Staff / Resident / Family Update – February 25, 2021

Good afternoon,

Please find below  updates on vaccination and upcoming changes on Covid-19 testing.

Vaccination

I am pleased to report that Public Health and Districts has confirmed our residents in Gardenway and in Lakeview will receive their 2nd Dose of the Moderna vaccine on Sunday February 28th.

In addition, our staff and essential caregivers will have the opportunity to receive their 1st dose of the Pfizer vaccine in the next couple of days through a Public Health Clinic.

Covid 19 – Swabbing

As a result of Ministry of Long Term Care Directives, we will be introducing COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing at the Villa.  We will be implementing the rapid antigen testing on Monday March 1, 2021.

We will be required to adhere to a stringent testing cycle as outlined below:

Staff

  • Tests will be performed 3 times per week in non-consecutive days for those working 3 or more times in a week.
  • Tests will be performed each day for those working one or two times in a week.

Essential Caregivers

  • Tests will be performed 3 times per week in non-consecutive days for those visiting 3 or more times in a week.
  • Tests will be performed each day for those visiting one or two times in a week.

Essential caregivers must wait and receive their results before direct contact with the residents.

General Visitors (when permitted)

  • Tested the day of their visit regardless of how many times they visit in a week.

General Visitors must wait and receive their results before direct contact with the residents.

Testing is not required for a person visiting a resident at end of life.

All individuals with a positive rapid antigen screening result will be directed to obtain a PCR test through the assessment centre and the positive result will be reported to Public Health. The positive individual will be restricted from the home until PCR results are received.

We will be utilizing the flow chart below in order to navigate when an individual needs to be tested.  You may be asked these questions by the Lobby Deputies:

Rapid antigen screening does not replace public health measures such as symptom screening, physical distancing, masking and hand hygiene.
Our approach to rapid antigen testing is aimed at ensuring the safety of our vulnerable population.
Should you have any questions regarding Rapid Antigen Testing please feel free to contact us directly.

Thank you for your patience.
Stay Healthy, Stay Safe

Roger Léveillé
Site Administrator
St. Joseph’s Villa

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – February 23, 2021

One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others.”  Unknown

Most of us have experienced chaos in some form in our lives, some of us especially in this past year. Almost every day we are reminded that life is so fragile, here one day and gone the next. But life is also resilient. Against all odds, it finds a way.

February 17th marked Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the forty days of Lent in the Christian calendar—a time of reflection on mortality and the fleeting nature of life.

Internal Updates

Surveillance Swabbing

All sites continue to swab all staff WEEKLY.  Please ensure to check your facility’s swabbing schedule to make sure that you do not miss the times and days at your site.

We will be moving to antigen testing at our Villa sites on March 1, 2021.  Information on the process and how we will be transitioning from our current surveillance swabbing to the new Rapid Antigen surveillance program will be communicated as the program is introduced at both sites.

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

Effective February 22nd  SJCCC staff are required to show their negative COVID-19 swab results within the past 10 days to gain access to SJCCC at both the South Bay Road and Clarion sites.

Vaccines

We have received communications from the Sudbury and District Public Health Unit on when we will be receiving further vaccines for our residents and staff.  Community Vaccination clinics have been scheduled by the PHSD.  Information has been sent to staff at our long term care sites regarding vaccinations and how to register and where to get the vaccine.  Please ensure to check your email for this information and to book your appointments.  Community vaccines are taking place this Thursday and Friday.

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.   You are encouraged to please seriously consider getting the vaccine in order to protect not only yourself but also your loved ones, particularly those who are older and our patients and residents.

Provincial Update

As of February 23, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 295,119 which is an increase of 975 – this includes 277,939 resolved cases and 6,884 reported deaths.

  • Northern Ontario Active Cases
  • Algoma Public Health – 4
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit – 30
  • Northwestern Health Unit – 97
  • Porcupine Health Unit – 25
  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 21
  • Timiskaming Health Unit – 0
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit – 257

Local Update

Public Health Sudbury & District area remains in the “Orange -Restrict” zone.

