trajectory will depend on ongoing increases in fully vaccinated coverage, and the timing, pace and extent of reopening,” Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said.

After weeks of sustained decline in new cases, the Public Health Agency of Canada is warning that if community-wide contact rates increase too quickly with ongoing reopening efforts, the long-term forecast indicates Canada could experience a “stronger resurgence” of the virus.

Step 3 is On!


Step 3: July 1st, 2021

  • Provincial state of emergency and public health emergency lifted

  • Returning to usual for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings

  • Masks indoors will no longer be mandatory but recognize and respect that not every business will instantly make the change

  • Masks will still be recommended in those spaces for people aged 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated

  • Increased capacity for indoor gatherings, 50 people max, and outdoor organized gatherings, with safety plans; up to 5,000 people

  • Nightclubs and casinos reopen with capacity limits and safety plans; no dancing

  • Dining, no group limit

  • Indoor fitness business as usual

  • New public health and workplace guidance around personal protective equipment, physical distancing and business protocols

Someone Sick at Home with COVID? Tips to Stay Safe from BCCDC

Common symptoms for COVID-19, which may take up to 14 days to express, include:

To limit contact with others, you should:

  • Stay home

  • Avoid those who have chronic conditions, compromised immune systems, and older adults

  • Avoid having visitors to your home

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing

If you have questions about COVID-19, please call:

  • COVID-19 Questions: 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319)

  • BC HealthLink: Dial 811

Work at DDA Today

DDA is an essential service. That means we keep the doors open to make sure our clients are as protected as possible 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