Quarterly Message from Kevin Lusignan, Executive Director at CVS
It has been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began. A year ago, we were all in a state of shock and uneasy about what the future would hold for us. While there have been many struggles over the past year, we are fortunate that at CVS that we have a strong team that supports the individuals we serve, our staff, families and our overall community. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing commitment and your support over the past year. I also want to thank everyone for following the rules to keep us all safe – it has not been easy.
CVS has moved through this pandemic with relatively low rates of exposure. That being said, in recent months, we have seen some outbreaks at CVS and we recognize this has caused disruptions to service for some of the individuals we serve and their families. We appreciate your support and patience as we navigated through this. Thank you for cooperating and helping us continue providing support for the individuals we serve while keeping everyone safe.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, CVS has taken a proactive approach to ensuring we have an ample stock of personal protective equipment (PPE). We have procured all the necessary supplies that are needed to keep our individuals, staff and families safe. At the same time, we have kept up-to-date on the latest guidance on PPE as more is known about COVID-19. Most recently, we have upgraded our mask protocol to require all individuals who are working at CVS to wear a N95 or KN95. In the latest research, it has been shown that these masks – compared to non-medical or fabric masks – are the most effective in protecting individuals against COVID-19. This new protocol came into effect on Thursday, April 8th and will be enforced across all CVS facilities. We continue to monitor the research and will continue to update our safety protocols as necessary in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 across our community. Please reach out to us if you need to update your PPE.
Most importantly, despite daily rising numbers, I feel that there is hope on the horizon. As BC continues to roll out its vaccination plan across the province, many staff and the individuals we serve have already received their first dose of vaccine which is great news for us all as hopefully this means that more individuals in our community will be protected from catching COVID-19. If you have not received the vaccine please have a look at our website for information on how to get it.
One of the hardest elements of this pandemic has been that we have had to adapt our mission from focusing on inclusion – where the individuals we serve are investing much of their time out in the community – to one of segregation in an effort to protect our individuals, staff and families. I look forward to the day when we can all meet in person and feel free to give people a hug or shake hands and celebrate better times.
Regardless of the challenges the past few months, I am hopeful that things are taking a turn in the right direction. I am also very proud of everyone at CVS for coming together as a community to do all the right things.