The following facilities remain in outbreak:

  • Cecil Facer (Cottage #3)
  • Pioneer Manor
  • The Elizabeth Centre
  • Amberwood Suites

HSN is reporting 6 confirmed cases (2 in ICU; 4 on another unit).

In Closing…

Not every day is easy, but it doesn’t mean we stop doing our part. Each day that we recommit to taking the necessary precautions gets us closer to where we want to be.  Real progress has been made over the past few weeks with the distribution of the vaccines in the Public Health Sudbury and District area.  Collectively we need to remain vigilant and not let the spread of COVID-19 get out of hand.

Thank you for all your hard work and efforts this past week.  Please continue to be patient and kind to one another.

Remember…
Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Safe Lives!

Jo-Anne Palkovits

President and CEO

St. Joseph’s Health Centre

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – February 16, 2021

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echos are truly endless.”  Mother Teresa

The Stay-at-Home order was lifted today in the Public Health Sudbury & District area and we were placed back into the framework under the “Orange -Restrict” zone effective today.

All public health regions will stay in their level for at least two weeks at which time, the government will assess the impact of public health and workplace safety measures to determine if the region should stay where they are or be moved to a different level. Public health regions will move up through the levels, if necessary, based on the set indicators and thresholds outlined in the Framework.

Shrove Tuesday

Today ends the season of Epiphany and is the vigil for the starting of Lent.  Viewed as a day of repentance, Shrove Tuesday has become the last day for celebration and feasting before the period of fasting.  In recognition of this event, all staff working can enjoy pancakes today.  Please see your site’s internal posting for specific details on where and when pancakes will be served.

Internal Updates

Surveillance Swabbing

All sites continue to swab all staff WEEKLY.  Please ensure to check your facility’s swabbing schedule to make sure that you do not miss the times and days at your site.

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

The SJCCC/Clarion sites have navigated to a new Proof of Swabbing protocol. Effective immediately, the lobby deputies will be asking all staff entering the building to show their negative COVID-19 swab results within the previous 10 days.  You can either have it ready on your phone, or carry a print-out to show the lobby deputy.   For those staff who do not have an Ontario Health Care number please contact your Clinical Supervisor to discuss further:  Stephanie Aubry at the South Bay Road Site and Josiane Charbonneau at the Clarion site.  We know that there may be some hick ups along the way of which we will address as they arise.

The plan is to have everything in place the week of Feb 22th at which time all staff will be REQUIRED to show their negative COVID-19 swab results within the past 10 days to gain access to SJCCC at both the South Bay Road and Clarion sites.

 

Vaccines

To date, we have had no further communications from the Sudbury and District Public Health Unit on when we will be receiving further vaccines.  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.   Again I would like to encourage you all to please seriously consider getting the vaccine in order to protect not only yourself but also your loved ones, particularly those who are older and our patients and residents.

 

Respiratory Outbreak

I am pleased to report that the Respiratory Outbreak on 3rd Floor at the Clarion was declared over on February 11th, 2021.  Thank you so much to each and everyone one of you for all of your hard work during these times, it’s greatly appreciated.

Provincial Update

As of February 16, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 287,736 which is an increase of 904 – this includes 269,413 resolved cases and 6,719 reported deaths.

  • Northern Ontario Active Cases
  • Algoma Public Health – 19
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit – 31
  • Northwestern Health Unit – 22
  • Porcupine Health Unit – 11
  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 37
  • Timiskaming Health Unit – 1
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit – 159

Local Update

A number of facilities remain in outbreak including the following:

  • Pioneer Manor
  • The Elizabeth Centre
  • Health Sciences North (6th Floor South and 6th floor south medical unit)
  • Finlandia Apartment Building of Finlandia Village expanded to Block B Palvelukoti
  • Amberwood Suites

HSN is reporting 6 confirmed cases (1 in ICU; 5 on another unit).

