They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.  by Maya Angelou

A year has now passed since the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic for COVID-19. We all want this pandemic to be over, for life to get back to normal, or at least begin to understand what the new normal may look like.

It will take many more months for this to happen as vaccination efforts are slowly progressing within our community. I am constantly grateful for your courage and that of all the essential workers who help preserve our community’s dignity during these unprecedented times. No single expression of thanks can ever be enough to match the sacrifices you have all made this past year and continue to make indefinitely.

Internal Updates

Facility COVID Outbreaks

Villa St. Gabriel Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on March 12, 2021 for one positive staff variant case.   All contact tracing, PCR swabbing, and isolation/outbreak precautions have been put into place.  Essential visitors have been notified with the new protocols.   As per the Ministry Directives, PCR testing will now occur at a minimum every 3-4 days until the outbreak is over.  PCR testing is being completed today and tomorrow for all staff and residents.

SJCCC – South Bay Road Site – The COVID outbreak for the one positive staff case will be declared over at midnight tonight.  A special thank you to everyone for all your hard work over the past two weeks in keeping our patients and staff safe.  Thank you for being rock stars in containing the virus.

SJCCC – Clarion Hotel Site – The COVID outbreak for the one positive case was declared over on Monday, March 15, 2021.  A special thank you to everyone for all your hard work over the past two weeks in keeping our patients and staff safe.  You did an awesome job containing the spread particularly given the physical space limitations at the Clarion site. Thank you.

**Please remember to check your emails daily for any updates on the outbreaks specific to the site that you work at.

Surveillance Swabbing

SJCCC and the Clarion site continue to swab weekly.  Surveillance swabbing information is provided via email to all staff.  Please ensure to check your email for the date and times of the swabbing clinics and the updated COVID-19 Virus Test Requisition form to be completed.

Rapid antigen testing continues at SJV Villa site.  Swabbing is occurring daily.  Please see your email for additional communications regarding antigen testing at your site.

Due to the outbreak at VSGV the Rapid Antigen Swabbing will be paused, and PCR testing will replace the process until such time that the outbreak is over.

Please remain vigilant and immediately self-isolate and report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection to your immediate supervisor.

Vaccines

On March 9, 2021, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, confirmed the province will be following the latest recommendations from the National Advisory Council on Immunization (NACI) to extend the time interval between the first and second vaccine doses up to 16 weeks for all three vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Astra Zeneca/COVISHIELD) to ensure as many Ontarians as possible can benefit from the protection of a first vaccine dose.

The extension to the vaccine program went into effect on March 10th, 2021. Essential caregivers and staff of long-term care homes are now set to receive their second vaccine dose at the updated 16-week interval.

The Sudbury and District Public Health Units continues to release upcoming vaccination clinic dates on their website.  Please ensure to check your email daily for information on the upcoming clinics as they relate to our facilities, as time is of the essence to make appointments before the cut off times.

 

As an organization we are working to build vaccine confidence.  If you are wavering or still have questions about the vaccine, please speak with your Supervisor who can direct you to where you can access the answers you are looking for.

 

Getting vaccinated 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 March 16, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 913,047 of which 31,630 remain active.  To date there are 22,495 deaths recorded.

 

Provincial Update

As of March 16, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 320,448 which is an increase of 1,074 – this includes 300,769 resolved cases and 7,173 (+11) reported deaths.

 

Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) remains in effect.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is in the Grey – Lockdown zone.

 

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 243

Health Facilities in outbreak:

  • Health Sciences North (4th & 6th floor, South Tower)
  • Villa St. Gabriel Villa
  • The Walford

Schools in outbreak:

  • Lockerby Composite School
  • Immaculate Conception School
  • Walden Public School
  • Collège Notre-Dame
  • École Alliance St-Joseph school
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School

HSN is reporting 10 confirmed cases (2 ICU; 8 other unit)

In Closing…

The St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors wishes to recognize and thank deeply every person who works at each of St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, St. Joseph’s Villa, Villa St. Gabriel Villa and at the Clarion Hotel site for keeping our residents and patients healthy, safe, nourished, moving, and hopeful.  In addition, we also thank the families who stand behind all our staff, who too make difficult sacrifices to support you each and every day.

The second wave may be nearly behind us, however the prediction of a third wave appears to be imminent.  As we worry about the road ahead, and as we reflect on what may come next, let us remain grateful to all those individuals who have given selflessly to maintain not only the healthcare but the community services and supports we rely on most. Take a moment to thank them, whenever you can.

Please continue to Be kind and to be patient to one another.  Stay strong!

Remember…   Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Saves Lives!