“No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear.”  by Greg Kincaid

It has been a long and difficult pandemic year.  A bright spot was watching as our residents at both of our Villas received first and second rounds of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Some our patients at SJCCC also received their first vaccination.  Celebrating this progress gives us the hope and energy we need to continue our hard work in keeping our residents, patients and staff safe and healthy.

It has also been an opportunity to learn valuable lessons as we continue to collaborate with our system partners trying to blend together the health care system in a way that’s more adaptive and responsive for what our residents, patients, staff, and family members need.

Internal Updates

Facility COVID Outbreaks

Villa St. Gabriel Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on March 12, 2021.  Communication is being circulated on a daily basis to all staff, residents, and family members who work, reside or attend at VSGV.  To date there are 11 positive cases – 3 residents, 7 staff and 1 caregiver.   All contact tracing, PCR swabbing, and isolation/outbreak precautions have been put into place.  Essential visitors have been notified with the new protocols.

Daily swabbing as per the Rapid Antigen Testing protocol has been paused during the outbreak.  PCR testing has been scheduled and is occurring at the facility every 4 days.  The testing will continue until the outbreak is over, as directed by Public Health.

Additional staff have been deployed from our health system partners to assist with the outbreak.

**Please remember to check your emails daily for any updates on the outbreak specific to the site that you work at.

Surveillance Swabbing

SJCCC and the Clarion site continue to swab weekly.  Surveillance swabbing information is provided via email to all staff.  Please ensure to check your email for the date and times of the swabbing clinics and the updated COVID-19 Virus Test Requisition form to be completed.

Rapid antigen testing continues at SJV Villa site.  Swabbing is occurring daily.  Please see you email for additional communications regarding antigen testing at your site.

Please remain vigilant and immediately self-isolate and report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection to your immediate supervisor.

Vaccines

On March 16, 2021, we received communications from Sudbury & District Public Health to clarify the COVID-19 vaccine 2nd dose interval extension to 16 weeks issued by the Province on March 10, 2021.  Staff and essential caregivers who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on March 10, 2021 or later will be booked for their second dose at the extended 16-week interval. Public Health will rebook all appointments for second doses according to this schedule. Individuals will be informed of their new appointment either through email or phone and do not need to take any actions themselves.

Additional vaccination clinic dates will be scheduled shortly by the Sudbury & District Public Health Unit.  Please ensure to check your email daily for information on the upcoming clinics as they relate to our facilities, as time is of the essence to make appointments before the cut off times.

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.

Wage Enhancement

On March 18, 2021, the Ontario government announced that it will be extending the temporary wage enhancements for personal support workers and direct support workers in publicly funded home and community care, long-term care, public hospitals, and social services sectors. The temporary wage enhancement will continue until June 30, 2021.

 

Federal Update

As of March 23, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 938,719 of which 35,844 remain active.  To date there are 22,716 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of March 23, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 332,119 which is an increase of 1,546 – this includes 309,849 resolved cases and 7,253 reported deaths. To date 299,297 individuals are fully vaccinated.

Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) remains in effect.
Public Health Sudbury & Districts is in the Grey – Lockdown zone.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 269

Health Facilities in outbreak:

  • Extendicare Falconbridge
  • Villa St. Gabriel Villa
  • Health Sciences North (4th & 6th floor, South Tower; 7B North Tower)
  • Christian Horizons

Schools in outbreak:

  • Confederation Secondary School
  • Lockerby Composite School
  • Immaculate Conception School

HSN is reporting 19 confirmed cases (6 ICU; 13 other unit)

In Closing…

This Sunday March 28th is the 10 Year Anniversary of the Opening of Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  It is hard to believe that the time has passed this quickly.  I am so proud to be part of this awesome LTC home.  I hope that you are proud too!  You are such an awesome and dedicated group of individuals who provide quality and safe care to our residents on a daily basis 365 days a year.  Please join me in celebrating the 365 days of care you have provided to our residents.  Hats will be handed out to all staff and residents starting on March 26th to assist in commemorating this special day.  Please celebrate this occasion with great pride.

This Sunday, March 28, 2021, is Palm Sunday – the commemoration of the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem.  Palm Sunday signifies the beginning of Holy Week which continues to Saturday April 3, 2021.  Let us remember with devotion this entry which began Jesus’ saving work and follow Him with a lively faith.

God bless you all.  May the spirit of this holy occasion, the warmth of the season make your heart bloom with joy and happiness. Have a blessed Palm Sunday.

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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