SJCCC Covid Update

With the Province moving into Stage 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen plan on Friday July 16th comes significant changes that will impact some of our facility protocols that have been implemented.

The new directive changes include the following:

  • Rapid Antigen Testing is no longer required for asymptomatic, fully immunized individuals (staff, visitor, or otherwise).
    • A person is considered fully immunized if they have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series) and they received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to entry.
    • Proof of full immunization (both doses) must be provided before entry into the facility. People can prove they are fully immunized by showing the physical or emailed receipt that was provided to them at the time of vaccination. Vaccination receipts can also be downloaded or printed through the Provincial Portal at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccine-booking-support#vaccination-receipts
  • For all those requiring Rapid Antigen testing, the frequency for testing has now changed to every 3 days. However, we still will accept a proof of a Negative PCR every 7 days if you are unable to attend a clinic.
  • All individuals entering the facility ages 2 and up must follow the testing requirements. Parental consent is required for minors (individuals under 18 years of age) that undergo testing. If consent is not given and/or testing is refused, the individual is not permitted to enter the home.
  • Outdoor visits will still be available for those visitors who do not wish to receive a Rapid Antigen Test. Outdoor visits with greater than four visitors need to be coordinated ahead of time to ensure the proper setting is available for larger groups
  • Essential Care Partners do not need to schedule their visits. A maximum of two Essential Care Partners  may visit indoors at one time
  • General visitors must still coordinate their visits through our Lobby Deputies.
    • Main Site: 705-674-2846 ext.2572
    • Clarion: 705-280-7052 or 705-806-0390 ext. 301 or 401
    • Main site can accommodate 2 general visitors indoors at one time. However due to physical restraints, the Clarion can only accommodate 1 general visitor indoors at one time.
  • Active screening is still in place for all who enter the facility and for those visitors taking part in outdoor visits.
  • Eye protection is no longer required to be worn by visitors or staff unless in a room that is isolated under droplet precautions.
  • Universal masking is still in place for all people entering the facility and for the duration of indoor and outdoor visits by visitors.
  • Requirements contingent upon facilities immunization coverage rates of 85% patients and 70% staff fully immunized have been removed
  • As long as the facility is not in outbreak, and a patient is not symptomatic or on isolation protocol, all absences/LOA are permitted from the facility, regardless of immunization status and they may leave the home for temporary absences, which includes absences that involve two or more days and one or more nights for non-medical reasons. Prior approval by the facility is required for multiple day and overnight absences.
    • For fully immunized patients being absent from the facility for two or more days and one or more nights, they must have a PCR test upon their return and isolated until a negative test result is received
    • For patients who are not immunized or partially immunized, and are absent from the facility for two or more days and one or more nights, they must be isolated for 10 days upon their return, with a PCR test conducted upon return to facility and on day 8 after return to the facility.
    • The Facility will provide a medical mask to the patient (as tolerated) and remind them to follow public health measures, such as physical distancing and hand hygiene, while they are away from the facility. With this in mind, patients should wear medical masks (as tolerated) and follow public health measures during an absence.
  • Recreational Therapy off-site excursions for patients, regardless of immunization level, may resume.
  • Activities involving singing and dancing may resume within the facility.
  • Patients will be monitored for symptoms once daily
  • Although the return to communal dining for patients has been permitted with these new Directives, the facility will not be changing the current dining model as of yet. We will be taking a more gradual and cautious approach to returning to communal dining over the next few weeks or so.

These steps forward will be very beneficial for patients, families, and staff alike. Although our COVID case numbers have decreased dramatically both provincially and locally, we must still ensure we do our best to keep our patients safe and healthy. Please adhere to all of the recommended measures for public health and safety when in the community including wearing a mask, proper hand hygiene, physical distancing, and respecting guidelines for social gatherings.

Thanks again for all that you do for those staying and working at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, and enjoy your summer.

