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COVID-19 Update from the CEO – January 12, 2021

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – January 12, 2021

“We don’t develop courage by being happy every day.  We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity .”    –  Barbara De Angelis, Author

Internal Updates

 SJV Outbreak Update

Our COVID-19 Outbreak at SJV continues with only one positive result in a staff member. We are hopeful that the outbreak will be lifted by tomorrow.  Please stay tuned.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank EVERYONE for the tremendous job you have done to contain this outbreak to only one person.

SJV remains closed to new admissions and transfers at this time. All visitations have been suspended until the outbreak measures have been lifted; with the exception being for those who are deemed essential visitors and for individuals to visit loved ones at the end of life.

Staff Swabbing

Increased staff testing is underway and additional swabbing clinics have been set up.  Please ensure that you are following the staff swabbing schedule for the facility that you work at.

For Villa staff swabbing is required EVERY week and for SJCCC staff swabbing is required EVERY other week.

We continue to ask that all staff remain vigilant and immediately self-isolate and report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection.

Provincial Update

As a result of high COVID-19 transmission rates, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, has immediately declared a second provincial emergency under s. 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA).

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work. This order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people’s mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household. In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, do work from home.  Please note that health care workers are deemed to be essential workers and as a result we ask that you please continue to report to work.

It is hoped that these new public health measures will help stop the spread of COVID-19 by reducing concerning levels of mobility as the province continues its vaccine rollout and ramps up to mass vaccination when the federal government is able to provide the necessary supply to do so.  The following additional public health measures will be enacted:

  • Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to a limit of five people with limited exceptions. This is consistent with the rules during the lockdown during the first wave of COVID-19 in spring 2020 and will allow individuals and families to enjoy time outdoors safely.
  • Individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can’t physically distance more than two metres.
  • All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. The restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery.
  • Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.

Data Update

As of January 12, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 222,023 which is an increase of 2,903 – this includes 186,829 resolved cases and 5,053 (+41) reported deaths.  There are now 14 confirmed cases of the U.K. variant so far in Ontario.

Northern Ontario Active Cases

  • Algoma Public Health – 46
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit – 26
  • Northwestern Health Unit – 44
  • Porcupine Health Unit – 28
  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 67
  • Timiskaming Health Unit – 6
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit – 68


Local Update

Amberwood Suites continues in a COVID outbreak – 22 cases (19 residents/3 staff)

HSN is reporting 9 confirmed cases (0 in ICU; 9 on other units).

In Closing…

I would like to thank you all for continuing to demonstrate excellence, compassion, courage and resilience during this difficult time.  Your ongoing patience, co-operation and support do not go unnoticed as we continue our efforts in keeping our patients and residents safe.

As an update we have commenced initial preparations with our community partners for our anticipated vaccination rollout and will keep you apprised as it draws closer.

As community transmission of COVID-19 continues to sour across our province, the risk remains high for all of us.  Even if you have been doing all you can to protect yourself and those around you, it is important to know the symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if symptoms develop.

Please wear your mask, please wash your hands and limit your contact to those only within your immediate household.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Safe Lives!


Additional Resources


Public Health Ontario

Sudbury & District Public Health


COVID-19-Assessment-Centre in the Greater City of Sudbury

Villa St. Gabriel Villa Family Update

Good afternoon everyone

I want to thank all of our families and visitors for continuing to provide care to our residents  and for supporting our residents and staff during this lock down period. As you know, the lock down has been extended for another 2 weeks at a minimum due to the consistent increase of cases throughout the province as well as right her in our own city. We are all now required to exercise extra vigilance in our daily routines both at work and at home based on the Code Grey lockdown guidelines set forth by the Ontario government.

With reference to the daily routine in our facility, changes will be put in place as of the morning of Monday January 11th to enhance our due diligence in keeping our residents and staff as safe as possible. Starting Monday, we will be implementing eye protection for all staff and visitors within the facility where any resident contact is possible. This includes all common areas throughout the building, and any area within the neighbourhoods, including resident rooms, resident lounges, dining rooms, and activity rooms. As with the masks, eye protection must be worn for the entire duration of the visit.

