February 10, 2022 COVID-19 Update

10 February 2022

Family Update February 10, 2022

COVID-19 Update:

Outbreak(s) at RHC:

  • New Outbreak declared late Feb. 9th on A2 in our Personal Care Home
    • There are two residents who are positive and 3 swabs pending
    • At this time, there are no staff positive cases linked to this outbreak and contact tracing is occurring
    • Symptomatic & COVID positive residents are on Enhanced isolation precautions
    • All residents are doing well at this time
    • A2 is closed to admissions
    • Restricted resident movement between A and B side is in place
    • Cohorting of staff to one side as best possible (do not have staff cross between A & B sides) is occurring
    • Visitation is restricted until unit swab results known, and the outbreak is considered stabilized
    • Enhanced cleaning of high touch areas at least twice daily and when visibly soiled is in place
    • Plan meal tray distribution – to avoid staff putting dirty meal trays on isolation carts is happening
    • Daily huddle with staff to review and reinforce IP&C measures occurs
    • PPE education / on the spot correction continues
    • Increased PPE and HH audits continue
    • PPE donning/doffing station is in place in the vestibule outside of AB2 unit
  • Update on the Outbreak on AB1 in our Personal Care Home
    • There are 5 residents who are currently positive for COVID-19 on AB1
    • There are 3 resident swabs pending
    • At this time, visitation is restricted on AB1 until all swab results are back and the outbreak is considered stable
    • All residents are doing well
    • At this time no staff cases have been linked to this outbreak
    • All residents are on enhanced isolation precautions
    • BID (twice daily) symptom monitoring will continue; if residents develop new symptoms, a repeat NP swab will be done
  • Update on our outbreak on CD4 in our Personal Care Home
    • There continue to be 14 residents who have tested positive on the C-side
    • At this time there are no positive cases in staff linked to this outbreak
    • All residents on the C-side are on enhanced isolation precautions
    • All residents on the D-side are quarantined to their room
    • BID (twice daily) symptom monitoring will continue; if residents develop new symptoms, a repeat NP swab will be done
    • CD4 is closed to admissions
    • Visitation is restricted until the outbreak is considered stabilized
  • We continue to have an outbreak on 3E Palliative Care
    • There is one remaining patient who is positive for COVID-19, 4 patients have recovered, and 2 patients have died while COVID-19 positive
  • We are continuing to do BID (twice a day) symptom monitoring because of close contact on a number of units throughout the building

Staffing:

  • We continue to have staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, community acquired as well as staff who are recovering and returning to work

DFC/ECP:

  • Due to the outbreaks on AB1, A2 and CD4 in our PCH today, DFC visits are restricted one these units at this time until swab results are known and the outbreaks are considered stabilized
  • A reminder about the LTC Visitation Principles from Shared Health:
    • DFC/ECP may not eat or drink together with the resident/patient
    • DFC/ECP may eat/drink in the designated spots in the cafeteria, maintaining physical distancing, remove mask and eye protection carefully, including hand hygiene.  After eating/drinking, perform hand hygiene and don mask and eye protection.  Six feet/two metres must be maintained at any time PPE is removed
    • DFC/ECP once screened, are to go directly to the resident’s/patient’s room without prolonged interaction with others
    • All visits are in-room only at this time

Thank you all for your support and diligence as we navigate our way through this Omicron wave of the pandemic.

Be well.

RHC Leadership