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – June 22, 2021

“The relaxation of isolation rules doesn’t mean the pandemic is over.  It means they currently have room for you in the ICU.  Make good choices.”– Wendy Owens Abbott

National Idigenous Peoples DayYesterday, June 21, 2021, Canada celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day!  This was the national 25th anniversary of celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also   known as Indigenous peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

Traditionally, the Indigenous people have held celebrations on the summer solstice, and that’s why June 21 was chosen to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Internal Updates

We are not reporting any COVID-19 outbreaks at any of our facilities.
Congratulations to all!!!!

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.
SJCCC/Clarion site is following protocol which consists of a rapid test every 2 days, or upon your next scheduled shift.

Vaccines

The final day to submit to the 1st vaccine early bird draw is June 29, 2021.   The draw will take place on June 30, 2021.
If you will miss the early bird draw date you are still eligible to participate in the August 31st, 2021, Big Draw for all staff who provide proof of being fully vaccinated by August 27th   

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.  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.

We 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.

What are the benefits of being fully vaccinated?

As per the COVID-19 Fully Vaccinated Individuals: Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance document (dated May 6, 2021):

Fully Vaccinated definition: an individual ≥14 days after receiving their second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or their first dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine series.

The following guidance applies:

  • Asymptomatic individuals who are fully vaccinated with high-risk exposures are not required to self-isolate at home or in the community.
  • Asymptomatic individuals who are fully vaccinated with high-risk exposures still need to be tested in accordance with the Provincial Testing Guidance.
  • Household members of individuals who are fully vaccinated with high-risk exposures are not required to “stay at home except for essential reasons.”
  • Fully vaccinated individuals who are household members of a symptomatic person are not required to stay at home until the symptomatic individual tests negative.
  • In the event that the PHU has information about the VOC testing results that the fully vaccinated individual was exposed to the individual will still need to self-isolate at the discretion of the local public health unit.

These are five great reasons to get vaccinated!

Federal Update

As of June 22, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,409,607 of which 11,029 remain active.  To date there are 26,087 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of June 22, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 542,764 which is an increase of 296 – this includes 530,434 resolved cases and 9,082 reported deaths. Total Active Cases in Ontario 3,454.

To date 12,869,310 doses have been administered and 3,145,372 individuals are fully vaccinated.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 28 active cases
  • 121,845 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 37,183 individuals fully vaccinated.

HSN is reporting 3 confirmed cases (2 ICU; 1 on another unit)

In Closing…

Thank you very much for doing your part to keep our patients, residents, your co-workers and yourselves safe.
Remember, by adhering to the Provincial guidelines, we can ensure that the province will move to Step Two which we hope will be July 2nd, 2021.
Thank you for continuing to stay the course and for being Rock Stars!

Staying Healthy and Staying Safe and Getting Vaccinated Saves Lives!

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – June 15, 2021

“They tried to bury us but didn’t realize we were seeds.”– Mexican Proverb

Today is World Elder Abuse Day – we wear purple today in unison as an attempt to shine a light on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders. Rights don’t get old!

Older Canadians make invaluable contributions to our families, our communities, and our Nation every day.  But for far too many, the sacred promise of aging with dignity in Canada is broken by unconscionable incidents of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.  On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Canadians of all ages join the international community to raise awareness and help bring an end to elder abuse.

Please join in and support the stop to Elder abuse!

 

Internal Updates

We continue to be COVID-19 free at all our facilities!  We are so proud of all staff for staying the course and following our internal protocols and the provincial guidelines.  We’re all in this together and working through these challenging times.

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

The days are counting down.  You only have 7 more days to get your 1st vaccine in order to be eligible for the SJHC Vaccine incentive.

  • 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.  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.

Please get vaccinated and help Ontario move towards Step 2 of the Reopening Ontario Plan!
We 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 15, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,403,285 of which 15,954 remain active.  To date there are 25,944 deaths recorded.

 

Provincial Update

As of June 15, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 540,426 which is an increase of 296 – this includes 526,440 resolved cases and 8,974 reported deaths. Total Active Cases in Ontario 5,374.