We will continue to ask residents to wear masks upon exiting their room and will also be asking residents to wear masks during the provision of care where tolerable. The purpose is to minimize high risk exposure within the facility. If a resident is not wearing a mask both within and outside their room, then the eye protection will reduce the risk of transmission to staff and essential care givers.

Eye protection  provision and collection will be set up at the front entrance just as it is with masks, and essential caregivers will be given a visor to wear for the duration of their visit.  Just a reminder that each resident is permitted to have up to two essential caregivers identified and that only one essential caregiver can visit at a time during the lock down. Visits are not required to be scheduled but the Lobby Deputy does have a list of those identified as essential caregivers for each resident.  No general visitors are allowed at this time.

Since the implementation of the lockdown there have been questions and concerns from family members regarding the testing requirements required in a lockdown setting. Currently all essential caregivers are required to be tested weekly and show a negative test result within the last 7 days of their visit. For your reference I have attached the Directive from the Deputy Minister of Long Term Care indicating this requirement. Please know that we do understand and empathise with the struggles being experienced in booking appointments for testing in Sudbury, getting results in a timely manner, and the effect this is having on visitations to residents. We are doing all we can to ensure that you are able to visit with your loved ones. At this time our testing efforts continue to be focused on our staff on a weekly basis and on our residents when needed in order to keep our facility COVID free.

Again, I would like to thank you all for your continued patience and support in such trying times and feel free to reach out with any further questions or concerns that you may have.

Stay safe and have a good weekend.

Ray Ingriselli
Site Administrator
Villa St. Gabriel Villa

2021-01-09T14:43:57-05:00January 8th, 2021|COVID-19 News, Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – January 5, 2021

January 5, 2021

“You never know how or when you’ll have an impact, or how important your example can be to someone else.” – Denzel Washington

Although it was the holiday season, COVID did not take any time off. I sincerely thank you all at all sites, all staff, and medical staff for continuing your dedicated efforts at keeping our patients and residents safe and secure during the holiday season.

We recognize that anticipation is high regarding vaccinations and staff have ongoing questions. There are a number of factors at play and vaccination planning is currently underway as per the Ontario Vaccine Distribution Implementation Plan as laid out by General Rick Hillier. Our commitment to you is to be transparent and provide answers and updates regarding the vaccination roll-out plans as they become available.

Internal Updates

SJV Outbreak Update

On January 1, 2021, PHSD declared a COVID-19 Outbreak at SJV due to a positive result in a staff member.

We continue to work closely with Public Health Sudbury & Districts to ensure all measures are in place to protect our residents and you. I want to assure you that the risk of infection in our facilities remains low. At this time all residents and other staff remain asymptomatic. We will continue to monitor this situation in cooperation with our medical director Dr. M. St. Martin and the PHSD.

None of the residents who were in contact with our employee are symptomatic and all are being tested. Our residents will continue to be isolated in their individual rooms as necessary.

With the declaration of this outbreak, additional control measures have been put in place and are being overseen by an outbreak management team. These include the following:

  • General visits are not permitted.
  • Only 1 essential visitor per resident at a time will be allowed to care for their loved one. Please remember that essential visitors require a Covid–19 negative result not older than 7 days to enter the building.
  • During visits everyone is required to wear a mask AND eye protection such as goggles or a face shield.
  • Non-essential items will not be allowed in the facility.
  • Resident leaves of absence are not permitted.
  • Residents will not be allowed to leave the property unless it is for an essential medical appointment.
  • Residents will be eating their meals in their rooms.
  • The café and hair salon are closed.

I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the tremendous work that you are doing in caring for our residents during this challenging time.

Provincial Update

The Province of Ontario remains in Grey Lockdown.

Data Update
As of January 5, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 197,360 which is an increase of 3,128 from yesterday – this includes 166,790 resolved cases and 4,730 reported deaths. There are currently 25,840 active cases in Ontario.

