“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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