In Closing…

Whilst we continue to battle COVID, we can also now begin to imagine a post-COVID pandemic world, thanks to the amazing scientific advances on vaccine development.  We have a unique opportunity to shape this new world – to choose what we want to keep from our old world, and what we want to leave behind.  This is something to think about…

At this time, we all need to be there for each other.  Please take care of yourself, your co-workers, your friends and your family. On behalf of our entire senior team, please stay safe and stay healthy. We will push through these challenges times together supporting each other.

Thank you for all your continued dedication.  Please continue to be patient and kind.

  

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, Safe Lives!

Additional Resources

Ontario.ca/COVID-19

Public Health Ontario

Sudbury & District Public Health

Covid-19-self-assessment

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

COVID-19 results

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – February 9, 2021

“Each holiday and occasion this month – Lunar New Year, Family Day or Valentine’s Day – is an opportunity for us to either allow the virus to spread or to slow it down even more. The choice is ours to make.”   – unknown               

Yesterday the provincial government announced that it is moving to a regional approach and maintaining the shutdown in the majority of the public health regions in Ontario, including the Stay-at-Home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures.

The province will gradually transition each public health region from the shutdown measures to a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (the “Framework”).

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is scheduled to move out of the stay-at-home order on February 16, 2021. 

 

Internal Updates

1. Surveillance Swabbing

All sites continue to swab all staff WEEKLY.  Please ensure to check your facility’s swabbing schedule to make sure that you do not miss the times and days at your site.

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

The SJCCC/Clarion sites are making a change in how staff surveillance test results are recorded to ensure that all staff is being swabbed within the allotted timeframe.
The same process has been implemented for staff that is currently in use for Care Partners.
Effective this week the lobby deputies will be asking everyone who enters the building to show proof of a negative COIVD-19 test in the previous seven days.
Staff will need to record the date of last test, as well as result, as part of the screening questions.
Please be prepared to show your result.
You can either have it ready on your phone, or carry a print-out to show the lobby deputy.
Further information regarding this new process will be disseminated as the process evolves.

 

2. Vaccines

SJV and VSGV

On Saturday, February 6, 2021, our  60 remaining SJV residents were vaccinated.
Also great news is that there were 6 doses left and as a result the PHSD was able to provide vaccines to 6 of our front line staff.

In addition, all 108 VSGV residents who consented received their vaccine on Saturday.

A huge thank you to all involved for your tremendous efforts.
You should all be very proud as you are not only part of history but you are making history!

Next step will be the second dose for our residents and then vaccines for all staff.
For staff yet to hand in your consent forms please do so as soon as possible.
If you 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.

3. Respiratory Outbreak at SJCCC Clarion Site

SJCCC

Please note that at this time we still remain in a Respiratory Outbreak on 3rd Floor.
We continue to monitor patients and staff with symptoms.
The line list has been in effect since February 2nd and this list continues to be monitored daily and reported to Public Health in conjunction with the Senior Management Team.

Provincial Update

As of February 9, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 280,494 which is an increase of 1,022 – this includes 259,991 resolved cases and 6,555 (+17) reported deaths.  Active cases in Ontario now stand at 13,948.  As of 8 p.m. yesterday, the province has administered 398,633 COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Northern Ontario Active Cases

  • Algoma Public Health – 30
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit – 21
  • Northwestern Health Unit – 16
  • Porcupine Health Unit – 53
  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 41
  • Timiskaming Health Unit – 1
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit – 103

Local Update

A number of facilities remain in outbreak including the following:

  • Pioneer Manor
  • The Elizabeth Centre – Home Area 4
  • Health Sciences North (6th Floor South)
  • Chartwell Southwind Retirement Residence
  • Finlandia Apartment Building of Finlandia Village expanded to Block B Palvelukoti
  • Amberwood Suites

HSN is reporting 8 confirmed cases (2 in ICU; 6 on another unit).

In Closing…

While COVID has brought disruption, inconvenience, loneliness, isolation, fear, anxiety, and will continue to do so, it has also given us a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to examine our lives and make the positive changes to create a more meaningful life.

Another positive outcome of COVID might also be that we come out the other end with a deeper sense of self, a deeper sense of family and relationships, and a deeper sense of community.

