March 11, 2022 COVID-19 Update

11 March 2022

Family Update March 11, 2022

COVID-19 Update:

Outbreak(s) at RHC:

  • Update on the Outbreak on A2 in our Personal Care Home
    • The A2 outbreak is resolved, effective March 11th
    • Terminal cleaning is occurring and the staff will reach out to families to advise of visitation resuming March 12th
    • The twelve residents have all recovered
  • Update on the Outbreak on AB1 in our Personal Care Home
    • Nine residents have recovered from COVID-19
    • Six residents will be re-swabbed on March 13th and pending those results, we will take our direction from Infection Prevention & Control (IP&C) regarding resolution of this outbreak to come
    • At this time, visitation is restricted on AB1 until all swab results are back and the outbreak is over
    • 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

Staffing:

  • We have had 126 staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, community acquired as well as staff who are recovering and returning to work
  • Staff are self-screening for COVID-19 related symptoms and continue to stay home when they are sick

PPE:

  • The Public Health orders are changing again on March 15th, moving us from restrictions to recommendations.  Masks and eye protection will continue to be required to be worn by all staff and all families and visitors at RHC and in all healthcare facilities

DFC/ECP:

  • Call 478-6208 Mon-Fri 0830-1500 to book a pod visit
  • 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
    • 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
  • In addition:
    • Volunteers are allowed to support in areas with no outbreak
    • Short Stay Absences are again allowed with physical distancing, mask use, good hand hygiene, travel directly to the destination and back to minimize exposure and contacts.  Limit to the driver, one escort if required, and the resident, all wearing masks in transport. If attending a private residence, all must be free from illness and no one in the home should be on quarantine or on isolation
    • Group programming is again allowed, ensuring physical distancing and maintaining cohorts.  This includes recreation programming and spiritual health programs and services
    • Entertainers are now allowed, screened, with PPE, but still with no singing and no wind instruments

Thank you all for your support and diligence as we navigate our way through the pandemic and the “next normal” for us all.

Be well.

RHC Leadership