National Volunteer Week April 18-24, 2021

It’s time to celebrate, recognize and thank our volunteers for the important
work that the do for our residents, patients and staff.

Thank you for all you do!

Regency Bakery and Doyle Dodge Partner Together to Donate To St. Joseph’s Foundation’s Caring Beyond Capital Campaign

Media Release:  April 2021

Max Massimiliano, Regency Bakery and Anthony Rocca, Doyle Dodge present a cheque in the amount of $2,200 to Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator

Left to right: Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator St. Joseph’s Villa, Anthony Rocca, Doyle Dodge and Max Massimiliano, Regency Bakery

Max Massimiliano, Regency Bakery and Anthony Rocca, Doyle Dodge present a cheque in the amount of $2,200 to Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator. Funds will be placed towards the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury’s Caring Beyond Capital Campaign for St. Joseph’s Villa.

Background:

In honour of the Feast of St. Joseph, which was celebrated on March 19, 2021, Regency Bakery in partnership with Doyle Dodge donated $1.00 from every Zeppole sold between March 13 to 20, 2021 to the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury.

The Feast of St. Joseph is observed by Christians in commemoration of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and legal father of Jesus Christ. Taking place during the period of Lent, a time of fasting, the holiday is traditionally a meatless feast in Europe.

Zeppoles are little fried dough balls that are coated in powdered sugar and filled with vanilla custard and amarena cherries – an Italian delight!

“We are grateful to Regency Bakery and to Doyle Dodge, who are celebrating their 100th year in Business in 2021, for this generous donation” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre.

COVID-19 Update from the CEO –April 15, 2021

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”  – Charles Darwin

The most recent projections released by the Ministry of Health on April 8, 2021, based on current COVID-19 inpatient census growth trends and Science Table modelling, puts the province on a path to have nearly 3000 COVID patients in hospital; and nearly 1000 in ICU by April 30, 2021, as this third wave continues.

COVID-19 has presented us all with many difficult situations and increased stress, which can impact our mental health. As health care workers, the fear of bringing COVID-19 to work or home is very real.  During this time, it can be difficult to find the positive answers to these fears.

This has led to a more general awareness of how closely our physical and mental health is connected. Good mental health is essential, so please remember to take care of your mental health in the same way you care for your physical health.

Internal Updates

Facility COVID Outbreaks

Villa St. Gabriel Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on March 12, 2021.  Updated communication is being circulated as it arises to all staff, residents, and family members who work, reside or attend at VSGV.  To date there are 11 confirmed positive cases – 6 residents, 8 staff and 1 caregiver.   All of these cases have now been resolved. 

Addition agency staffing from outside our catchment area continue to assist with the outbreak covering unfilled shifts.  We are grateful that our health system partners have stepped up to assist us during this stressful time.

I personally wish to thank all staff very much for your ongoing dedication and incredible efforts since the declaration of the outbreak. You have been rock stars in containing this outbreak!  Thank you.

St. Joseph’s Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on April 5, 2021.   At this time, there are 2 confirmed positive staff members on the line list who are isolating at home.

Rapid antigen testing continues as previously scheduled as well as PCR testing as per the outbreak protocol.  Updated communication is being circulated as it arises to all staff, residents, and family members who work, reside or attend at SJV.  Please see your email for additional communications regarding additional precautions in place.

Surveillance Swabbing

SJCCC and the Clarion site continue to swab weekly.  Surveillance swabbing is now only being completed every Tuesday – at SJCCC from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and at the Clarion from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  A COVID-19 Virus Test Requisition has been circulated that can be prepopulated and printed prior to visiting the swabbing clinic.  Please ensure to check your email for the date and times of the swabbing clinics.

Vigilance is a key to safety! Immediately self-isolate and report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection to your immediate supervisor.

Vaccines

Vaccines were delivered on April 9, 2021, to all patients at the SJCCC South Bay Road site and the Clarion site who were 60 years of age or older in line with the most recent communication for vaccine opportunities by Public Health for the Sudbury & District region.

I ask that you 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 April 15, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,087,152 of which 80,201 remain active.  To date there are 23,445 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of April 15, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 403,571 which is an increase of 4,736 – this includes 357,591 resolved cases and 7,639 reported deaths. To date 3,528,404 doses have been administered and 339,491 individuals are fully vaccinated.