There is real progress being made with the distribution of vaccines and new therapeutics to prevent and treat COVID-19. It would be tragic if we collectively let the spread of COVID-19 get out of hand now. Our circumstances in each health unit area may be unique, but the things we need to do to keep each other safe are the same.  Please know that I have consented to take the vaccine.  I encourage each of you to please do the same.

Thank you for all your hard work and efforts this past week.  Please continue to be patient and kind to one another.

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, Safe Lives!

Additional Resources

Ontario.ca/COVID-19

Public Health Ontario

Sudbury & District Public Health

Covid-19-self-assessment

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

COVID-19 results

Jo-Anne

Jo-Anne Palkovits
President and CEO
St. Joseph’s Health Centre

First Villa St. Gabriel Villa Resident inoculated with the Moderna Vaccine

Media Release: February 6, 2021

VSGV Resident receives Moderna Vaccine

From left to right: Steven Harrison, resident and Lisa Lamontagne, RN and Assistant Director of Care

It’s another exciting day for the St. Joseph’s Health Centre family. The first resident at Villa St. Gabriel Villa (VSGV) in Chelmsford received his first dose of the Moderna vaccine. Steven Harrison has been a resident at VSGV since its opening in 2011. When asked by Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator how it felt to be the first resident to get the vaccine, Mr. Harrison replied “it felt really good!”

This morning 110 residents at Villa St. Gabriel Villa took their first steps in protecting themselves from COVID-19. All residents at VSGV who consented received their vaccine.

“Today has been a long time coming and gives us some hope for the future. I am truly grateful to all of our “Rock Star” staff members who have been working full out during the pandemic” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator. “Thank you to Public Health Sudbury and District for delivering and assisting our staff administer the vaccines. Thank you to the Federal and Provincial governments for working diligently in sourcing out the vaccine to ensure that our frail elderly are the first to be inoculated”.

Last week, 54 residents at St. Joseph’s Villa in Sudbury received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine. Today, the remaining 58 residents also received their vaccines.

Background

Villa St. Gabriel Villa has been providing quality and dignified care to our residents in a safe and caring environment since 2011. This year, Villa St. Gabriel Villa is celebrating 10 years of compassionate care for those most vulnerable in our community. The not-for-profit long term care home is located on Municipal Road 15 in Chelmsford. Villa St. Gabriel Villa is home to 128 residents and employs 200 staff.

For further information please contact Tanya Gil-Alfau at 705-674-2846 ext. 2104 or by email at tgilalfau@sjsudbury.com.

First St. Joseph’s Villa Resident inoculated with the Moderna Vaccine

Media Release: January 31, 2021

First SJV Resident being inoculated with the Moderna Vaccine

From left to right: Olga Roman, resident and Samantha Barrie, RPN St. Joseph’s Villa

Today is an exciting day at St. Joseph’s Villa in Sudbury!  The residents, staff and family members at St. Joseph’s Villa have been looking forward to this day for a long time.  The first resident at St. Joseph’s Villa received her 1st dose of the vaccine today.  Her name is Olga Roman.

Today 55 residents at St. Joseph’s Villa will take their first step in protecting themselves from COVID-19.  It is hoped that the remainder of the residents at SJV will be inoculated by the end of the week.

“A huge thank you to Public Health Sudbury and District for delivering and assisting our staff administer the vaccines. Thank you to the Federal and Provincial governments for working diligently in sourcing out the vaccine to ensure that our frail elderly are the first to be inoculated” stated an emotional administrator Jo-Anne Palkovits.  “I continue to be so grateful to all of our staff for the tremendous work that they are doing during these challenging times.  There is now light at the end of the tunnel”.

Background

St. Joseph’s Villa has been providing quality and dignified care to our residents in a safe and caring environment since 2003. This year, St. Joseph’s Villa is celebrating 18 years of compassionate care for those most vulnerable in our community. The not-for-profit long term care home is located on South Bay road and overlooks Ramsey Lake. St. Joseph’s Villa is home to 128 residents and employs 170 staff.

For further information please contact Tanya Gil-Alfau at 705-674-2846 ext. 2104 or by email at tgilalfau@sjsudbury.com.

