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.


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.

Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Safe Lives!

Jo-Anne Palkovits

President and CEO

St. Joseph’s Health Centre