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Villa St. Gabriel Villa News

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.

Villa St. Gabriel Villa Family Update – January 29, 2021

Friday, January 29, 2021

Good afternoon

We have seen a significant spike in COVID-19 cases within our community and we felt it only appropriate to send this message out today.  This is a reminder to our essential visitors and families to continue to practice the recommendations set forth by the Ontario government during this lockdown period. Please only venture out in the community for essentials for daily living, do not travel outside of the region, practice physical distancing, wear your mask, practice good hand hygiene and do not congregate in groups outside of your household. Following these measures will ensure that we are all doing our best to keep our residents and staff safe to the best of our ability.

Our staff and essential visitors are required to wear masks and eye protection at all times when in the facility and residents are reminded to wear a mask during care and when exiting their room where tolerated. In this respect, we have had instances where essential caregivers have been seen not wearing their eye protection and mask consistently and appropriately when visiting their loved one. Visitors not adhering to the proper wearing of masks and eye protection will be approached by staff and Administration to ensure compliance. Continued non-compliance will result in the suspension of visiting privileges. Visitors are not permitted to eat or drink during their visit as this would require them to remove their mask which is contrary to the protective equipment requirements.

Vaccines will be rolled out soon to our residents. The consent process has been completed for them and we are well prepared for the administration of the vaccine when we receive the call from Public Health Sudbury and District. Public Health Sudbury and District will be coordinating and assisting the Villa with the vaccination process and essential caregivers will be notified of the dates and times so that they may be present to support their loved one should they feel the need to do so. The date for vaccinations for staff and essential caregivers is still unknown at this point but we are preparing by gathering consent forms for both groups. According to Ontario Health, it is expected that the essential caregivers will receive their vaccination after staff have received theirs. As we get closer to the time for vaccination more information will follow in this respect.

Attached you will find the consent form required to be completed should you be an essential caregiver who wishes to be vaccinated. Please complete the form fully and completely and drop it off at the facility to the attention of Lisa Lamontagne, Assistant Director of Care. For those who need any assistance with the form or would prefer to fill it out on site, they are located at the Reception desk and we would be happy to assist with the completion of the form.

I want to thank you for your continued support for our residents and staff and thank you in advance for ensuring you do your part in keeping healthy and safe and, in turn, keeping our residents safe.

Have a good weekend

Ray Ingriselli

Site Administrator

Villa St. Gabriel Villa