“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” — Mother Teresa

The world doesn’t seem as friendly when it is filled with people wearing masks.  We gaze at strangers’ faces to gauge their intentions, so when the nose, mouth and chin disappear behind a covering, many clues vanish with them.

If a person is friendly, will you recognize it? If you smile, will he or she know it?

The answer is “yes” — it is still worth it to smile while wearing a mask, states body language expert Janine Driver, founder and president of the Body Language Institute in Washington, D.C.

The increased use of proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); wearing of eye goggles and face masks, during your shift has created a new challenge: the caring smiles that you regularly provide to your patients and residents, often a source of comfort during uncertain times, are hidden.

Recognizing who is caring for you, and seeing their smile, is fundamental to providing compassionate, person-centred care.

Psychology researcher Paul Ekman originally theorized the Duchenne smile, which shows both in your mouth and eyes, was the only genuine type of smile. Though that theory has since been moderated — milder smiles can also be genuine — the more intense your smile, the more likely your eyes are to crinkle at the corners.   “Everyone should “100% smile” when they are wearing a face mask, plus make eye contact to show they are not a threat”.

The eyes truly are the window to the soul!

This is Mental Health Week.  These past 15 months have been very challenging and unprecedented times.  We have all taken a hit at one time or another during these past 15 months and our mental health has not been left unscathed.  I ask that you please remember to take care of yourself each and every day.  If you are struggling please reach out for assistance.  As a reminder we offer EAP for ALL employees.  Please access these resources if you feel that they may be of benefit.  Also please speak to a colleague or manager if you need help.  Please do not stay silent.  There are many other resources in our community that can provide help.  For reference the Crisis Line Number at HSN is 705-675-4760.  Please do not hesitate to call if you need assistance.

During these challenging times it is important to remember that we are all doing our best.

We will make mistakes but we will learn from them and continue to move forward.

Please continue to be kind to one another and most importantly be kind to yourself.

Internal Updates

Surveillance Swabbing

SJV/VSGV

On April 27th the Outbreak was declared over at St. Joseph’s Villa.  Thank you to each and every one of our staff for working so diligently during this difficult time.  Thank you for your patience and thank you for the excellent that you continue to provide to our residents.  You are all true rock stars!!

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

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.  Staff are asked to kindly provide notice to their manager once they receive their Covid vaccine.  As a facility we are tracking the % of staff that are vaccinated.

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 May 4, 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 May 4, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 476,692 which is an increase of 2,791 – this includes 432,109 resolved cases and 8,143 reported deaths. To date 5,467,120 doses have been administered and 378,085 individuals are fully vaccinated.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 81 active cases
  • 71 661 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 7,940 individuals fully vaccinated.

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

  • Sudbury Jail
  • 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 20 confirmed cases (10 ICU; 10 other units)

In Closing…

Whether you had your first or second vaccine this month, or are booked for the days ahead, please remember to continue to use all of your layers of protection, to stay small and stay local.


Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Safe Lives!