February 7, 2022 COVID-19 Update

7 February 2022

Family Update February 7, 2022

COVID-19 Update:

Outbreak(s) at RHC:

  • New Outbreak declared Feb. 7th on AB1
    • There are 4 residents who are currently positive for COVID-19 on AB1
    • All of the other residents on AB1 have been swabbed for COVID-19 and we are awaiting further results
    • 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
    • Staff are being cohorted to work on just one side of the unit
    • Enhanced cleaning of high touch surfaces is occurring
    • Increased PPE and hand hygiene audits continue
    • A PPE donning and doffing station has been created prior to going onto the units, with signage in place
    • Staff are wearing N95 masks, full face shields and gowns
  • Update on our outbreak on CD4 in our Personal Care Home
    • Currently there are 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
    • Staff are being cohorted to work just on one side as best as possible
    • Residents are to wear procedure mask (if tolerated) when leaving room for essential purposes only
    • Enhanced cleaning of high touch areas is occurring at least twice daily and when visibly soiled
  • We continue to have an outbreak on 3E Palliative Care
    • There are 5 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, 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

Vaccinations:

  • RHC is planning a vaccination clinic on Feb. 8th
  • The RBC Site at the Convention Centre is open again for walk-ins.  Please get your 3rd dose (or 1st or 2nd dose) as soon as you can. Second dose for 5-11 yr. olds are also available.

DFC/ECP:

  • Due to the outbreak declared on CD4 in our PCH today, DFC visits are restricted at this time until swab results are known and the outbreak is considered stabilized
  • Visits are also restricted on AB1 until the swab results are known
  • 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