A Provincial Stay-at-Home order was announced and went into effect on April 8, 2021.  This order and the provincial emergency shutdown order are in place for at least the next four weeks.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 215
  • 49,289 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 6,729 individuals fully vaccinated.

Current Outbreaks in the PHSD Area

  • Jannatec Technologies
  • Glencore Fraser Mine
  • End of the Roll, Home & Haven Décor Studio Inc.
  • Centre Pivot du Triangle Magique, Azilda site
  • Joseph’s Villa
  • Trillium College
  • Private outdoor gathering
  • HSN 6th floor, North Tower
  • Sudbury Developmental Services Holland Road Site
  • Jubilee Heritage Daycare, Applegrove site
  • Maslack Supply, Falconbridge location
  • Vale Limited Coleman Mine, Creighton Mine, Contractor, Administration building & underground mine site Garson Mine
  • Gabriel Villa

HSN is reporting 21 confirmed cases (6 ICU; 16 other units)

In Closing…

COVID has brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to ‘normality,’ trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the change we need to make.

However, the need to change exists.

And in the midst of these feelings, we are offered a chance to rethink what “normality” will mean to each of us in our personal lives, in our workplace lives and, in our community, on a go forward basis.

Please Take this stay-at-home order as a time to try to accept and plan what your future will look like.

As always, please Remember to continue to put on your safety layers – wear a mask, stay 2m away from anyone who is not in your household, wash your hands and follow the rules and precautions for the Provincial stay at home order imposed.


Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Safe Lives!

COVID-19 Update from the CEO –April 6, 2021

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.  Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

Today marks a momentous occasion as it is the first Anniversary of the SJCCC Clarion site.

I would like to thank each and every one of you for the Herculean efforts you have put into making the Clarion site such a tremendous success.

You have truly made it an extension of the SJCCC South Bay Road site as our patients are cared for with our same values of dignity, excellence, service and integrity.  Thank you and please keep up the great work you are doing.

Please take a few moments to celebrate with your colleagues and our patients.  I am so proud of you.  You are all rock stars!!

Internal Updates

Facility COVID Outbreaks

Villa St. Gabriel Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on March 12, 2021.  Updated communication is being circulated as it arises to all staff, residents, and family members who work, reside or attend at VSGV.  To date there are 11 confirmed positive cases – 6 residents, 8 staff and 1 caregiver.  Of these, there are 2 residents and 3 staff that remain on the line list and symptomatic.  We also lost two residents this past weekend.  I know that you join me in sending our prayers and thoughts of condolences to their family and friends.

PCR testing continues to occur at the facility every 4 days.  The testing will continue until the outbreak is over, as directed by Public Health.

The additional agency staff from outside our catchment area that were secured continue to assist with the outbreak.  We are grateful that our health system partners have stepped up to assist us during this stressful time.

I personally wish to thank all staff very much for your ongoing dedication and incredible efforts since the declaration of the outbreak.  We could not contain this outbreak without your assistance.

St. Joseph’s Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on April 5, 2021 following a resident rapid antigen testing positive when admitted to HSN.   All residents in all units have been swabbed and those residents deemed close contacts through contract tracing have been placed in isolation in Hillcrest.

Rapid antigen testing continues as previously scheduled. In addition, all staff are being PCR tested along with their regularly scheduled rapid antigen testing.  Essential caregivers will receive PCR testing as they enter the facility.  As more information becomes available it will be communicated.  Please see your email for additional communications regarding additional precautions in place.

Surveillance Swabbing

SJCCC and the Clarion site continue to swab weekly.  Surveillance swabbing information is provided via email to all staff.  A COVID-19 Virus Test Requisition has been circulated that can be prepopulated and printed prior to visiting the swabbing clinic.  Please ensure to check your email for the date and times of the swabbing clinics.

Vigilance is a key to safety! Immediately self-isolate and report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection to your immediate supervisor.

