Halcyon Library & Fitness Centre to Remain Closed

It has been requested that we re-open the library and the fitness centre. We have contacted Fraser Health and our property manager for guidance. Both have suggested that we are premature in opening these venues. The suggestion is that we keep everything closed and revisit at a later date. We realize that the library would provide an outlet during these times of “staying home” and “self isolation” but we must also ensure that we are doing everything possible to keep our residents safe. So, until further notice, everything at the clubhouse remains closed with the exception of the mail room.

Returning Snowbirds MUST Self Quarantine for 14 Days

We are still getting questions about the self isolation of returning snow birds. When you are in self isolation you must stay in your home at all time.

You DO NOT go out for groceries, you DO NOT visit with neighbours, you DO NOT walk your dog and you DO NOT go to the mail room.

This is for the protection of everyone in Halcyon as well as the community in general. There is no exceptions made. This is not a suggestion put forward by the Board of Directors, this is the law. We must all work together if we are going to “flatten the curve”.

Respectfully submitted by the Halcyon Board of Directors.

Choosing sources of COVID-19 information carefully …

Choosing sources of information carefully during COVID-19 is critical to mental well-being. (provided by the Mental Health Commission of Canada)

In the midst of COVID-19, it is increasingly difficult to avoid the bleak headlines and bright-red news banners. Staying informed is, after all, one way many of us try to win back a semblance of control. But while it’s natural to seek information about this unfolding public health crisis, we must also take steps to protect our mental health.

With guidance from Dr. Keith Dobson, clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Calgary, the Mental Health Commission of Canada has compiled the following tips to help Canadians protect their mental health as they strive to safeguard their physical well-being and that of their loved ones.

1. Understand the fight-or-flight response
It’s normal to feel anxious in the face of a threat. Our body’s fight-or-flight response is designed to keep us safe by heightening our response to perceived danger. Part of that response is the release of stress hormones, which increase heart rate, blood pressure, and overall alertness.

The brain is continuously seeking new informational cues to re-assess the threat level. Unfortunately, if we bombard ourselves with COVID-19 details, headlines, and images, we reinforce the threat signal and perpetuate the stress response. Remember, the information we allow in will affect how we feel ? and we should monitor that intake with care.

Because of the impact stress has on our body’s immune system, managing it during a pandemic is critical to the success of strategies designed to reduce contagion or the severity of the illness.

2. Be selective about news sources
Where we seek information matters! Credible sources, such as the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization give us plain facts to counteract the sensationalism and fear-provoking imagery found in the news media. Updates from neighbours or other kinds of hearsay are more likely to include selective attention to fearful cases and stories.

Carefully choosing our sources is the best way to ensure accuracy. While there is plenty of fact-based content on social media, because of the way it works it is also much more likely to turn hearsay into misinformation. The facts ? as fluid as they may be ? are essential to facing the situation appropriately.

3. Consider the practical value of the information
Not all information is created equal. When we see images of workers in hazmat suits, empty streets, and armed guards, our brains detect a threat and react accordingly. Unfortunately, these images don’t have a lot of value, as they convey very little meaningful or useful information. Where possible, focus on the facts in the story, not the extraneous details or peripheral images.

4. Don’t discount the power of language
When the media reports that rates of infection are “skyrocketing,” for example, it can trigger more anxious feelings than if they’d said “increasing.” Although it may be difficult, it’s important to see through the sensationalistic language and focus on the message and the practical takeaways. If a particular news source uses a lot of alarmist language, consider avoiding that outlet altogether.

5. Set boundaries on news consumption
With such a rapidly evolving situation, it can feel like even a few hours without an update will leave us in the dark. But while the information about COVID-19 is constant, it is also highly repetitive. The more often we receive information, the more it will play on our minds, and the more difficult it will be to disengage.

ALSO ….

Check out this Covid-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool developed by the BC Ministry of Health … click to view. It should be helpful and help us to stay focused as we strive as united complex in overcoming this virus. We are getting there but just not yet.

Take Care and Stay Healthy

Angus Haggarty, Unit 222
HM Emergency Preparedness Team Leader