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Villa St. Gabriel Villa Resident vaccination update

Good morning

We are pleased to announce that Public Health Sudbury & District has confirmed that the residents at the Villa will receive their second dose of the Moderna vaccine on Saturday afternoon, March 6, 2021. The vaccination will begin in the Vermillion neighbourhood at 12:45 pm followed by the Whitson neighbourhood. We will then move to White Water residents and then High Falls.

As a reminder, we continue to see a significant rise in COVID-19 and variants of COVID-19 cases locally. We must to do all we can to ensure our residents and staff remain safe at the Villa. Please practice good hand hygiene, physical distancing, and mask wearing in public and abide by the recommendations of Public Health Sudbury and District. Also it is imperative that visitors wear masks and eye protection at all times during visits, and must not consume drinks or food when visiting to avoid the removal of masks.

Thank you for your continued  support. It is appreciated.

Ray Ingriselli
Site Administrator
Villa St. Gabriel Villa

Update – SJV Staff / Residents / Families – March 5 2021

Good afternoon,

We are pleased to announce that Public Health & Districts has now confirmed that the residents in our Sunnyside and Hillcrest neighbourhoods will received their second dose of the Moderna vaccine on Saturday March 6, 2021.

With the significant rise in COVID-19 and variants of COVID-19 cases locally, we must continue to do all we can to ensure our residents and staff remain safe at the Villa. Please practice good hand hygiene, physical distancing, and mask wearing in public and abide by the recommendations of Public Health Sudbury and District. Also it is imperative that visitors wear masks and eye protection at all times during visits, and must not consume drinks or food when visiting to avoid the removal of masks.

Thank you for your continued  support. It is appreciated.

Roger Léveillé
Site Administrator
St. Joseph’s Villa

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – March 3, 2021

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes.” — Anne Lamott

Internal Updates

Surveillance Swabbing

SJCCC and the Clarion site continue to swab weekly.  Please ensure to check your email for the date and times of the swabbing clinics so you do not miss the times and days at your site.

We have moved to antigen testing at our Villa sites on March 1, 2021.  At these sites we are swabbing every day.

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

Vaccines

Many of our staff were vaccinated at the Community Vaccine Clinic at the Carmichael Arena last week on Thursday and Friday.  Thank you to all staff who made appointments and went for their vaccines.  We are one step closer to helping eliminate the COVID-19 spread.

New vaccination clinic dates are being released by the Sudbury and District Public Health Units.  Please ensure to check your email daily for information on the upcoming clinics as time is of the essence to make appointments before the cut off times.

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 get 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 March 3, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 303,763 which is an increase of 958 – this includes 286,352 resolved cases and 7,014 reported deaths.

Northern Ontario Active Cases

  • Algoma Public Health – 5 (Yellow Zone)
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit – 5 (Stay-at-home order)
  • Northwestern Health Unit – 480 (Yellow Zone)
  • Porcupine Health Unit – 15 (Orange Zone)
  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 98 (Orange Zone)
  • Timiskaming Health Unit – 2 (Green Zone)
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit – 374 (Grey-Lockdown)

 

Local Update

Health Facilities in outbreak:

  • Sudbury Developmental Services
  • The Walford

Schools in outbreak:

  • Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School
  • Algonquin Public School
  • Jean Hanson Public School
  • Lasalle Secondary School
  • Cyril Varney Public School

HSN is reporting no confirmed COVID-19 cases.

In Closing…

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it prolongs the need to maintain physical distancing practices in tandem with adherence to lockdown protocols restricting in-person interactions in order to prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus. While these measures help to keep our communities, families and workplaces safe, it brings with it unique challenges such as loss of routines, isolation fatigue and loneliness. In the face of these challenges, it is even more important for us to practice self-care strategies and to nurture the positive relationships and connections in our lives.

Traditions are important – you are reminded to keep to your routines, as much as you can; keep exercising; and celebrate with friends and family virtually.

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.

Remember…  

Staying Healthy and Staying 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

Villa St. Gabriel Villa Family update- Rapid Antigen Testing

Good afternoon everyone.

As a result of Ministry of Long Term Care Directives, we will be introducing COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing at the Villa.  We will be implementing the rapid antigen testing on Monday March 1, 2021.

We will be required to adhere to a stringent testing cycle as outlined below:

Staff

  • Tests will be performed 3 times per week in non-consecutive days for those working 3 or more times in a week.
  • Tests will be performed each day for those working one or two times in a week.

Essential Caregivers

  • Tests will be performed 3 times per week in non-consecutive days for those visiting 3 or more times in a week.
  • Tests will be performed each day for those visiting one or two times in a week.

Essential caregivers must wait and receive their results before direct contact with the residents.

General Visitors (when permitted)

  • Tested the day of their visit regardless of how many times they visit in a week.

General Visitors must wait and receive their results before direct contact with the residents.