To date 11,344,441 doses have been administered and 1,894,320 individuals are fully vaccinated.

 

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 18 active cases
  • 112,171 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 29,245 individuals fully vaccinated.

HSN is reporting 2 confirmed cases (1 ICU; 1 in another unit)

In Closing…

I want to take the opportunity to thank you all for your continued diligence in doing your part to move through this COVID-19 pandemic.

Your compliance and patience with the numerous Directives and requirements that have been put in place since March 2020 is commendable and very much appreciated.

The collaborative effort by all has reduced the number of daily active cases within the Sudbury area substantially.

It is only through the continued efforts of masking, performing good hand hygiene, physically distancing, donning eye protection and vaccinating, that we have come so far in the last few months.

With guidelines easing both within the community and within the facility, we ask that you continue with all aspects of protecting our residents, yourselves and each other so that we may progress even further throughout the summer months ahead.

Thank you very much for doing your part to keep our patients, residents and each other safe.

Remember, by adhering to the Provincial guidelines, we can ensure that the province will move to Step Two which we hope will be July 1st.

Staying Healthy and Staying Safe and Getting Vaccinated Saves Lives!

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – June 8, 2021

“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!

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – June 1, 2021

“We are not yet through this storm, but the end is in sight. We are getting closer every day, and now there is a clear roadmap for how we’ll get there.”

– Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC Provincial Health Officer

More than 60% of adults have now been vaccinated with their first dose and COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations are steadily declining in Ontario  We have all sacrificed so much over the last 15 months to help keep our residents, patients, staff and families safe.  The province has made tremendous strides with its vaccination program, and we are now in a position where we can move forward with a plan to slowly bring us back together.  How exciting is that????  Hopefully enough to keep the momentum going!

Internal Updates

We continue to be COVID-19 free at all our facilities!  This is great news not only for our residents, patients and family members but also for you as staff!!

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.  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, in order to be eligible for the SJHC Vaccine incentive, if you

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

Please Help save lives and get vaccinated!

We 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 1, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,381,582 of which 33,753 remain active.  To date there are 25,547 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of June 1, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 532,158 which is an increase of 699 – this includes 511,703 resolved cases and 8,666 reported deaths. To date 9,202,220 doses have been administered and 739,722 individuals are fully vaccinated.  The Stay-at-Home order is set to expire tomorrow, June 2, 2021.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 27 active cases
  • 118,440 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 18,300 individuals fully vaccinated.

Current Local Outbreaks (as reported by Sudbury & District Public Health Unit)

  • Discovery Early Learning & Care (Main Site in Garson)
  • Outland at IAMGOLD (Cote Mine Project)

HSN is reporting 9 confirmed cases (4 ICU; 5 other units)

In Closing…

Thank you very much for doing your part to keep our patients, residents, families and colleagues safe.

I would like to express my sincere admiration for the outstanding efforts of everyone in each of our facilities. I appreciate everything that you have done over the past 14 months since the pandemic was declared.

Thank you for all your contributions and all the little things you do each day to help in your respective positions.

Many of us may feel a sense of uneasiness as we begin to expand our social interactions having experienced a third COVID-19 wave.  Social distancing measures that limit close contact with others have made it difficult to maintain connections with those we care for —family and friends within our immediate social circles.  This has been hard!

To be successful in this next phase of the reopening plan, we need to keep COVID-19 low and slow and vaccine rates high and fast.   Please make sure to stay the course and be responsible in your actions.

Staying Healthy and Staying Safe and Getting Vaccinated Saves Lives!

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – May 25, 2021

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie, American writer

Last week, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, released its Roadmap to Reopen – a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators.  I sent out an email last week in this regard.  I would like to remind you that this Roadmap is based on vaccination rates within our population.  In other words the sooner that people get vaccinated the sooner the province will reopen.  At this time I would like to thank everyone who has been vaccinated.  I would request those who have not to please contact the Public Health Sudbury District to make an appointment at your convenience.

