“We are not yet through this storm, but the end is in sight. We are getting closer every day, and now there is a clear roadmap for how we’ll get there.”

– Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC Provincial Health Officer

More than 60% of adults have now been vaccinated with their first dose and COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations are steadily declining in Ontario  We have all sacrificed so much over the last 15 months to help keep our residents, patients, staff and families safe.  The province has made tremendous strides with its vaccination program, and we are now in a position where we can move forward with a plan to slowly bring us back together.  How exciting is that????  Hopefully enough to keep the momentum going!

Internal Updates

We continue to be COVID-19 free at all our facilities!  This is great news not only for our residents, patients and family members but also for you as staff!!

Surveillance Swabbing

SJV/VSGV

Mandatory Rapid Antigen testing clinics for staff, students, volunteers, and caregivers upon entry occur each day.  Staff are to ensure that they are following the required testing protocol based on their individual schedules.

SJCCC

Mandatory Rapid Antigen testing clinics for all staff at both SJCCC and the Clarion Site runs every day upon entry.  Staff are to ensure that they are following the required testing protocol based on their individual schedules.  For clarification SJCCC/Clarion site is following the outlined schedule which consists of a rapid test every 2 days, or upon your next scheduled shift.

Vaccines

As a reminder, in order to be eligible for the SJHC Vaccine incentive, if you

  • Get your 1st vaccine by June 21, 2021 you are entered into the early bird draw to be drawn on June 30, 2021.
  • Get fully vaccinated by August 27th  and you will be entered into the Big Draw to be drawn on August 31, 2021.

Look for the “Why should you get your Covid-19 vaccine?” posters for the list of prizes being offered.

Vaccine clinics continue to be offered by Public Health in our area.  Book online or call:

  • Main line: call 705.674.2299 (toll-free: 1.800.708.2505), between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Alternate line: call 1.844.782.2273, between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

Please Help save lives and get vaccinated!

We encourage all staff to please book your appointment to receive your vaccine.

Visit the Sudbury & District Health unit website for more details on upcoming clinics and pharmacies that are participating in providing vaccinations in our area.

 

Federal Update

As of June 1, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,381,582 of which 33,753 remain active.  To date there are 25,547 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of June 1, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 532,158 which is an increase of 699 – this includes 511,703 resolved cases and 8,666 reported deaths. To date 9,202,220 doses have been administered and 739,722 individuals are fully vaccinated.  The Stay-at-Home order is set to expire tomorrow, June 2, 2021.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 27 active cases
  • 118,440 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 18,300 individuals fully vaccinated.

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

  • Discovery Early Learning & Care (Main Site in Garson)
  • Outland at IAMGOLD (Cote Mine Project)

HSN is reporting 9 confirmed cases (4 ICU; 5 other units)

In Closing…

Thank you very much for doing your part to keep our patients, residents, families and colleagues safe.

I would like to express my sincere admiration for the outstanding efforts of everyone in each of our facilities. I appreciate everything that you have done over the past 14 months since the pandemic was declared.

Thank you for all your contributions and all the little things you do each day to help in your respective positions.

Many of us may feel a sense of uneasiness as we begin to expand our social interactions having experienced a third COVID-19 wave.  Social distancing measures that limit close contact with others have made it difficult to maintain connections with those we care for —family and friends within our immediate social circles.  This has been hard!

To be successful in this next phase of the reopening plan, we need to keep COVID-19 low and slow and vaccine rates high and fast.   Please make sure to stay the course and be responsible in your actions.

Staying Healthy and Staying Safe and Getting Vaccinated Saves Lives!