July, 15 2021 COVID-19 Update

16 July 2021

July 15, 2021

Dear Families,

Today we have a few updates and reminders that we wanted to share with you.  Currently, we do not have any COVID-19 cases in residents/patients or staff.

 As you may know, phase two of the provincial summer re-opening plan was announced yesterday.  COVID-19 and the variants of concern remain a threat.  To minimize the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks in Long Term Care, the visitation principles remain in place.  The vaccination rates in the province are increasing, but vaccination is only one layer of protection against COVID-19.  The vaccine should help protect individuals from getting very ill from COVID-19, however, vaccines are not foolproof, and residents and patients can still become ill, or be a carrier of the virus and spread it to others.  Wearing your mask throughout your visits, inside and outside, maintaining 6 ft of physical distance, and washing your hands continue to be important to minimize the risk.  Older adults and those with pre-existing medical conditions are at risk of more severe illness and have higher mortality when infected with COVID-19.  We all need to continue to do our part to prevent an outbreak.

Outdoor and “Pod” visits are still preferred and are the safest way to visit.  We continue to ask that General Visitors book an appointment, preferably at minimum one day ahead of when you would like to come.  Please call 204-478-6208, Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30 to book an appointment. Keep in mind that we may need to ask you to choose a day later in the week or a time later in the day, as we manage the numbers of visitors on site at any given time. General Visitors may book a visit outside, but all visitors must be screened at the front entrance, not just the person coming in to get the resident/patient.  And all must be masked when visiting outside, including when taking your loved one for a walk.

The forecast is for continued hot weather. Heat affects the body’s ability to regulate its temperature. Exposure to heat can lead to a variety of symptoms that can be mild to severe, and may include: headache, nausea, dizziness, muscle cramps, fainting, and dehydration.  Health risks related to heat are higher for older adults, young children, those taking certain medications and people with chronic conditions, but everyone is at risk.  Drink plenty of water, try to find a cool shady location, and limit the amount of time spent out in the heat.

Thank you for your attention to the guidelines and to your ongoing support.

RHC Leadership