“It is easy to look for loopholes, but rather let’s look for how we can keep each other safe.”  Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer

It is National Volunteer Week – a chance for everyone at each of our facilities to acknowledge and say thank you to the many volunteers across our organization who selflessly dedicate their time, energy and compassion to improve patient and resident experiences.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how volunteers have been able to support our sites over the last year, they remain a crucial part of the delivery of care and services.

Internal Updates

Facility COVID Outbreaks

Villa St. Gabriel Villa – The COVID-19 outbreak was declared over on April 16, 2021.

The additional agency staffing from outside our catchment area will continue to be scheduled to assist with covering unfilled shifts until May 2, 2021.

Words cannot express my gratitude to all staff for going above and beyond to contain the outbreak.
Your dedication to the safety and well-being of our residents overwhelms me.
Thank you to each and every one of you!

St. Joseph’s Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on April 5, 2021.

As of today, there are no active COVID-19 positive cases in the building..
However the outbreak status remains in place due to the nature of its origin.
As a result we will continue to  PCR swabbing every 3-4 day with the help of the City of Greater Sudbury’s  EMS paramedics.
Rapid Antigen testing will also continue as per guidance from Public Health Sudbury District.
Updated communication is being circulated as it arises to all staff, residents, and family members who work, reside or attend at SJV.
Please continue to refer to your e-mail for updates on testing.

Surveillance Swabbing

VSGV

Although the outbreak has been declared over Public Health Sudbury District requires ongoing PCR surveillance testing.
Therefore, all staff, students, volunteers and caregivers will continue with on-site COVID-19 PCR tests every 7 days for 2 weeks.

Mandatory testing clinics are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday/Monday as well as Rapid Antigen testing upon entry each Thursday and Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. until May 3rd, 2021.

SJCCC

There are currently no active COVID-19 positive cases at SJCCC-South Bay Road site and the Clarion site.
Rapid Antigen Testing commenced Monday April 19, 2021.  There are 2 clinics scheduled each day  at both SJCCC and the Clarion Site including the weekends.
The first clinic is from 7am – 12pm and the second clinic is from 3pm – 8pm.
Staff members working on night shift will receive their RAT from the RN on your designated working floor.

Staff will receive a RAT card with their results that they will need to be show to the Lobby Deputy when they come in for their scheduled shifts.

Please ensure to read your emails for additional instructions and if you have further questions please contact your Clinical Supervisor or Clinical Manager.

Vaccines

Vaccine clinics continue to be offered by Public Health in our area.  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 20, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,131,773 of which 88,327 remain active.  To date there are 23,667 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of April 20, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 424,911 which is an increase of 3,469 – this includes 374,213 resolved cases and 7,757 reported deaths.
To date 3,904,778 doses have been administered and 346,005 individuals are fully vaccinated.

To address rising COVID-19 case counts, protect people and communities and help break the chain of COVID-19 transmission, the Premier of Ontario amended the current Stay-at-Home order to add an initial 2 weeks to the current 4 weeks.  This will extend the Stay-at-Home order to approximately May 20, 2021.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 171 active cases.
  • 57,899 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 6,983 individuals fully vaccinated.

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

  • Private Daycare
  • TSYS
  • 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
  • Jubilee Heritage Daycare, Applegrove site
  • Maslack Supply, Falconbridge location
  • Vale Limited Coleman Mine, Creighton Mine, Contractor, Administration building & underground mine site Garson Mine

HSN is reporting 23 confirmed cases (4 ICU; 18 other units)

In Closing…

Remember, even if you have had the vaccine, it is still important to continue to follow infection prevention and control measures, as no vaccine offers 100% protection. This means staying home when sick, maintaining good hand hygiene, physically distancing, and wearing a mask when you cannot distance.


Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Safe Lives!