Northern Ontario Active Cases

  • Algoma Public Health – 28
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit – 18
  • Northwestern Health Unit – 19
  • Porcupine Health Unit – 10
  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 23
  • Timiskaming Health Unit – 20
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit – 60

At work I ask that you please continue to maintain strict PPE and infection-control vigilance. In our personal lives, we need to ensure that we continually assess and mitigate our risks in the social encounters and activities in which we participate. Please wear your mask, please wash your hands and please limit your contact to those only within your household.

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

Additional Resources

Public Health Ontario
Sudbury & District Public Health
COVID-19-Assessment-Centre in the Greater City of Sudbury

St. Joseph’s Health Centre 2020 Services of Remembrance

St. Joseph’s Health Centre 2020 Services of Remembrance

It has been the custom of St Joseph’s Health Centre to conduct an Annual Service of Remembrance every November to honour the residents and patients who have died in our facilities the year prior to the service. This year, because of COVID-19, we have opted to pre-record our Service of Remembrance and offer it to the families through our website.

If you have received an invitation by mail with the password needed to access the service of the particular facility in which your loved one being cared for, then please click on the appropriate link below and enter your password to view the service booklet and video.

Thank you and God Bless.

St Josephs Villa of Sudbury Logo
St Gabriels Villa of Sudbury Logo
St Joseph's Continuing Care Centre Logo

Covergalls Workwear donates $3,000 to Villa St. Gabriel Villa for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment

Media Release:  September 2020

Marc Serre, Alicia Wood and Ray Ingriselli outside in front of a gazebo for the cheque presentation

Left to right: Marc Serre, MP Nickel Belt, Alicia Wood, CEO Covergalls Workwear., Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator Villa St. Gabriel Villa

As part of the Covergalls Workwear Canadastrong campaign, whereby a portion of their Canadian made fabric mask sales go towards the purchase of essential PPE for long-term care facilities, Alicia Wood, CEO Covergalls Workwear was pleased to present a cheque in the amount of $3,000 to Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator at Villa St. Gabriel Villa. “We are so appreciative of this kind act and on behalf of our staff and residents, we thank you!”

Information: Tanya Gil-Alfau
705-674-2846 ext.2104

Information: Angie Gilchrist, Programs Coordinator
705-674-4447 ext.t0t6

St. Joseph’s Villa ~ You Never Know Unless you Try!

Media Release:  August 2020

Story by Angie Gilchrist,
Program Coordinator, Life Enrichment

Make no mistake. Not everything is doom and gloom currently in long-term care. As a matter of fact, the front entrance of St. Joseph’s Villa has never looked more colourful. Besides the photo-diary of our time spent “busy” in isolation from March to June, on August 20th the Villa’s Silent Auction went on display. Up for auction this year are 21 framed and hand-painted masterpieces done by the residents of St. Joseph’s Villa.

When large group programs ceased in March and physical distancing became a part of our new reality in long-term care, Life Enrichment Staff member Sadna Hettiarachchi reached out to Villa residents to share her love of art. Painting had always been an interest of Sadna’s and she was eager to be able to pass on that passion and enthusiasm to her residents. “The paintings turned out to be so beautiful and I could not believe my eyes!” And it is true. Everyone was very pleased with the results. “All staff members, residents and family members were elated with the result, taking time to admire the paintings, offered supplies to improve our painting and speaking with residents about their works of art. This further fuelled me to expand the program with more resident, projects and loftier goals.” There was some hesitancy at first when Sadna approached the prospective artists. “Whenever I (would) ask residents to come for painting they say yeah right, I’m not an artist, I’ve never painted.” The residents however would leave the program feeling “amazed” at their final masterpiece. “I can see it brings joy, keeps them active, engaged and for some, a reason for living.”

The art program has also inspired residents to pursue painting on their own with several residents investing in their own drafting tables and paint supplies for their room. When asked about the therapeutic benefits to the program Sadna believes the program “adds colour to their quality of life, helps to reduce stress , overcome loneliness, resolve conflicts, manage behaviour, increase self-esteem, self-awareness and many more.”