Testing is not required for a person visiting a resident at end of life.

All individuals with a positive rapid antigen screening result will be directed to obtain a PCR test through the assessment centre and the positive result will be reported to Public Health. The positive individual will be restricted from the home until PCR results are received.

We will be utilizing the flow chart below in order to navigate when an individual needs to be tested.  You may be asked these questions by the Lobby Deputies:

Rapid antigen screening does not replace Public Health measures such as symptom screening, physical distancing, masking and hand hygiene.

Our approach to Rapid Antigen Testing is aimed at ensuring the safety of our vulnerable population.

Should you have any questions regarding Rapid Antigen Testing please feel free to contact us directly.

Thank you for your patience.

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe

Ray Ingriselli
Site Administrator
Villa St. Gabriel Villa

Staff / Resident / Family Update – February 25, 2021

Good afternoon,

Please find below  updates on vaccination and upcoming changes on Covid-19 testing.

Vaccination

I am pleased to report that Public Health and Districts has confirmed our residents in Gardenway and in Lakeview will receive their 2nd Dose of the Moderna vaccine on Sunday February 28th.

In addition, our staff and essential caregivers will have the opportunity to receive their 1st dose of the Pfizer vaccine in the next couple of days through a Public Health Clinic.

Covid 19 – Swabbing

As a result of Ministry of Long Term Care Directives, we will be introducing COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing at the Villa.  We will be implementing the rapid antigen testing on Monday March 1, 2021.

We will be required to adhere to a stringent testing cycle as outlined below:

Staff

  • Tests will be performed 3 times per week in non-consecutive days for those working 3 or more times in a week.
  • Tests will be performed each day for those working one or two times in a week.

Essential Caregivers

  • Tests will be performed 3 times per week in non-consecutive days for those visiting 3 or more times in a week.
  • Tests will be performed each day for those visiting one or two times in a week.

Essential caregivers must wait and receive their results before direct contact with the residents.

General Visitors (when permitted)

  • Tested the day of their visit regardless of how many times they visit in a week.

General Visitors must wait and receive their results before direct contact with the residents.

Testing is not required for a person visiting a resident at end of life.

All individuals with a positive rapid antigen screening result will be directed to obtain a PCR test through the assessment centre and the positive result will be reported to Public Health. The positive individual will be restricted from the home until PCR results are received.

We will be utilizing the flow chart below in order to navigate when an individual needs to be tested.  You may be asked these questions by the Lobby Deputies:

Rapid antigen screening does not replace public health measures such as symptom screening, physical distancing, masking and hand hygiene.
Our approach to rapid antigen testing is aimed at ensuring the safety of our vulnerable population.
Should you have any questions regarding Rapid Antigen Testing please feel free to contact us directly.

Thank you for your patience.
Stay Healthy, Stay Safe

Roger Léveillé
Site Administrator
St. Joseph’s Villa

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – February 23, 2021

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.

Vaccines

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.

Remember…
Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Safe Lives!

Jo-Anne Palkovits

President and CEO

St. Joseph’s Health Centre

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – February 16, 2021

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echos are truly endless.”  Mother Teresa

The Stay-at-Home order was lifted today in the Public Health Sudbury & District area and we were placed back into the framework under the “Orange -Restrict” zone effective today.

All public health regions will stay in their level for at least two weeks at which time, the government will assess the impact of public health and workplace safety measures to determine if the region should stay where they are or be moved to a different level. Public health regions will move up through the levels, if necessary, based on the set indicators and thresholds outlined in the Framework.

Shrove Tuesday

Today ends the season of Epiphany and is the vigil for the starting of Lent.  Viewed as a day of repentance, Shrove Tuesday has become the last day for celebration and feasting before the period of fasting.  In recognition of this event, all staff working can enjoy pancakes today.  Please see your site’s internal posting for specific details on where and when pancakes will be served.

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.

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

The SJCCC/Clarion sites have navigated to a new Proof of Swabbing protocol. Effective immediately, the lobby deputies will be asking all staff entering the building to show their negative COVID-19 swab results within the previous 10 days.  You can either have it ready on your phone, or carry a print-out to show the lobby deputy.   For those staff who do not have an Ontario Health Care number please contact your Clinical Supervisor to discuss further:  Stephanie Aubry at the South Bay Road Site and Josiane Charbonneau at the Clarion site.  We know that there may be some hick ups along the way of which we will address as they arise.

The plan is to have everything in place the week of Feb 22th at which time all staff will be 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.

 

Vaccines

To date, we have had no further communications from the Sudbury and District Public Health Unit on when we will be receiving further vaccines.  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.   Again I would like to encourage you all 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.

 

Respiratory Outbreak

I am pleased to report that the Respiratory Outbreak on 3rd Floor at the Clarion was declared over on February 11th, 2021.  Thank you so much to each and everyone one of you for all of your hard work during these times, it’s greatly appreciated.

