COVID-19 Update from the CEO – January 12, 2021

“We don’t develop courage by being happy every day.  We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity .”    –  Barbara De Angelis, Author

Internal Updates

 SJV Outbreak Update

Our COVID-19 Outbreak at SJV continues with only one positive result in a staff member. We are hopeful that the outbreak will be lifted by tomorrow.  Please stay tuned.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank EVERYONE for the tremendous job you have done to contain this outbreak to only one person.

SJV remains closed to new admissions and transfers at this time. All visitations have been suspended until the outbreak measures have been lifted; with the exception being for those who are deemed essential visitors and for individuals to visit loved ones at the end of life.

Staff Swabbing

Increased staff testing is underway and additional swabbing clinics have been set up.  Please ensure that you are following the staff swabbing schedule for the facility that you work at.

For Villa staff swabbing is required EVERY week and for SJCCC staff swabbing is required EVERY other week.

We continue to ask that all staff remain vigilant and immediately self-isolate and report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection.

Provincial Update

As a result of high COVID-19 transmission rates, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, has immediately declared a second provincial emergency under s. 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA).

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work. This order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people’s mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household. In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, do work from home.  Please note that health care workers are deemed to be essential workers and as a result we ask that you please continue to report to work.

It is hoped that these new public health measures will help stop the spread of COVID-19 by reducing concerning levels of mobility as the province continues its vaccine rollout and ramps up to mass vaccination when the federal government is able to provide the necessary supply to do so.  The following additional public health measures will be enacted:

  • Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to a limit of five people with limited exceptions. This is consistent with the rules during the lockdown during the first wave of COVID-19 in spring 2020 and will allow individuals and families to enjoy time outdoors safely.
  • Individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can’t physically distance more than two metres.
  • All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. The restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery.
  • Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.

Data Update

As of January 12, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 222,023 which is an increase of 2,903 – this includes 186,829 resolved cases and 5,053 (+41) reported deaths.  There are now 14 confirmed cases of the U.K. variant so far in Ontario.

Northern Ontario Active Cases

  • Algoma Public Health – 46
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit – 26
  • Northwestern Health Unit – 44
  • Porcupine Health Unit – 28
  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 67
  • Timiskaming Health Unit – 6
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit – 68

 

Local Update

Amberwood Suites continues in a COVID outbreak – 22 cases (19 residents/3 staff)

HSN is reporting 9 confirmed cases (0 in ICU; 9 on other units).

In Closing…

I would like to thank you all for continuing to demonstrate excellence, compassion, courage and resilience during this difficult time.  Your ongoing patience, co-operation and support do not go unnoticed as we continue our efforts in keeping our patients and residents safe.

As an update we have commenced initial preparations with our community partners for our anticipated vaccination rollout and will keep you apprised as it draws closer.

As community transmission of COVID-19 continues to sour across our province, the risk remains high for all of us.  Even if you have been doing all you can to protect yourself and those around you, it is important to know the symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if symptoms develop.

Please wear your mask, please wash your hands and limit your contact to those only within your immediate household.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Safe Lives!

 

Additional Resources

Ontario.ca/COVID-19

Public Health Ontario

Sudbury & District Public Health

Covid-19-self-assessment

COVID-19-Assessment-Centre in the Greater City of Sudbury