Vaccines

On April 1, 2021, Sudbury & District Public Health announced that Sudbury moved to the provincial system for booking vaccines.  Individuals 70 and older within the community can now book online utilizing the provincial system.  To use the provincial online booking system, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/

In addition, Sudbury & District Public Health released an Advisory Alert indicating that all health care workers, who have not yet been vaccinated, can now book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment without pre-registering. To book an appointment, please call 705.674.2299 (toll-free: 1.800.708.2505). The call centre is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

A vaccine clinic was held at Villa St. Gabriel Villa on April 2, 2021 for the staff working at the site and resident caregivers.  Thank you to all those individuals who utilized this opportunity to get vaccinated.  Thank you also to the staff at Public Health Sudbury District for making this happen.

Please know that vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses like COVID-19. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. This can reduce your risk of developing COVID-19 and make your symptoms milder if you do get it.

Please consider getting vaccinated – 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 April 6, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,014,373 of which 58,673 remain active.  To date there are 23,118 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of April 6, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 367,602 which is an increase of 3,065 – this includes 333,576 resolved cases and 7,458 reported deaths. To date 2,545,640 doses have been administered and 322,197 individuals are fully vaccinated.

A Provincial Emergency Break was announced and went into effect on April 3, 2021.  The provincial shutdown is in place for at least four weeks.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 256
  • 32,449 individuals have received there first vaccine dose and there are 3,543 individuals fully vaccinated.

Health Facilities in outbreak:

  • St. Joseph’s Villa
  • Sudbury Developmental Services Holland Road Site (congregate living)
  • Health Sciences North (7B North Tower/6th floor North Tower)
  • YMCA Warming Centre, Samaritan Centre Resource Program and Homelessness Network Day Centre
  • Christian Horizons
  • St. Gabriel Villa

HSN is reporting 21 confirmed cases (9 ICU; 12 other unit)

In Closing…

You have chosen a career in healthcare – it reflects the value you hold for caring for others and is an indication of your compassion. When faced with the stresses of this pandemic, it is important to share that compassion with yourself and take a moment to appreciate how patients, residents, family members and co-workers benefit from the work you are doing.

As new clusters of new cases and outbreaks emerge in our community it is particularly concerning and requires all of us to continue to put our safety layers at the forefront of all we do – wear a mask, stay 2m away from anyone who is not in your household, wash your hands and follow the rules and precautions for the Provincial lockdown imposed.

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COVID-19 Update from the CEO – March 30, 2021

“Blessed are those who have not seen and have yet believed.” – John 20:29

Easter will be very different once again this year. While it still falls on Sunday, April 4, as scheduled, but with physical and social distancing recommendations still in place and COVID vaccine distribution still in progress; Easter church service, family Easter games and Easter dinner will not look the same as they have in years past.

While vaccines are being distributed (and some of you and others within your household might have been vaccinated) you might be tempted to celebrate Easter like you used to.   However please Remember that not everyone in your circle is fully vaccinated so precautions are still necessary for everyone’s safety.

Please Celebrate your Easter wisely so that everyone remains healthy and safe!

Internal Updates

Facility COVID Outbreaks

Villa St. Gabriel Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on March 12, 2021.  Updated communication is being circulated as it arises to all staff, residents, and family members who work, reside or attend at VSGV.  To date there have been 15 positive cases – 6 residents, 8 staff and 1 caregiver.

PCR testing has been scheduled and continues to occur at the facility every 4 days.  The testing will continue until the outbreak is declared over by Public Health Sudbury District.

Additional agency staff from outside our catchment area were secured and deployed last week to assist with the outbreak.  We are very grateful that our local health system partners have also stepped up to assist us during this time.

I personally want to thank all VSGV staff very much for your ongoing dedication and incredible efforts since the declaration of the outbreak.

You are all heroic warriors of this fight as you each navigate through your day protecting our residents, visitors, and staff.

It truly takes a special person with generous compassion to do this work, but to do so in the face of Covid, is amazing.

THANK YOU!!

Surveillance Swabbing

SJCCC and the Clarion site continue to swab weekly.  Surveillance swabbing information is provided via email to all staff.  Please ensure to check your email for the date and times of the swabbing clinics and the updated COVID-19 Virus Test Requisition form to be completed.

Rapid antigen testing continues at SJV Villa site.  Swabbing is occurring daily.  Please see your email for additional communications regarding antigen testing at your site.