Sadna’s favorite memory from this remarkable program: “I have many sweet memories, when I was painting a Dachshund dog with a resident; she was in tears as it brought her memories back of her dog. She chose the colours of her dog, framed and kept it as a treasure in her room.

The Silent Auction will run until Friday September 18th. All funds raised will go to the Recreation Fund that assists the Life Enrichment Department to replenish supplies for recreational programming. The Life Enrichment Department is also currently considering producing a 2021 calendar which will include more resident artwork.

Framed artwork displayed on table
Inside the front doors of St. Joe's Villa displaying the Silent Auction artwork
St. Joseph's Villa Resident painting a picture
Framed artwork on display table for silent auction
St Joseph's Villa Resident holding artwork
Closeup of framed artwork of fall leaves

Information: Tanya Gil-Alfau, 705-674-2846 ext. 2104

2020-10-04T14:59:28-05:00August 31st, 2020|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s Villa News|

Carpenters & Allied Workers Local 2486 donate benches to Villa St. Gabriel Villa

Media Release – July 31, 2020

People seated on benches and standing in front of the gazebo

BACK – From left to right: Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator, Rheal Gelinas from the Carpenters and Allied Workers Union Local 2486, and LEA Kailey Parsley
FRONT – From left to right: Bob Neveu, Sandy Maclennan and Florian Castonguay, residents at Villa St. Gabriel Villa

Gratitude is extended to the Carpenters and Allied Workers Union Local 2846 who donated benches to Villa St. Gabriel Villa. Residents will have the opportunity to finish the benches as an activity and then they will be used on the grounds at Villa St. Gabriel Villa. Our gratitude is extended on behalf of our residents.

Information: Tanya Gil-Alfau, Board Liaison  705-674-2846 ext. 2104

Dr. St. Martin OLTCA Circle of Excellence Recipient 2020

Media Release:  June 2020

Dr. St. Martin OLTCA Circle of Excellence Recipient 2020

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Maurice St. Martin, Medical Director at St. Joseph’s Villa for being honoured with the Ontario Long Term Care Association’s Circle of Excellence Award.

Your commitment to excellence and your contributions during these unprecedented times for the care of our residents has earned you this distinction and we certainly share in the pride of your accomplishment.

Thank you Dr. Moe for all you do!

2020-10-04T15:18:30-05:00June 25th, 2020|St. Joseph’s Villa News|

Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations donates $10,000 for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment at St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa

Media Release:  June 2020

Roger Leveillé, Doug Conroy, and Marcel Charron at the cheque presentation ceremony

Left to right: Roger Leveillé, Site Administrator St. Joseph’s Villa; Doug Conroy, Manager Human Resources, Glencore Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations and Marcel Charron, President of Mine Mill Local 598/Unifor)

Earlier this month, Marcel Charron, President of Mine Mill Local 598/Unifor approached Glencore to ask if they could either donate PPE or provide funding to St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa to be placed towards the purchase of PPE.

Surrounded by Unifor staff members, Doug Conroy, Manager of Human Resources at Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations presents a cheque in the amount of $10,000 to Roger Leveillé, Site Administrator of St. Joseph’s Villa of Sudbury. The funds will be placed towards the purchase of personal protective equipment at both St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa. “Our gratitude is extended to Glencore for their generous donation to purchase much needed PPE for our staff” stated Roger Leveillé, Site Administrator, St. Joseph’s Villa.

Great Canadian Giving Challenge June 2020

What is the Great Canadian Giving Challenge?

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is a national contest hosted annually by CanadaHelps.

In the month of June, every $1 donated (minimum $3 donation required) from June 1st through June 30th using the St. Joseph’s Foundation donation page on our website acts as a ballot to enter us to win a $20,000 donation.

All registered Canadian charities listed on CanadaHelps.org are eligible to win the $20,000 prize drawn on Canada Day, July 1st.

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