Canadian Health Measures Survey – COVID-19 safety measures at the Mobile Examination Centre

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This information sheet provides answers on additional procedures related to the COVID-19 pandemic and should be read at the same time as the Information and Consent Booklet.

Why are COVID-19 safety measures being implemented?

Additional safety measures are being implemented to ensure a safe work environment for the Mobile Examination Centre personnel and to protect the participants against SARS-CoV-2 infections (COVID-19) throughout their survey participation.

What COVID-19 measures will be taken when the interviewer visits you at home?

A Statistics Canada interviewer will visit your home and give you (or someone from your household) information about the survey. The interviewer will remain at the door to explain the survey while respecting the COVID-19 safety guidelines. Going back to their vehicle, the interviewer will make an appointment to contact your household by phone to collect information on who lives in the household and randomly select one or two household member(s) to participate in the survey. A second appointment will be scheduled to conduct the interview with the selected household member(s). With the consent of the selected participants, the interviewer will call again to ask a series of questions over the phone. The interviewer will make a third appointment to come to your home and collect the tap water samples at the door.

What COVID-19 measures will be taken during my visit to the Mobile Examination Centre?

All individuals entering the Mobile Examination Centre are required to follow these mandatory COVID-19 screening protocols and guidelines:

  • We will take your temperature upon arrival. We will also ask some COVID-19 screening questions. Only individuals with no COVID-19 symptoms will be permitted to enter the Mobile Examination Centre.
  • Individuals aged 5 and up will be provided with a mask to wear for the duration of their visit. Children under the age of 2 will not be required to wear a mask.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be installed. Please use hand sanitizer when you enter the Mobile Examination Centre.
  • To enforce social distancing, we have limited the number of interactions between participants and the personnel of the Mobile Examination Centre.
  • Testing stations will be cleaned and sanitized between every individual appointment. The Mobile Examination Centre personnel will follow extensive cleaning and sanitizing protocols.
  • We ask you reschedule your appointment if you are symptomatic, have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days, have tested positive to COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone who has tested positive within the past 5 days.

If you have any additional questions about safety measures, please do not hesitate to contact the Mobile Examination Centre staff whose contact information appears at the end of the Information and Consent Booklet.

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