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

Vaccines

On March 25, 2021, Sudbury & District Public Health announced additional vaccination clinics for those individuals 75 and older within the community.  Our Public Health Unit has moved into Phase 2 of the vaccine roll out.

Due to the extent of the outbreak at VSGV, PHSD has indicated that they will be coming to VSGV on Friday April 2nd to provide the first vaccine to all staff and essential caregivers.  I would ask ALL staff to please book an appointment and to please get vaccinated.  To do so please phone Tanya at 705-674-2846 ext. 2104 on Wednesday or Thursday between 800 and 1600.  You may also request an appointment by email at covidshot@sjsudbury.com

Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses like COVID-19.

Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. This can reduce your risk of developing COVID-19 and make your symptoms milder if you do get it.

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 March 30, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 971,715 of which 45,208 remain active.  To date there are 22,900 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of March 30, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 347,570 which is an increase of 2,336 – this includes 320,409 resolved cases and 7,351 reported deaths. To date 311,248 individuals are fully vaccinated.

Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) remains in effect.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is in the Grey – Lockdown zone.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 340
  • 26,595 individuals have received there first vaccine dose and there are 2,740 individuals fully vaccinated.

Health Facilities in outbreak:

  • Extendicare Falconbridge
  • Health Sciences North (7B North Tower)
  • Salvation Army Cedar Place, YMCA Warming Centre, Samaritan Centre Resource Program and Homelessness Network Day Centre
  • Christian Horizons
  • St. Gabriel Villa

HSN is reporting 15 confirmed cases (8 ICU; 7 other unit)

In Closing…

We are in a different stage of our COVID-19 pandemic now than where we have been where we have safe and effective vaccines that are increasing the protection for all of us each and every day.  At the same time, we are facing an increase in clusters of new cases and outbreaks, including increasing cases caused by variants of concern. This is particularly concerning and requires all of us to continue to put our safety layers at the forefront of all we do – wear a mask, stay 2m away from anyone who is not in your household, wash your hands and follow the rules and precautions for our grey zone.

As we celebrate Easter this coming weekend, I would like to end with a Reflection for Easter issued by the Catholic Health Association:

“Joy and relief and tears. All at once. In so many moments of life, relief opens floodgates to feelings we were holding just under the surface. Hugging your family for the first time after quarantine. Finding out that test was negative. Ringing the bell after a last round of chemo. Conceiving after infertility. When long waits and hard journeys are over, so many feelings come in one moment. Imagine the wild intertwined emotions of the disciples seeing the empty tomb and resurrected Jesus.

Even now we see light through the darkness of the pandemic. We have vaccines. Spring returns and the Earth comes alive before our eyes. Even now God is turning our sorrow to joy, our desolation to a garden. Our hope for new life swells again, even if the threat is not fully diminished.”

God Bless and please have a Blessed Easter.

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

“No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear.”  by Greg Kincaid

It has been a long and difficult pandemic year.  A bright spot was watching as our residents at both of our Villas received first and second rounds of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Some our patients at SJCCC also received their first vaccination.  Celebrating this progress gives us the hope and energy we need to continue our hard work in keeping our residents, patients and staff safe and healthy.

It has also been an opportunity to learn valuable lessons as we continue to collaborate with our system partners trying to blend together the health care system in a way that’s more adaptive and responsive for what our residents, patients, staff, and family members need.

Internal Updates

Facility COVID Outbreaks

Villa St. Gabriel Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on March 12, 2021.  Communication is being circulated on a daily basis to all staff, residents, and family members who work, reside or attend at VSGV.  To date there are 11 positive cases – 3 residents, 7 staff and 1 caregiver.   All contact tracing, PCR swabbing, and isolation/outbreak precautions have been put into place.  Essential visitors have been notified with the new protocols.

Daily swabbing as per the Rapid Antigen Testing protocol has been paused during the outbreak.  PCR testing has been scheduled and is occurring at the facility every 4 days.  The testing will continue until the outbreak is over, as directed by Public Health.

Additional staff have been deployed from our health system partners to assist with the outbreak.

