To: Families & Family Councils (Villa St. Gabriel’s Villa & St. Joseph’s Villa)
Re: Updated Staff & Visitors Covid-19 Immunization Policy
Dear Family Members / Essential Caregivers:
As you are all aware, we are currently in the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario, driven by the Delta variant which is now the predominant strain circulating in Ontario. The Delta variant is more transmissible and may cause more severe disease than the previous strains for the residents living in our long-term care homes, even those who are fully vaccinated.
To this end, we continue to encourage all individuals to get vaccinated as this protects you and your family.
Additionally, in order to balance our residents’ rights to receive visitors of their choice and the right to live in a safe environment, we have revisited our Staff and Visitor(s) COVID-19 Immunization Policy and examined reasonable alternative procedures to ensure the safety of our residents and staff if we allowed unvaccinated essential caregivers/visitors into the facility. As a result of this careful review, the following updated policy has been adopted to provide detailed guidance for Essential Visitors and Essential Caregivers when visiting the Villas. (*Please see attached Policy)
This policy is subject to change due to Ministry directives and/or further Covid-19 outbreaks.
We acknowledge the challenges this pandemic has posed for residents, families and staff and appreciate your continued collaboration in ensuring the health and safety of your loved ones residing in our care is maintained.
David Paquette
Interim CEO