Vancouver Coastal Health Community Information Re: COVID-19

Friday, March 20, 2020

A message from your Staff Representative Chris Losito:

Please distribute and/or post the attached information below for members in the community health sector.  As we, along with the other health sector unions and levels of government, continue to respond and adjust to this public health emergency please expect frequent updates to this information. I will be working to keep the website current and will distribute updates as promptly as possible.

Please understand that I am dealing with high level discussions and concerns regarding COVID-19. A typical day for me right now is to go from one conference call with government to another conference call with the bargaining associations, to another call with CUPE staff.  This leaves me next to no time to be responsive to email. With this in mind, I ask that you please refer to and rely on the attached information we are posting to the CUPE Community Health website: and call me on my cell with urgent questions.  It is more efficient for us to clarify or increase information on this website than it is for us to field common questions repeatedly.  In the weeks to come, members in this sector will benefit from having quick and accurate responses on their COVID-19 related questions (which will include subjects such as child and elder care, self-isolation, personal protective equipment, the right to refuse unsafe work, and a range of other inquiries).  I strongly encourage you to review the materials provided on our website.

Thank you for all you do. Members are doing critical work and I want to express how much I appreciate it. Stay safe.

In solidarity,

Chris Losito

National Servicing Representative

Health Coordinator – BC Region


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