July 22, 2021 COVID-19 Update

22 July 2021

July 22, 2021

Dear Families,

Today we just have one update and a few reminders for you.

We continue to not have any cases of COVID-19 in residents/patients/staff.  And throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have not had any transmission (spread) anywhere within our site.  This is a testament to the vigilance from yourselves, and our staff in following the Public Health orders and guidelines and following the fundamentals.

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 we  can all  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 a.m.-4:00 p.m. to book an appointment. 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. Children under 12 years of age who are not yet eligible for a vaccine are at increased risk of contracting and spreading the virus.  It is for this reason that visits from children under 12 years of age are not recommended. And a reminder that 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, as well as when taking your loved one for a walk.

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

RHC Leadership