Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”Thomas Edison

As a community, we are grappling with how to nurture and care for ourselves and each other, while understanding the ramifications of the situations unfolding around us and trying to navigate the new reality of what social distancing really means with the new variant.

The rapidness of the outbreak has left individuals and organizations alike grasping for information, direction and actions that can be taken to stay safe and healthy in completely new and uncertain circumstances.

We have all come together as a team and through learning and adapting we have changed the way we work, despite what is evolving in the world around us, and are making a real difference in the lives of our residents and patients.

You should all be very proud of the difference that you have made by living out our vision – Enriching Quality of Life…compassionate care, innovation and discovery.

Thank you.

 

Internal Updates

Facility COVID Outbreaks

St. Joseph’s Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on April 5, 2021 and was declared over today April 28, 2021.  Thank you to each and everyone for all of your extra hard work during this time.

On April 24, 2021, PCR swabbing results detected 16 additional positive cases in residents, staff and essential care givers at St. Joseph’s Villa.  Today we learned from Public Health Sudbury District that the Public Health Ontario Lab made an error in how they transcribed the results of these swabs.  Public Health Ontario has discovered their error and have already put remedies in place so that this does not happen again.  To say that this is unfortunate is an understatement.  For those who received positive results I cannot imagine the emotions you have had to go through the past several days.  I am sorry you have had to go through this.  I am certain some of you are feeling that it is difficult to trust the surveillance system.  I ask that you please continue to trust the system as we will continue to follow our regular surveillance protocols.  As an organization SJV has and continues to take every precautionary measure throughout this pandemic and ensures testing and screening for all persons that enter the site.  Please know that we do this to ensure that we are ALWAYS putting the health and safety of our residents and staff first.  We will continue to do this not only through regular testing and swabbing but by ensuring we continue to follow all IPAC measures, ensure that we have appropriate PPE and appropriate staffing in place.

We will continue with PCR swabbing every 3-4 days.  Rapid Antigen testing will continue as per previous Public Health guidance prior to our outbreak.

Updated communication is being circulated daily to all staff, residents, and family members who work, reside or attend at SJV.  Please continue to refer to your e-mail for updates on this current outbreak.

Surveillance Swabbing

VSGV

Although the outbreak has been declared over Public Health requires ongoing PCR surveillance testing.  Therefore, all staff, students, volunteers, and caregivers will continue with on-site COVID-19 PCR tests every 7 days for 2 weeks.

Mandatory testing clinics will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday/Monday as well as Rapid Antigen testing upon entry each Thursday and Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. until May 3rd, 2021.

SJCCC

Rapid Antigen Testing continues with 2 clinics/day every day at both SJCCC and the Clarion Site including the weekends. Staff members working on night shift will receive their RAT from the RN on your designated working floor.   Staff will receive a RAT card with their results that they will need to be show to the Lobby Deputy when they come in for their scheduled shifts.

Vaccines

Vaccine clinics continue to be offered by Public Health in our area.  Please consider getting vaccinated.  It is critical to protecting yourself, your loved ones, and our most vulnerable individuals from COVID-19. Each additional person vaccinated brings us one step closer to eliminating COVID-19 from our facilities and our community.

 

Federal Update

As of April 28, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,194,989 of which 84,313 remain active.  To date there are 24,065 deaths recorded.

 

Provincial Update

As of April 28, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 455,606 which is an increase of 3,480 – this includes 408,765 resolved cases and 7,988 reported deaths. To date 4,907,203 doses have been administered and 365,166 individuals are fully vaccinated.

 

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 96 active cases
  • 67,675 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 7,736 individuals fully vaccinated.

Current Local Outbreaks (as reported by Sudbury & District Public Health Unit)

  • Health Sciences North (4th floor, south tower)
  • Diggs & Dwellings
  • TSYS
  • Centre Pivot du Triangle Magique, Azilda site
  • Trillium College
  • Jubilee Heritage Daycare, Applegrove site
  • Vale Limited (Garson Mine)

HSN is reporting 23 confirmed cases (10 ICU; 13 other units)


In Closing…

In the past year, we have been filled with enormous pressure and the need to nurture human suffering and loss of life.

You have all shown resilience, ingenuity, and an ability to turn on a dime to adapt everything from outbreaks, PPE protocols, staffing solutions, employing lobby deputies, and creating in-house rapid antigen and PCR testing clinics in the face of this deadly virus.

You have been front and centre in the crisis, under intense pressure to keep our patients, residents and staff safe.  Everyday you continue to shine as a team, and I commend you for braving this storm.  You are all Rock Stars!


Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Safe Lives!