How Red Cross is responding to COVID-19 in Saskatchewan

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In the context of COVID-19, the Canadian Red Cross is adapting its practices to continue responding to emergencies and to support the various levels of government as part of their response to the pandemic. 
 
At the request of the Government of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Red Cross is augmenting support to those most vulnerable who need to self-isolate but do not have the means to do so.

Building off a long history working alongside Indigenous communities, the Red Cross is providing support to First Nations communities in Saskatchewan to prepare for and respond to COVID-19.
 
To ensure the health and safety of Red Cross personnel, and in compliance with public health guidelines, services have been adapted and are being provided remotely.

Here’s how the Red Cross is supporting people during this challenging time:

Providing support to those in self-isolation

At the request of the Government of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Red Cross is augmenting support to those most vulnerable who need to self-isolate but do not have the means to do so.

The Red Cross has identified accommodations which can be used to house people who need to self-isolate for 14 days as referred by the Ministry of Social Services. Red Cross volunteers are providing registration services and conducting daily wellness checks, as well as supporting the provision of basic needs such as personal hygiene products and food. To ensure the health and safety of Red Cross personnel, services are being provided remotely, over the phone.

Providing support to Indigenous communities

The Red Cross is providing support to First Nations communities in Saskatchewan to prepare for and respond to COVID-19.

Thousands of supplies have been delivered to First Nations communities across the province. The supplies, including cleaning kits, cots, blankets, pillows and hygiene kits, will help maintain a level of cleanliness in elder care homes, health offices and homes of vulnerable community members, and support self-isolation needs within First Nations communities.

Nationally, the Canadian Red Cross, in partnership with First Nations Health Managers Association and other partners, has launched a Help Desk resource for Indigenous community leadership. The Help Desk, leveraging the expertise of the Canadian Red Cross and a long history working alongside Indigenous communities, is providing Indigenous leadership with information and referrals related to pandemic planning, health guidance and community wellness and protection.

Friendly Phone Program

Isolation can be challenging – especially for the elderly who are living alone. In Saskatchewan, the Red Cross is increasing efforts to reach isolated seniors through its Friendly Phone program.

The Red Cross Friendly Phone program helps to decrease a sense of isolation by providing a friendly and regular phone call.

Calls are normally made on a weekly basis. However, during the pandemic, Red Cross volunteers are reaching out more frequently to the seniors with whom they are paired. They are asking questions to ensure that person has access to food and medication during this challenging time and access to community resources as needed.

For more information on the Friendly Phone program.

 

How you can help

The Canadian Red Cross is prepared and ready to support Canadians now during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the spring and summer as we anticipate floods, wildfires and other disasters that will affect families and communities. The best way you can support our work is with a donation now to the Canadian Emergencies & COVID-19 Response Fund.

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