Internal Updates

We continue to be COVID-19 free at all our facilities!  This is great news not only for our residents, patients and family members but also for your as staff!!

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

With the release of the roadmap to reopen Ontario the focus is on vaccination thresholds that need to be met in order to move to the next step.  The province will remain in each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators.  If at the end of the 21 days, the following vaccination thresholds have been met, along with positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators, then the province will move to the next step:

  • Step 1: 60 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose.
  • Step 2: 70 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent vaccinated with two doses.
  • Step 3: 70 to 80 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with two doses.

On that note, preliminary results of the SJHC Vaccine incentive indicates that we are receiving more confirmations of vaccines.  This is great news for all facilities.

As a reminder if you

  • Get your 1st vaccine by June 21, 2021 you are entered into the early bird draw to be drawn on June 30, 2021.
  • Get fully vaccinated by August 27th you will 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.  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.  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 May 25, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,361,564 of which 51,818 remain active.  To date there are 25,265 deaths recorded.

 

Provincial Update

As of May 25, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 524,950 which is an increase of 1,039 – this includes 497,269 resolved cases and 8,655 reported deaths. To date 8,251,642 doses have been administered and 544,288 individuals are fully vaccinated.

 

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 31 active cases
  • 92,217 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 12,478 individuals fully vaccinated.

Current Local Outbreaks (as reported by Sudbury & District Public Health Unit)

  • Discovery Early Learning & Care (Main Site in Garson)
  • Outland at IAMGOLD (Cote Mine Project)
  • Vale Limited (Totten Mine)
  • Health Sciences North (6th floor, South Tower)

HSN is reporting 7 confirmed cases (3 ICU; 4 other units)

In Closing…

We are getting closer to the June 2, 2021 date for the Stay-at-home order to expire.  We are almost there!  The vaccine roll out has ramped up across the province and the downward trend is promising.  Please continue to remain vigilant.  A few more weeks can only improve the province’s success in reopening a safer Ontario.

Staying Healthy and Staying Safe and Getting Vaccinated Saves Lives!

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – May 18, 2021

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”  Steve Maraboli

 

As you may have heard on HOT 93.5, Doyle Dodge is celebrating 100 years in the community and is giving away $10,000 a month to one lucky charity!
This month, our Caring Beyond Capital Campaign is being featured along with the Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer and Our Children Our Future.
We believe that all 3 charities are worthy, and we strongly urge you to VOTE by clicking on the link below!  Please also share this link with your family and friends!
https://www.hot935.ca/doyle-dodge-100-years-in-your-community-100000-for-your-community/

Internal Updates

We currently have no outbreaks to report in any of our facilities!  Thank you for continuing to work tirelessly to provide our patients and residents with the best care possible.  I am humbled to be working with so many Rock Stars!

Surveillance Swabbing

SJV/VSGV

Mandatory Rapid Antigen testing clinics for staff, students, volunteers, and caregivers continues upon entry 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.  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

Last week a Vaccine incentive was announced for each organization:

  • If you Get your 1st vaccine by June 21, 2021 you are entered into the early bird draw to be drawn on June 30, 2021.
  • If you Get fully vaccinated by August 27th you are 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.  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.  Visit the Sudbury & District Health unit website for more details on upcoming clinics.

Federal Update

As of May 18, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,334,104 of which 67,639 remain active.  To date there are 24,983 deaths recorded in Canada.

Provincial Update

As of May 18, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 513,102 which is an increase of 1,616 – this includes 479,630 resolved cases and 8,506 reported deaths. To date 7,286,177 vaccine doses have been administered and 442,102 individuals are fully vaccinated.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 56 active cases
  • 88,103 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 10,063 individuals fully vaccinated.

Current Local Outbreaks (as reported by Sudbury & District Public Health Unit)

  • Outland at IAMGOLD (Cote Mine Project)
  • Vale Limited (Totten Mine)
  • Health Sciences North (6th floor, South Tower)

HSN is reporting 8 confirmed cases (4 ICU; 4 other units)

In Closing…

Last week the provincial government extended the Stay-at-Home order and the existing emergency orders in place until June 2, 2021.  These orders and guidelines remain in place for everyone. Please continue to remain vigilant.  We have come so far, and a little further can only improve the province’s ability towards reopening a safer Ontario for the summer.

