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Stay safe and well in 2022

Colleagues,

I hope the holidays allowed you some time to rest, reflect and reconnect with what matters most to you. As we settle into a new year, let’s embrace fresh beginnings and opportunities to build upon our collective progress from 2021.

I understand the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of the Omicron variant has added pressures to both our professional and personal lives, and that continually shifting the way we work and live only compounds feelings of pandemic fatigue. As we follow public health guidelines to keep each other and our communities safe, let’s remember to be kind to ourselves and supportive of others.

In response to the province’s new self-isolation requirements, the municipality has updated its COVID-19 Notification Process. The updated process provides more information and step-by-step guidelines that you will need to follow if you test positive for COVID-19 or are deemed a close contact. If you have questions, please contact your supervisor/manager.

As per my December 16 email, all those who can work from home should continue to do so until otherwise directed. As always, we will keep doing our part to help curb the spread of this disease and to ensure your safety.

The new year is certainly coming “in like a lion” with the first winter weather system of 2022 expected to move into the region today. Visit halifax.ca/snow for the latest service updates, and a special thank you to staff who are actively preparing for and responding to the storm.

Wela’lioq, amitiés, kind regards,

Jacques

To streamline your access to information related to COVID-19, below is a list of important links.

Public health information: Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus
Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus
hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system: halifax.ca/hfxalert
Human Resources: MyHR@halifax.ca or 902.490.6145
Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP): 902.466.3327 or 1.800.663.1142
Halifax Regional Police Association EFAP: 902.430.8295 or 902.430.8296
International Association of Fire Fighters FFAP: 902.483.6068

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