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NSCSS / Club 90 information and update

COVID-19

Elliot Lake, along with Canada and the rest of the world is currently facing a COVID-19 pandemic that is impacting day-to-day activities locally and abroad and has left people ill.  The virus has impacted operations at North Shore Community Support Services and Club 90.  The situation is now improving and some of the restrictions are being relaxed as the COVID case numbers decrease.  Club 90 now has one-on-one counselling and group sessions now available, but is not fully reopened yet.


A public health state of emergency was declared in Ontario on March  17, 2020 that puts special measures in place to reduce the spread of the virus and to keep the public safe.  The health emergency restricts public gatherings to 10 people, restricts activities and promotes social distancing to help reduce the chance of getting infected by the COVID-19 virus.

The COVID-19 pandemic is evolving very rapidly and orders have been given by the government and public health authorities at short notice.  This, unfortunately, has forced us to curtail normal operations and programs at NSCSS / Club 90.  Effective as of July, the following updated measures are in effect at NSCSS / Club 90:
  • Club 90 is open only for one-on-one and group counselling.  A decision on fully reopening is expected soon - see attachment.
  • Mental health workers will make outreach calls to check on your well-being.
  • Meals will not be provided.
  • Additional measures including physical distancing and limits on group sizes have been implemented to reduce spreading COVID-19.
  • We will not have a camping trip at Camp Thompson this summer because the camp is closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Please note that other social services and businesses have also had to suspeend their programs and close operations.
  • "The Beehive", a drop-in centre run by the Consumers Survivors Initiative is closed.
  • Cafes and lunch programs at the Salvation Army and Grace Christian Centre have been suspended.
  • The Renaissance Active Living Centre is closed and all programs are suspended.
  • The Elliot Lake Food Bank is still open but asks you to call ahead for an appointment at (705) 461-3663.
  • AJ Bus Lines shopping and casino trips have been suspended.
  • Public recreation facilities including Collins Hall and Centennial Arena are closed.  The library is also closed.
  • Restaurants are selling meals on a takeout basis or at the drive-through only.
  • Many retailers and service providers have reduced their hours.
Mental Health Workers will be available Monday to Friday 9-5 to offer support via phone and email (contact information below), as well as one-on-one counselling by appointment.

By phone:
  • 705-848-2879
By e-mail:  
  • Jessica:  mhsupport@nscss.com
  • Kerry: supportmh@nscss.com
By  Social Media:
  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/nscss/
If you are in crisis you can call the crisis line at 705-848-2585.

Mental health workers will post updates and will contact you to continue to help make you feel engaged with others.  
We apologize for the inconvenience the closure and program suspensions has caused.  We will reopen as soon as possible once this pandemic abates.

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this time as we encourage those who can to self-isolate to keep yourselves as well as others healthy!

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