Staying Healthy and Staying Safe and Getting Vaccinated Saves 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 – May 11, 2021

I attribute my success to this
I never gave or took any excuse.”
– Florence Nightingale

National Nursing Week annual celebrations take place this week May 10-16, 2021.  This is the same week as Florence Nightingale’s birthday which is May 12. The theme this year is #WeAnswerTheCall and was developed by CNA to showcase the many critical roles that nurses play in patients’ and residents’ health-care journeys. The pandemic has brought to light the courage and commitment that nurses work under every day and has further shown the important role that nurses play in our organizations and community. I would like to thank all of our nurses for the tremendous work that you do each and every day!  You are all Rock Stars!

Message from the Prime Minister of Canada:

“On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I would like to commend nurses from coast to coast to coast for their vital work, and extend my best wishes for National Nursing Week, 2021.

Nurses are at the center of our Canadian health care systems. They are the smiling faces who greet us at hospitals and clinics. They are the calming voices helping us through our toughest days, and they are the ones who are helping to care for our parents, family members, and loved ones during this COVID-19 pandemic. This week, we celebrate their hard work and success, and we thank them for their many sacrifices and dedication to our communities and our country.

Over the past year, the pandemic has affected all Canadians in immeasurable ways. It has impacted how we work and learn, interact with friends and family, and live our daily lives. Yet, despite all of the many challenges, our nurses have worked tirelessly to safeguard the health and well-being of all people and communities in Canada. Their compassion and strength have helped to guide us through this period.

As vaccines continue to be administered across the country, we will continue to rely on the expertise and diligence of our nurses who play an immense role during this process. They are on the front lines every day ensuring that we all get through this together.

To all nurses across Canada, thank you for your unyielding commitment to our country.

Please accept my best wishes for a memorable National Nursing Week, 2021!”

 

Internal Updates

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/Clarion Site

Mandatory Rapid Antigen testing clinics for all staff at both SJCCC and the Clarion Site occurs every day upon entry.  Staff are to ensure that they are following the required testing protocol based on their individual schedules.

Vaccines

Vaccine clinics continue to be offered by Public Health in our area.  Staff are asked to provide notice to their manager once they receive their COVID vaccine.  As a facility we are tracking the % of staff that are vaccinated.

As health care workers we have a responsibility to protect our patients and residents and ourselves.  Please get vaccinated.  To do so Visit the Sudbury & District Health unit website for more details on how to book an appointment.

 

Federal Update

As of May 11, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,294,186 of which 79,826 remain active.  To date there are 24,682 deaths recorded.

 

Provincial Update

As of May 11, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 497,092 which is an increase of 2,073 – this includes 457,599 resolved cases and 8,342 reported deaths. To date 6,350,881 doses have been administered and 396,787 individuals are fully vaccinated.

 

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 80 active cases
  • 80,568 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 8,529 individuals fully vaccinated.

Current Local Outbreaks (as reported by Sudbury & District Public Health Unit)

  • Vale Limited (Totten Mine)
  • Sudbury Jail
  • Health Sciences North (6th floor, South Tower)

HSN is reporting 12 confirmed cases (5 ICU; 7 other units)

In Closing…

Provincial orders and guidelines remain in place for everyone, even if you have received the vaccine.  Please continue to remain vigilant.  We have come so far, any waver on the current plan in place could cause serious setbacks as the Province works towards reopening Ontario.


Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Safe Lives!

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – May 4, 2021

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” — Mother Teresa

The world doesn’t seem as friendly when it is filled with people wearing masks.  We gaze at strangers’ faces to gauge their intentions, so when the nose, mouth and chin disappear behind a covering, many clues vanish with them.

If a person is friendly, will you recognize it? If you smile, will he or she know it?

