Brothers and Sisters,
Please read the following guidelines jointly agreed to by Local 628 and MCATB.
NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) STATEMENT
March 16, 2020
Joint statement from The Mechanical Contractors Association of Thunder Bay and UA Local 628
In recent weeks the world has been made aware of a new global health threat commonly known as the Coronavirus (COVID-19). With health organizations from around the globe monitoring and tracking its spread, Canada so far has experienced a low infection rate and to date no known infections have been reported in Thunder Bay (as of March 15,2020).
Please visit Thunder Bay District Health Unit website for local information regarding COVID-19 at www.tbdhu/coronavirus#self
Note that the information is being continuously updated and the following self-assessment tool is being recommended by Health Canada
- Have you travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
- Does someone you are in close contact with have COVID-19 (for example, someone in your household or workplace)?
- Are you in close contact with a person who is sick with respiratory symptoms (for example, fever, cough or difficulty breathing) who recently travelled outside of Canada?
Some other considerations;
- Symptoms of COVID-19 will include a fever, cough and difficulty breathing. For a full list of symptoms, please visit Health Canada website
- Recent travel activities accompanied by symptoms should be of concern enough to seek some professional advice. (TBDHU)
- If symptoms arise persons should not immediately turn to hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices for advice as this would needlessly put others at risk of infection.
- Employer staff and members of local unions are strongly advised to self-isolate for a period of 14 days following any international travel (including the U.S.)
- Advise your employer and or local union if you are returning from any international travel or if you are planning to travel and the date of your return.
- Follow any restrictions and recommendations from the Health Canada and local TBDHU
- Currently, health professionals are recommending practicing social distancing and avoiding gatherings of greater than 50 people
- Washing your hands thoroughly and using an alcohol based hand sanitizer can go a long way to ensure that you don’t become infected. This method holds true with common colds and flu as well.
- Covering your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not into your hand.
- Consider getting a flu shot. It won’t protect you from COVID-19, instead it will avoid confusion by eliminating similar symptoms during diagnosis of COVID-19.
Business Manager UA Local 628
Above all else use common sense and remain calm. This situation can and will change and we must remain informed by the proper authorities and not listen to rumour fueled by the anonymity of social media.
As well, please visit the Union Benefits Web site for updates on travel and coverage.