“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