The answer is “yes” — it is still worth it to smile while wearing a mask, states body language expert Janine Driver, founder and president of the Body Language Institute in Washington, D.C.

The increased use of proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); wearing of eye goggles and face masks, during your shift has created a new challenge: the caring smiles that you regularly provide to your patients and residents, often a source of comfort during uncertain times, are hidden.

Recognizing who is caring for you, and seeing their smile, is fundamental to providing compassionate, person-centred care.

Psychology researcher Paul Ekman originally theorized the Duchenne smile, which shows both in your mouth and eyes, was the only genuine type of smile. Though that theory has since been moderated — milder smiles can also be genuine — the more intense your smile, the more likely your eyes are to crinkle at the corners.   “Everyone should “100% smile” when they are wearing a face mask, plus make eye contact to show they are not a threat”.

The eyes truly are the window to the soul!

This is Mental Health Week.  These past 15 months have been very challenging and unprecedented times.  We have all taken a hit at one time or another during these past 15 months and our mental health has not been left unscathed.  I ask that you please remember to take care of yourself each and every day.  If you are struggling please reach out for assistance.  As a reminder we offer EAP for ALL employees.  Please access these resources if you feel that they may be of benefit.  Also please speak to a colleague or manager if you need help.  Please do not stay silent.  There are many other resources in our community that can provide help.  For reference the Crisis Line Number at HSN is 705-675-4760.  Please do not hesitate to call if you need assistance.

During these challenging times it is important to remember that we are all doing our best.

We will make mistakes but we will learn from them and continue to move forward.

Please continue to be kind to one another and most importantly be kind to yourself.

Internal Updates

Surveillance Swabbing

SJV/VSGV

On April 27th the Outbreak was declared over at St. Joseph’s Villa.  Thank you to each and every one of our staff for working so diligently during this difficult time.  Thank you for your patience and thank you for the excellent that you continue to provide to our residents.  You are all true rock stars!!

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

SJCCC

Rapid Antigen Testing continues with 2 clinics/day every day at both SJCCC and the Clarion Site including the weekends. Staff members working on night shift will receive their RAT from the RN on your designated working floor.   Staff will receive a RAT card with their results that they will need to be show to the Lobby Deputy when they come in for their scheduled shifts.

Vaccines

Vaccine clinics continue to be offered by Public Health in our area.  Staff are asked to kindly provide notice to their manager once they receive their Covid vaccine.  As a facility we are tracking the % of staff that are vaccinated.

Please consider getting vaccinated.  It 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.

Federal Update

As of May 4, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,194,989 of which 84,313 remain active.  To date there are 24,065 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of May 4, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 476,692 which is an increase of 2,791 – this includes 432,109 resolved cases and 8,143 reported deaths. To date 5,467,120 doses have been administered and 378,085 individuals are fully vaccinated.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 81 active cases
  • 71 661 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 7,940 individuals fully vaccinated.

Current Local Outbreaks (as reported by Sudbury & District Public Health Unit)

  • Sudbury Jail
  • Health Sciences North (4th floor, south tower)
  • Diggs & Dwellings
  • TSYS
  • Centre Pivot du Triangle Magique, Azilda site
  • Trillium College
  • Jubilee Heritage Daycare, Applegrove site
  • Vale Limited (Garson Mine)

HSN is reporting 20 confirmed cases (10 ICU; 10 other units)

In Closing…

Whether you had your first or second vaccine this month, or are booked for the days ahead, please remember to continue to use all of your layers of protection, to stay small and stay local.


Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Safe Lives!

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – April 28, 2021

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”Thomas Edison

As a community, we are grappling with how to nurture and care for ourselves and each other, while understanding the ramifications of the situations unfolding around us and trying to navigate the new reality of what social distancing really means with the new variant.

The rapidness of the outbreak has left individuals and organizations alike grasping for information, direction and actions that can be taken to stay safe and healthy in completely new and uncertain circumstances.

