Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Well, since the World Health Organization has raised the Pandemic Alert Level to 5 (out of a possible 6), the Diocese of Toronto has automatically implemented it's Influenza Response Plan (actually, the plan was activated at level 4). That includes various protocols and policies to be followed around things like the common cup and pastoral visiting. Thanks to SARS, the Diocese is relatively well prepared for this kind of thing.

Bishop Johnson sent a pastoral letter out by e-mail essentially saying, "prepare, but don't panic."

Kind of scary, actually. No one likes to pull the red binder off the shelf...


1 comment:

Felicity Pickup said...

Hey, Tay! Thanks for this. Need to read it. I was taken by surprise when a hospital chaplain raised the issue with us volunteers before the service last night.

I tend to turn a blind eye/deaf ear to epidemic talk; probably due to need to tune out of parental panics during the almost annual "infantile paralysis" epidemics of my childhood and early teens.

But then my childhood didn't memories, direct or transmitted, of the post-WW1 flu pandemic!