Information for MESC Staff Regarding COVID-19

Vulnerable Employees

MESC believes that it is important to protect the  health of our employees who will be more vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. Older persons (65 years of age and older) and those who are immune compromised or at a high risk of severe illness for other medical reasons are to self isolate and work  off-site. Exceptions will be made as determined by your supervisor.

Communication

Employees are reminded to check regularly for updates via email, Facebook, and the MESC website.

Everyone has access to our Employee Assistance Program provided by Homewood Health. Once you create your online account you will have access to i-Volve, Homewood’s Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. i-Volve is a web-based solution designed to treat employees struggling with anxiety and/or mild depression. This innovative treatment program will guide employees through exercises that examine and test how they interpret and perceive external stimulation. These insights will help employees change and adapt the ways in which they think, feel, and react during anxious scenarios and situations. i-Volve will help employees to identify, challenge and overcome anxious thoughts, behaviours and emotions.

To create your online account or to log in click the link: https://homeweb.ca/

Resources in Maskwacîs

Maskwacis Health 
780-585-2266

Maskwacis Mobile Mental Health
780-585-4018

Wetaskiwin Community Health
780-361-4333

Crisis Line
780-360-2150

Emergency: 911

Alberta Mental Health Help Line (24/7)
1-877-303-2642

More Resources

Alberta Health Services has implemented a text messaging program called Text4Hope. To join simply text: COVID19HOPE to the number: 393939
Once you have joined you will receive a daily message designed to provide support and build coping skills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Be Aware

There are some new scams going around. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that cybercriminals are disguising themselves as WHO representatives in an effort to steal money and personal information from individuals and organizations. Do not open email or click on links from unknown sources.

People are receiving calls saying they have come into contact with someone having COVID-19. Then the caller tries to sell people a “new vaccine” or other cures.