Outbreak prevention and control in homeless shelters and emergency winter response shelters requires clear, accessible information and supports readily available to shelter operators.
- The COVID-19 Guidance for Operators of Shelters, Group Homes, Independent and Supportive Living handout is intended to provide guidance to facility operators who are experiencing positive cases of COVID-19 in staff and/or residents. See the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website COVID-19 (bccdc.ca) for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, including the spread, symptoms and applicable public health measures. Not all parts of this document may apply to your facility. Note: the term client and resident are used interchangeably.
- We’ve developed the Homeless and Emergency Winter Response Shelter Health Handbook For Providers to provide shelter staff with practical information about diseases that they may encounter in these settings, as well as information about prevention, early identification and control of communicable diseases and other health hazards in shelter settings.
- Clients of homeless shelters and emergency winter response shelters are vulnerable to a number of health conditions as outlined in the report: Homelessness and Health Outcomes: What are the associations?