Villa St. Gabriel Villa Family Update – January 29, 2021

Friday, January 29, 2021

Good afternoon

We have seen a significant spike in COVID-19 cases within our community and we felt it only appropriate to send this message out today.  This is a reminder to our essential visitors and families to continue to practice the recommendations set forth by the Ontario government during this lockdown period. Please only venture out in the community for essentials for daily living, do not travel outside of the region, practice physical distancing, wear your mask, practice good hand hygiene and do not congregate in groups outside of your household. Following these measures will ensure that we are all doing our best to keep our residents and staff safe to the best of our ability.

Our staff and essential visitors are required to wear masks and eye protection at all times when in the facility and residents are reminded to wear a mask during care and when exiting their room where tolerated. In this respect, we have had instances where essential caregivers have been seen not wearing their eye protection and mask consistently and appropriately when visiting their loved one. Visitors not adhering to the proper wearing of masks and eye protection will be approached by staff and Administration to ensure compliance. Continued non-compliance will result in the suspension of visiting privileges. Visitors are not permitted to eat or drink during their visit as this would require them to remove their mask which is contrary to the protective equipment requirements.

Vaccines will be rolled out soon to our residents. The consent process has been completed for them and we are well prepared for the administration of the vaccine when we receive the call from Public Health Sudbury and District. Public Health Sudbury and District will be coordinating and assisting the Villa with the vaccination process and essential caregivers will be notified of the dates and times so that they may be present to support their loved one should they feel the need to do so. The date for vaccinations for staff and essential caregivers is still unknown at this point but we are preparing by gathering consent forms for both groups. According to Ontario Health, it is expected that the essential caregivers will receive their vaccination after staff have received theirs. As we get closer to the time for vaccination more information will follow in this respect.

Attached you will find the consent form required to be completed should you be an essential caregiver who wishes to be vaccinated. Please complete the form fully and completely and drop it off at the facility to the attention of Lisa Lamontagne, Assistant Director of Care. For those who need any assistance with the form or would prefer to fill it out on site, they are located at the Reception desk and we would be happy to assist with the completion of the form.

I want to thank you for your continued support for our residents and staff and thank you in advance for ensuring you do your part in keeping healthy and safe and, in turn, keeping our residents safe.

Have a good weekend

Ray Ingriselli

Site Administrator

Villa St. Gabriel Villa

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – January 26, 2021

 When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid,
the new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

                                                                                                            (Excerpt from “The Hill We Climb” – Amanda Gorman)

A year ago yesterday (January 25, 2020)marks the day that we were presented with one of the most difficult challenges in our history with the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 in Ontario. Since then, Ontario has tragically lost 5,846 lives to this deadly virus.

Since the start of the pandemic, the health and safety of Ontarians has been and remains the government’s top priority. Ontario was one of the first provinces to declare an emergency in response to COVID-19 to protect individuals, families and workers.

We have all had to face extraordinary challenges this past year – and time and again everyone has had to step up and do their part. Thank you to everyone for making these incredible sacrifices and putting in countless hours to keep our residents, patients and one another safe.

Until vaccines are widely available, you are urged to continue to follow all public health advice. Simply put, we must all continue to stay home, stay safe, and save lives as we continue to be part of Pandemic History.

Internal Updates

Staff Swabbing

All sites will be swabbing staff EVERY week. Please ensure to check your facilities swabbing schedule to make sure that you do not miss the times and days at your site.

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

Vaccinations

Work is still continuing within our local public health unit around the timing and distribution of the vaccines.

However we were advised on Sunday that each all residents at St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa will be vaccinated by February 5th.

We will keep you apprised of any new information as it is disseminated and rolled out to our facilities.

Meanwhile, if you are still wavering on whether to receive the vaccine and have questions, there are zoom education sessions available whereby information on the vaccine is being presented along with the opportunity to ask questions. Check your email, education calendars or posters at your facility for the dates and times.

Provincial Update

The Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) remains in effect. The Stay-at-Home legislation is in place and will continue until February 11, 2021.

