“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie, American writer

Last week, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, released its Roadmap to Reopen – a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators.  I sent out an email last week in this regard.  I would like to remind you that this Roadmap is based on vaccination rates within our population.  In other words the sooner that people get vaccinated the sooner the province will reopen.  At this time I would like to thank everyone who has been vaccinated.  I would request those who have not to please contact the Public Health Sudbury District to make an appointment at your convenience.

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 your 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.  Just 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

With the release of the roadmap to reopen Ontario the focus is on vaccination thresholds that need to be met in order to move to the next step.  The province will remain in each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators.  If at the end of the 21 days, the following vaccination thresholds have been met, along with positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators, then the province will move to the next step:

  • Step 1: 60 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose.
  • Step 2: 70 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent vaccinated with two doses.
  • Step 3: 70 to 80 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with two doses.

On that note, preliminary results of the SJHC Vaccine incentive indicates that we are receiving more confirmations of vaccines.  This is great news for all facilities.

As a reminder 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 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.

Help save lives.  Please get vaccinated.  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 May 25, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,361,564 of which 51,818 remain active.  To date there are 25,265 deaths recorded.

 

Provincial Update

As of May 25, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 524,950 which is an increase of 1,039 – this includes 497,269 resolved cases and 8,655 reported deaths. To date 8,251,642 doses have been administered and 544,288 individuals are fully vaccinated.

 

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 31 active cases
  • 92,217 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 12,478 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)
  • Vale Limited (Totten Mine)
  • Health Sciences North (6th floor, South Tower)

HSN is reporting 7 confirmed cases (3 ICU; 4 other units)

In Closing…

We are getting closer to the June 2, 2021 date for the Stay-at-home order to expire.  We are almost there!  The vaccine roll out has ramped up across the province and the downward trend is promising.  Please continue to remain vigilant.  A few more weeks can only improve the province’s success in reopening a safer Ontario.

Staying Healthy and Staying Safe and Getting Vaccinated Saves Lives!