“If someone says, ‘It’s impossible’, remember that it may be impossible for them; but not for you.” – Unknown author

Yesterday, the Ontario government announced that the province (excluding the Porcupine Health Unit) will be moving into Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen on Friday, June 11, 2021.  This decision is based on the provincewide vaccination rate and continuing improvements in key public health and health system indicators.  Step One will allow the following:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 10 people.
  • Outdoor dining for up to 4 people per table
  • Essential retail capacity at 25%
  • Non-essential retail capacity at 15%
  • Religious services, rites and ceremonies indoors at 15% capacity and outdoors with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres.
  • Outdoor sports training (no games or practices), fitness classes and personal training up to 10 people
  • Day camps
  • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks.
  • Outdoor horse racing and motor speedways without spectators
  • Outdoor pools and wading pools

This is great news for all of us!  By adhering to these guidelines and getting vaccinated, we can ensure that the province will move to Step Two in 21 days.
This is a strong reminder that if you are not vaccinated to please do so ASAP so that we can continue to move forward and reopen the Province.

Internal Updates

We continue to be COVID-19 free at all our facilities!

Please know that I am so proud of all staff for staying the course and following our internal protocols and the provincial guidelines.

We continue to be all in this together and working through these challenging times.  Thank you for your ongoing commitment and dedication.

Surveillance Swabbing

SJV/VSGV

Mandatory Rapid Antigen testing clinics for staff, students, volunteers, and caregivers upon entry occur each day.  Staff are to ensure that they are following the required testing protocol based on their individual schedules.

SJCCC

Mandatory Rapid Antigen testing clinics for all staff at both SJCCC and the Clarion Site runs every day upon entry.  Staff are to ensure that they are following the required testing protocol based on their individual schedules.  Just for clarification SJCCC/Clarion site is following the outlined schedule which consists of a rapid test every 2 days, or upon your next scheduled shift.

Vaccines

As a reminder, the dates to be eligible for the SJHC Vaccine incentive are fast approaching.  If you do not want to miss out on this opportunity:

  • Get your 1st vaccine by June 21, 2021 and be entered into the early bird draw to be drawn on June 30, 2021.
  • Get fully vaccinated by August 27th and be entered into the Big Draw to be drawn on August 31, 2021.

Look for the “Why should you get your Covid-19 vaccine?” posters for the list of prizes being offered.

Vaccine clinics continue to be offered by Public Health in our area.  You can Book online or call:

  • Main line: call 705.674.2299 (toll-free: 1.800.708.2505), between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Alternate line: call 1.844.782.2273, between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

Help save lives – PLEASE get vaccinated.

I encourage all staff to please book your appointment to receive your vaccine.

Visit the Sudbury & District Health unit website for more details on upcoming clinics and pharmacies that are participating in providing vaccinations in our area.

Federal Update

As of June 8, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,394,145 of which 22,861 remain active.  To date there are 25,761 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of June 8, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 537,076 which is an increase of 469 – this includes 520,811 resolved cases and 8,887 reported deaths.

To date 10,267,613 doses have been administered and 1,174,330 individuals are fully vaccinated.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 27 active cases
  • 105,176 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 23,390 individuals fully vaccinated.

HSN is reporting 6 confirmed cases (4 ICU; 2 other units)

In Closing…

To be successful in Step One of the reopening plan, we need to make sure we are responsible in our actions and that we follow the guidelines that the province has set out.

A higher vaccination rate leads to a significantly better outcome, both in terms of total infections and hospital admissions.

Higher rates of vaccination everywhere will leave the virus nowhere to hide, allowing for a safer reopening.

Please get your vaccination and join the fight against COVID-19.

Staying Healthy and Staying Safe and Getting Vaccinated Saves Lives!