Provincial Update

As of February 16, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 287,736 which is an increase of 904 – this includes 269,413 resolved cases and 6,719 reported deaths.

  • Northern Ontario Active Cases
  • Algoma Public Health – 19
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit – 31
  • Northwestern Health Unit – 22
  • Porcupine Health Unit – 11
  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 37
  • Timiskaming Health Unit – 1
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit – 159

Local Update

A number of facilities remain in outbreak including the following:

  • Pioneer Manor
  • The Elizabeth Centre
  • Health Sciences North (6th Floor South and 6th floor south medical unit)
  • Finlandia Apartment Building of Finlandia Village expanded to Block B Palvelukoti
  • Amberwood Suites

HSN is reporting 6 confirmed cases (1 in ICU; 5 on another unit).

In Closing…

Whilst we continue to battle COVID, we can also now begin to imagine a post-COVID pandemic world, thanks to the amazing scientific advances on vaccine development.  We have a unique opportunity to shape this new world – to choose what we want to keep from our old world, and what we want to leave behind.  This is something to think about…

At this time, we all need to be there for each other.  Please take care of yourself, your co-workers, your friends and your family. On behalf of our entire senior team, please stay safe and stay healthy. We will push through these challenges times together supporting each other.

Thank you for all your continued dedication.  Please continue to be patient and kind.

  

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

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – February 9, 2021

“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

First Villa St. Gabriel Villa Resident inoculated with the Moderna Vaccine

Media Release: February 6, 2021

VSGV Resident receives Moderna Vaccine

From left to right: Steven Harrison, resident and Lisa Lamontagne, RN and Assistant Director of Care

It’s another exciting day for the St. Joseph’s Health Centre family. The first resident at Villa St. Gabriel Villa (VSGV) in Chelmsford received his first dose of the Moderna vaccine. Steven Harrison has been a resident at VSGV since its opening in 2011. When asked by Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator how it felt to be the first resident to get the vaccine, Mr. Harrison replied “it felt really good!”

This morning 110 residents at Villa St. Gabriel Villa took their first steps in protecting themselves from COVID-19. All residents at VSGV who consented received their vaccine.

“Today has been a long time coming and gives us some hope for the future. I am truly grateful to all of our “Rock Star” staff members who have been working full out during the pandemic” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator. “Thank you to Public Health Sudbury and District for delivering and assisting our staff administer the vaccines. Thank you to the Federal and Provincial governments for working diligently in sourcing out the vaccine to ensure that our frail elderly are the first to be inoculated”.

Last week, 54 residents at St. Joseph’s Villa in Sudbury received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine. Today, the remaining 58 residents also received their vaccines.

Background

Villa St. Gabriel Villa has been providing quality and dignified care to our residents in a safe and caring environment since 2011. This year, Villa St. Gabriel Villa is celebrating 10 years of compassionate care for those most vulnerable in our community. The not-for-profit long term care home is located on Municipal Road 15 in Chelmsford. Villa St. Gabriel Villa is home to 128 residents and employs 200 staff.

For further information please contact Tanya Gil-Alfau at 705-674-2846 ext. 2104 or by email at tgilalfau@sjsudbury.com.

First St. Joseph’s Villa Resident inoculated with the Moderna Vaccine

Media Release: January 31, 2021

First SJV Resident being inoculated with the Moderna Vaccine

From left to right: Olga Roman, resident and Samantha Barrie, RPN St. Joseph’s Villa

Today is an exciting day at St. Joseph’s Villa in Sudbury!  The residents, staff and family members at St. Joseph’s Villa have been looking forward to this day for a long time.  The first resident at St. Joseph’s Villa received her 1st dose of the vaccine today.  Her name is Olga Roman.

Today 55 residents at St. Joseph’s Villa will take their first step in protecting themselves from COVID-19.  It is hoped that the remainder of the residents at SJV will be inoculated by the end of the week.

“A huge thank you to Public Health Sudbury and District for delivering and assisting our staff administer the vaccines. Thank you to the Federal and Provincial governments for working diligently in sourcing out the vaccine to ensure that our frail elderly are the first to be inoculated” stated an emotional administrator Jo-Anne Palkovits.  “I continue to be so grateful to all of our staff for the tremendous work that they are doing during these challenging times.  There is now light at the end of the tunnel”.

Background

St. Joseph’s Villa has been providing quality and dignified care to our residents in a safe and caring environment since 2003. This year, St. Joseph’s Villa is celebrating 18 years of compassionate care for those most vulnerable in our community. The not-for-profit long term care home is located on South Bay road and overlooks Ramsey Lake. St. Joseph’s Villa is home to 128 residents and employs 170 staff.

For further information please contact Tanya Gil-Alfau at 705-674-2846 ext. 2104 or by email at tgilalfau@sjsudbury.com.