**Please remember to check your emails daily for any updates on the outbreak specific to the site that you work at.

Surveillance Swabbing

SJCCC and the Clarion site continue to swab weekly.  Surveillance swabbing information is provided via email to all staff.  Please ensure to check your email for the date and times of the swabbing clinics and the updated COVID-19 Virus Test Requisition form to be completed.

Rapid antigen testing continues at SJV Villa site.  Swabbing is occurring daily.  Please see you email for additional communications regarding antigen testing at your site.

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

Vaccines

On March 16, 2021, we received communications from Sudbury & District Public Health to clarify the COVID-19 vaccine 2nd dose interval extension to 16 weeks issued by the Province on March 10, 2021.  Staff and essential caregivers who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on March 10, 2021 or later will be booked for their second dose at the extended 16-week interval. Public Health will rebook all appointments for second doses according to this schedule. Individuals will be informed of their new appointment either through email or phone and do not need to take any actions themselves.

Additional vaccination clinic dates will be scheduled shortly by the Sudbury & District Public Health Unit.  Please ensure to check your email daily for information on the upcoming clinics as they relate to our facilities, as time is of the essence to make appointments before the cut off times.

Getting vaccinated 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.

Wage Enhancement

On March 18, 2021, the Ontario government announced that it will be extending the temporary wage enhancements for personal support workers and direct support workers in publicly funded home and community care, long-term care, public hospitals, and social services sectors. The temporary wage enhancement will continue until June 30, 2021.

 

Federal Update

As of March 23, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 938,719 of which 35,844 remain active.  To date there are 22,716 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of March 23, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 332,119 which is an increase of 1,546 – this includes 309,849 resolved cases and 7,253 reported deaths. To date 299,297 individuals are fully vaccinated.

Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) remains in effect.
Public Health Sudbury & Districts is in the Grey – Lockdown zone.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 269

Health Facilities in outbreak:

  • Extendicare Falconbridge
  • Villa St. Gabriel Villa
  • Health Sciences North (4th & 6th floor, South Tower; 7B North Tower)
  • Christian Horizons

Schools in outbreak:

  • Confederation Secondary School
  • Lockerby Composite School
  • Immaculate Conception School

HSN is reporting 19 confirmed cases (6 ICU; 13 other unit)

In Closing…

This Sunday March 28th is the 10 Year Anniversary of the Opening of Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  It is hard to believe that the time has passed this quickly.  I am so proud to be part of this awesome LTC home.  I hope that you are proud too!  You are such an awesome and dedicated group of individuals who provide quality and safe care to our residents on a daily basis 365 days a year.  Please join me in celebrating the 365 days of care you have provided to our residents.  Hats will be handed out to all staff and residents starting on March 26th to assist in commemorating this special day.  Please celebrate this occasion with great pride.

This Sunday, March 28, 2021, is Palm Sunday – the commemoration of the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem.  Palm Sunday signifies the beginning of Holy Week which continues to Saturday April 3, 2021.  Let us remember with devotion this entry which began Jesus’ saving work and follow Him with a lively faith.

God bless you all.  May the spirit of this holy occasion, the warmth of the season make your heart bloom with joy and happiness. Have a blessed Palm Sunday.

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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 – March 16, 2021

They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.  by Maya Angelou

A year has now passed since the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic for COVID-19. We all want this pandemic to be over, for life to get back to normal, or at least begin to understand what the new normal may look like.

It will take many more months for this to happen as vaccination efforts are slowly progressing within our community. I am constantly grateful for your courage and that of all the essential workers who help preserve our community’s dignity during these unprecedented times. No single expression of thanks can ever be enough to match the sacrifices you have all made this past year and continue to make indefinitely.

Internal Updates

Facility COVID Outbreaks

Villa St. Gabriel Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on March 12, 2021 for one positive staff variant case.   All contact tracing, PCR swabbing, and isolation/outbreak precautions have been put into place.  Essential visitors have been notified with the new protocols.   As per the Ministry Directives, PCR testing will now occur at a minimum every 3-4 days until the outbreak is over.  PCR testing is being completed today and tomorrow for all staff and residents.

SJCCC – South Bay Road Site – The COVID outbreak for the one positive staff case will be declared over at midnight tonight.  A special thank you to everyone for all your hard work over the past two weeks in keeping our patients and staff safe.  Thank you for being rock stars in containing the virus.

