EFFECTIVE AS OF 5:00 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 15, Community Living Hamilton will be suspending all non-essential client programs and services in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Closures will be in effect until further notice.
UPDATE: For the safety and protection of our clients and staff, we are no longer allowing visitors to our Group Living residences. All persons entering, including staff starting their shifts, are being screened for COVID-19.
UPDATE: At this time, no CLH Employees or Clients have tested positive for or are suspected of having COVID-19.
We continue to monitor the situation and will be posting updates to this page as new information becomes available. All employees, students and volunteers are asked to check internal communication for more details.
The following Programs and Sites will be closed for the safety of our clients and staff:
- Community Participation Day Programs – including: East 34th, Eastmount, Hester, Leeming, Huntington, Lawfield, Leeming, Rosedale, Winona and York
- Special Needs Resourcing
- Respite Programs (both Children’s and Adult) – including: Charlton, Leeming and Templemead
- Drop ‘n’ Shop Thrift Shop
- Employment Access
- Drum Corps
All Fee-for-Service programs are also being cancelled (refunds for fees paid will be issued to clients/families), including:
- In The Know
- On The Go
The following essential services will remain operational, with strict precautionary measures taken to safeguard the safety of our clients and employees:
- Group Living Residences – including: Appleford, Cartier, Delancey, Kensington, Kentley, Mohawk, Mountain and Queenston.
- Supported Independent Living (working remotely)
- Personal Support Service Workers
Our Administrative Offices at 191 York will also remain open for the time being (not be open to the public).
Many of our clients are part of vulnerable populations that are at increased risk of more severe outcomes, related to transmission of COVID-19 including those:
- aged 65 and over;
- with compromised immune systems; and/or
- with underlying medical conditions
As a result we have signage posted at all locations notifying people not to enter if they have traveled internationally in the last 14 days, or are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus disease COVID-19 (fever, cough or difficulty breathing), or have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19.
All employees who have traveled internationally in the last 14 days have been instructed to stay home and monitor themselves for symptoms. Employees who have traveled will not be permitted to return to work until they have been symptom-free for 14 days following their return to the country.