Data Update

As of January 26, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 258,700 which is an increase of 1,740 – this includes 229,755 resolved cases and 5,909 reported deaths. Active cases in Ontario now stand at 23,036.

  • Northern Ontario Active Cases
  • Algoma Public Health – 11
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit – 3
  • Northwestern Health Unit – 18
  • Porcupine Health Unit – 51
  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 77
  • Timiskaming Health Unit – 3
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit – 150

Local Update

Facilities in outbreak:

  • Amberwood Suites
  • Summit Human Services (group home)
  • Finlandia Apartment Building (part of Finlandia Village)
  • The Elizabeth Centre
  • Extendicare Falconbridge
  • École St-Denis
  • David’s Catholic School
  • Pius XII School
  • Marymount Academy

HSN is reporting 8 confirmed cases (0 in ICU; 8 on another unit).

In Closing…

Most recently Dr. Fullerton, MoLTC sent out a letter to all facilities acknowledging the ongoing efforts of staff who have been working around the clock to contain the spread of COIVD-19 in our facilities. Please know that your efforts are not going unnoticed. In this letter Dr. Fullerton reminds everyone of the following:

Please help stop the spread of COVID-19 by:

  • staying at home and only leaving your house for work and other essential activities, such as getting groceries or going to the pharmacy;
  • practicing physical distancing, which means staying at least two metres away from people you don’t live with;
  • wearing a mask or face covering properly in indoor public spaces and outside any time physical distancing is not possible;
  • cleaning your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • sneezing and coughing into your sleeve;
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth;
  • following all infection prevention and control procedures while at work;
  • receiving the COVID-19 vaccination if you are eligible;
  • staying home from work if you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are mild; and
  • immediately advising your supervisor, self-isolating, and getting tested if you think you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

I am humbled by your continual resilience during this difficult time.  It feels important to me to reach out personally to acknowledge the difficulties and challenges we are facing day in and day out and to say thank you to everyone who has gone above and beyond. I know it feels never-ending but I kept hope in my heart and hope that you do too. And finally, please continue to be kind to one another.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Safe Lives!

 

Additional Resources

Ontario.ca/COVID-19

Public Health Ontario

Sudbury & District Public Health

Covid-19-self-assessment

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

SJV Outbreak Update

I am pleased to advise that PHSD has declared the SJV COVID-19 Outbreak over. This Outbreak was declared on December 31st 2020 due to a staff member testing positive. As a result, all residents and staff were tested and received negative results.

I cannot thank enough our dedicated staff in the continuing efforts they put in day in and day out to provide the best possible care to our residents even during these very difficult times. Once more, their determination to fight the spread of COVID 19 was a key factor in our ability to contain the spread of the virus.

The residents can now return to having meals in the dining room following the infection and control practices that were introduced during this pandemic.

Shutdown Update

With the continued shutdown and the recent declaration of emergency, we continue 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.
  • Essential visitors are to show proof of a negative Covid-19 result not older than 7 days

Vaccination Update

While specific timing for vaccine availability to our home remains unknown, it is important to ensure that all homes are prepared for vaccine administration. I wanted you to be aware we are in the planning stages and will share information with you once we have vaccines available for our facility. Vaccination priority is established via Public Health standards and they are working in collaboration with each facility’s Infection Control Representative.

We are anticipating receiving a COVID Vaccine sometime in the near future, at this time the vaccines will be for our residents only. In order to be prepared to administer this vaccine in short notice, we will be contacting you in the next week regarding consent.

At this time, if you are interested or concerned about the vaccine you should access more information here: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/covid19_vaccine.aspx

Stay tuned for ZOOM education sessions with Dr J McElhaney, who has previously been involved in many vaccine trials, and improving the vaccination process. She is currently involved in an initiative at the national level to increase vaccine confidence.

I appreciate your continued support and understanding as we continue through these difficult times.

Thank you

Roger Léveillé

Site Administrator

St. Joseph’s Villa

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

Ontario.ca/COVID-19

Public Health Ontario

Sudbury & District Public Health

Covid-19-self-assessment

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