SJCCC – Clarion Hotel Site – The COVID outbreak for the one positive case was declared over on Monday, March 15, 2021.  A special thank you to everyone for all your hard work over the past two weeks in keeping our patients and staff safe.  You did an awesome job containing the spread particularly given the physical space limitations at the Clarion site. Thank you.

**Please remember to check your emails daily for any updates on the outbreaks specific to the site that you work at.

Surveillance Swabbing

SJCCC and the Clarion site continue to swab weekly.  Surveillance swabbing information is provided via email to all staff.  Please ensure to check your email for the date and times of the swabbing clinics and the updated COVID-19 Virus Test Requisition form to be completed.

Rapid antigen testing continues at SJV Villa site.  Swabbing is occurring daily.  Please see your email for additional communications regarding antigen testing at your site.

Due to the outbreak at VSGV the Rapid Antigen Swabbing will be paused, and PCR testing will replace the process until such time that the outbreak is over.

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

Vaccines

On March 9, 2021, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, confirmed the province will be following the latest recommendations from the National Advisory Council on Immunization (NACI) to extend the time interval between the first and second vaccine doses up to 16 weeks for all three vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Astra Zeneca/COVISHIELD) to ensure as many Ontarians as possible can benefit from the protection of a first vaccine dose.

The extension to the vaccine program went into effect on March 10th, 2021. Essential caregivers and staff of long-term care homes are now set to receive their second vaccine dose at the updated 16-week interval.

The Sudbury and District Public Health Units continues to release upcoming vaccination clinic dates on their website.  Please ensure to check your email daily for information on the upcoming clinics as they relate to our facilities, as time is of the essence to make appointments before the cut off times.

 

As an organization we are working to build vaccine confidence.  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.

 

Getting vaccinated 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 March 16, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 913,047 of which 31,630 remain active.  To date there are 22,495 deaths recorded.

 

Provincial Update

As of March 16, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 320,448 which is an increase of 1,074 – this includes 300,769 resolved cases and 7,173 (+11) reported deaths.

 

Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) remains in effect.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is in the Grey – Lockdown zone.

 

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 243

Health Facilities in outbreak:

  • Health Sciences North (4th & 6th floor, South Tower)
  • Villa St. Gabriel Villa
  • The Walford

Schools in outbreak:

  • Lockerby Composite School
  • Immaculate Conception School
  • Walden Public School
  • Collège Notre-Dame
  • École Alliance St-Joseph school
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School

HSN is reporting 10 confirmed cases (2 ICU; 8 other unit)

In Closing…

The St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors wishes to recognize and thank deeply every person who works at each of St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, St. Joseph’s Villa, Villa St. Gabriel Villa and at the Clarion Hotel site for keeping our residents and patients healthy, safe, nourished, moving, and hopeful.  In addition, we also thank the families who stand behind all our staff, who too make difficult sacrifices to support you each and every day.

The second wave may be nearly behind us, however the prediction of a third wave appears to be imminent.  As we worry about the road ahead, and as we reflect on what may come next, let us remain grateful to all those individuals who have given selflessly to maintain not only the healthcare but the community services and supports we rely on most. Take a moment to thank them, whenever you can.

Please continue to Be kind and to be patient to one another.  Stay strong!

Remember…   Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Saves Lives!

Celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph at Regency Bakery

Media Release: March 11, 2021

Zeppole at Regency Bakery Sudbury

In honour of the Feast of St. Joseph, celebrated on March 19, 2021, Regency Bakery in partnership with Doyle Dodge will be donating $1.00 from every Zeppole sold between March 13 to 20, 2021 to the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury

The Feast of St. Joseph is observed by Christians in commemoration of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and legal father of Jesus Christ. Taking place during the period of Lent, a time of fasting, the holiday is traditionally a meatless feast in Europe.

Zeppoles are little fried dough balls that are coated in powdered sugar and filled with vanilla custard and amarena cherries – an Italian delight!

“We are grateful to Regency Bakery and to Doyle Dodge, who are celebrating their 100th year in Business in 2021, for this generous donation” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre.

Please support this great initiative by visiting Regency Bakery at 1355 Regent Street to purchase your Zeppole.

