The Ponoka Youth Centre issued the following statement just after 2 p.m. on March 12:
Dear Ponoka Youth Centre Families and Volunteers,
We have been paying close attention to the global outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19. Although the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk as low for Canada, we are taking precautions at our Club.
Our staff have been given the most up-to-date information from the Public Health Agency of Canada and Alberta Health Services (https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx )and we are following the recommended cleaning and disinfecting processes.
We are asking all parents to watch for signs of illness in their child and, if sick, to keep their child at home as well as any staff and volunteers. Attached to this email is an official pamphlet from the government of Canada with information about coronavirus COVID-19. It includes advice to help reduce the risk of infection or spread the infection to others. If your child attends a program and is found to be ill or exhibiting any of the symptoms listed in the pamphlet, they will be removed to a separate room and you will be called to pick them up immediately.
We also request that if your child is tested and found to have the COVID-19 virus, and has attended our programs in the last 14 days, that you let our agency know as soon as you can.
As always, the safety of the children and youth that attend our Club is our first priority. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.
We have also found some kid and parent-friendly resources:
• A drawn-comic explanation of coronavirus for kids https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus (from NPR)
• Advice to parents on coronavirus https://parenting.nytimes.com/childrens-health/coronavirus-children-pregnant-women (from New York Times)
We thank you for your diligence and cooperation during this time.
Ponoka Youth Centre/Boys and Girls Clubs of Wolf Creek