Social agencies in Edmonton are taking preventative measures to ensure the city’s vulnerable population is protected against the novel coronavirus.

Louise Traynor, chief operating officer for the Bissell Centre, said their clients are more vulnerable than the average Edmontonians.

“A number of our clients have chronic respiratory challenges.

“They experience other challenges in their life that have compromised their immune system, other illnesses, so that makes them more susceptible,” she said.

Traynor also said those without permanent addresses are more at-risk.

“That will make them more vulnerable because they don’t have somewhere to go home and make soup and recuperate,” she said.

She said staff are working to clean commonly touched surfaces and public spaces more often.

Traynor also said staff and volunteers are being asked to stay at home if they develop flu-like symptoms or if they have been contact with someone who has been traveling.

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