We have all come together as a team and through learning and adapting we have changed the way we work, despite what is evolving in the world around us, and are making a real difference in the lives of our residents and patients.

You should all be very proud of the difference that you have made by living out our vision – Enriching Quality of Life…compassionate care, innovation and discovery.

Thank you.

 

Internal Updates

Facility COVID Outbreaks

St. Joseph’s Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on April 5, 2021 and was declared over today April 28, 2021.  Thank you to each and everyone for all of your extra hard work during this time.

On April 24, 2021, PCR swabbing results detected 16 additional positive cases in residents, staff and essential care givers at St. Joseph’s Villa.  Today we learned from Public Health Sudbury District that the Public Health Ontario Lab made an error in how they transcribed the results of these swabs.  Public Health Ontario has discovered their error and have already put remedies in place so that this does not happen again.  To say that this is unfortunate is an understatement.  For those who received positive results I cannot imagine the emotions you have had to go through the past several days.  I am sorry you have had to go through this.  I am certain some of you are feeling that it is difficult to trust the surveillance system.  I ask that you please continue to trust the system as we will continue to follow our regular surveillance protocols.  As an organization SJV has and continues to take every precautionary measure throughout this pandemic and ensures testing and screening for all persons that enter the site.  Please know that we do this to ensure that we are ALWAYS putting the health and safety of our residents and staff first.  We will continue to do this not only through regular testing and swabbing but by ensuring we continue to follow all IPAC measures, ensure that we have appropriate PPE and appropriate staffing in place.

We will continue with PCR swabbing every 3-4 days.  Rapid Antigen testing will continue as per previous Public Health guidance prior to our outbreak.

Updated communication is being circulated daily to all staff, residents, and family members who work, reside or attend at SJV.  Please continue to refer to your e-mail for updates on this current outbreak.

Surveillance Swabbing

VSGV

Although the outbreak has been declared over Public Health requires ongoing PCR surveillance testing.  Therefore, all staff, students, volunteers, and caregivers will continue with on-site COVID-19 PCR tests every 7 days for 2 weeks.

Mandatory testing clinics will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday/Monday as well as Rapid Antigen testing upon entry each Thursday and Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. until May 3rd, 2021.

SJCCC

Rapid Antigen Testing continues with 2 clinics/day every day at both SJCCC and the Clarion Site including the weekends. Staff members working on night shift will receive their RAT from the RN on your designated working floor.   Staff will receive a RAT card with their results that they will need to be show to the Lobby Deputy when they come in for their scheduled shifts.

Vaccines

Vaccine clinics continue to be offered by Public Health in our area.  Please consider getting vaccinated.  It 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.

 

Federal Update

As of April 28, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,194,989 of which 84,313 remain active.  To date there are 24,065 deaths recorded.

 

Provincial Update

As of April 28, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 455,606 which is an increase of 3,480 – this includes 408,765 resolved cases and 7,988 reported deaths. To date 4,907,203 doses have been administered and 365,166 individuals are fully vaccinated.

 

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 96 active cases
  • 67,675 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 7,736 individuals fully vaccinated.

Current Local Outbreaks (as reported by Sudbury & District Public Health Unit)

  • Health Sciences North (4th floor, south tower)
  • Diggs & Dwellings
  • TSYS
  • Centre Pivot du Triangle Magique, Azilda site
  • Trillium College
  • Jubilee Heritage Daycare, Applegrove site
  • Vale Limited (Garson Mine)

HSN is reporting 23 confirmed cases (10 ICU; 13 other units)


In Closing…

In the past year, we have been filled with enormous pressure and the need to nurture human suffering and loss of life.

You have all shown resilience, ingenuity, and an ability to turn on a dime to adapt everything from outbreaks, PPE protocols, staffing solutions, employing lobby deputies, and creating in-house rapid antigen and PCR testing clinics in the face of this deadly virus.

You have been front and centre in the crisis, under intense pressure to keep our patients, residents and staff safe.  Everyday you continue to shine as a team, and I commend you for braving this storm.  You are all Rock Stars!


Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Safe Lives!