Thank you for your kind support!

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

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

You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”  Patch Adams

COVID-19 has been and will be a documented difficult time in our history, but we are now forging ahead and finding new ways to live and function with the virus the best way we can.
Thursday March 11th marks the one year anniversary that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that global pandemic.
Wow- so much has changed since this time last year!!!

Internal Updates

Surveillance Swabbing

SJCCC and the Clarion site continue to swab weekly.  Surveillance swabbing information is provided via email to all staff.  Please ensure to check your email for the date and times of the swabbing clinics and the updated COVID-19 Virus Test Requisition form to be completed.

Antigen testing continues at both of our Villa sites.  Swabbing is occurring daily.  Please see your email for additional communications regarding antigen testing at your site.

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

Vaccines

The remainder of our residents at St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa received their second vaccination this past week as well as some staff members.
Fabulous news indeed!
A special thank you to all staff who assisted at each site.

Additional Community Vaccine Clinics were held last week at Health Sciences North.
Thank you to all staff who made appointments and went for their vaccines.
We are one step closer to helping eliminate the COVID-19 spread.

New vaccination clinic dates are being released by the Sudbury and District Public Health Units on a regular basis.
Please ensure to check your email daily for information on the upcoming clinics as time is of the essence to make appointments. 

Getting vaccinated 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.
As an organization we are working to build vaccine confidence.
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.

Provincial Update

As of March 9, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 311,112 which is an increase of 1,185 – this includes 292,806 resolved cases and 7,083 reported deaths.

Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) remains in effect.
On March 8th, Public Health Sudbury & Districts moved into the Red – Control zone.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 204

Health Facilities in outbreak:

  • L’Arche Sudbury – Jericho Group
  • Sudbury Developmental Services
  • The Walford

Schools in outbreak:

  • École Alliance St-Joseph school
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School
  • Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School
  • Algonquin Public School
  • Jean Hanson Public School
  • Lasalle Secondary School
  • Cyril Varney Public School

Potential Exposures

Potential high-risk of exposure to COVID-19 specifically for anyone who attended Urban Air Adventure Park (1066 Barrydowne Road) on Saturday, February 27, 2021.

Actions to take:

Anyone who attended Urban Air Adventure Park on Saturday, February 27, 2021, is advised to follow public health guidance:

  • Seek COVID-19 testing as soon as possible. In addition to this, if symptomatic or you become symptomatic at any time, seek testing as soon as possible.
  • Even if a negative test result is received, individuals must remain home and self-isolate up until and including March 13, 2021.

HSN is reporting 1 confirmed case.

In Closing…

Building flexibility into our work and our schedules, and creating space for innovation and change, is a pillar of inspiring people and teams.
In the year since COVID-19 changed the way we live and work, we have learned that coming to work and being able to work in isolation or being able to work remotely meets some of these needs, improves work-life balance and eases our anxieties.

We are supporting one another each and everyday.  Collectively we need to remain vigilant and not let the spread of COVID-19 get out of hand.

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

You can help.  http://weblink.donorperfect.com/sjsudbury_CaringBeyond

Your donation will ensure the best care while providing much needed equipment and repairs for St. Joseph’s Villa during this global pandemic.  We need your help.  Thank you. Merci.

Villa St. Gabriel Villa Resident vaccination update

Good morning

We are pleased to announce that Public Health Sudbury & District has confirmed that the residents at the Villa will receive their second dose of the Moderna vaccine on Saturday afternoon, March 6, 2021. The vaccination will begin in the Vermillion neighbourhood at 12:45 pm followed by the Whitson neighbourhood. We will then move to White Water residents and then High Falls.

As a reminder, we continue to see a significant rise in COVID-19 and variants of COVID-19 cases locally. We must to do all we can to ensure our residents and staff remain safe at the Villa. Please practice good hand hygiene, physical distancing, and mask wearing in public and abide by the recommendations of Public Health Sudbury and District. Also it is imperative that visitors wear masks and eye protection at all times during visits, and must not consume drinks or food when visiting to avoid the removal of masks.

Thank you for your continued  support. It is appreciated.

Ray Ingriselli
Site Administrator
Villa St. Gabriel Villa