Dear Tabor Village Family Members:
Valhaven Outbreak Update
On Tuesday, June 30
, pending no further positive cases, the outbreak at Valhaven will be declared over by the Fraser Health Medical Health Officer. Since April 25 the outbreak at Valhaven has taken a toll on the residents and staff, as well as all of you who have felt the effects of the devastating impact that the virus has on complex care communities. A tremendous amount of appreciation is due to all of the employees who have been heroes throughout the outbreak.
Tabor Home Outbreak
On Tuesday, June 16, 2020 a resident living on Willow Lane tested positive for COVID-19. At the request of her family, the resident was transferred to hospital. On Sunday, June 19, the resident passed away in hospital. The resident who lived at Tabor Village for several years had previously fallen and required hospitalization and subsequently was transferred to a hospital where a COVID-19 outbreak would be declared the same date that she tested positive for the virus.
As of June 26, all of the swab test results for COVID-19 for staff and residents are negative. There are no COVID-19 positive cases at Tabor Home.
All of the residents living on Willow Lane have been tested and the results were negative. If residents present symptoms they will be tested as has been the past practice since the beginning of the pandemic.
Fraser Health has been working remotely and onsite for the past two weeks together with the Tabor Village Outbreak Management Committee to implement a comprehensive strategy to prevent and respond to the outbreak. The joint effort between Fraser Health and Tabor Village is best practice with support by clinical nurse educators, infection prevention and control experts, screeners, and patient care quality officers supporting with communication to families and assessing infection control practices at Tabor Home. An action plan has been developed to address deficiencies in the audit and a de-escalation plan is being developed targeting June 30 and then July 15 for the outbreak to be declared over.
Working together, the following enhanced control measures have proactively been implemented:
- Swab testing all Willow Lane residents and staff, and any symptomatic residents and staff.
- Ensuring staffing levels are maintained to provide resident care.
- Restricting visitors to only essential visitors.
- Staff and residents movement in the facility has been restricted to neighbourhoods.
- Cleaning and infection control measures have been enhanced.
- Residents, families and staff were notified.
- Twice a day screening of all staff and residents.
New analysis paints international picture of COVID-19’s
long-term care impacts
A new analysis released June 25, 2020 by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shows that while Canada’s COVID-19 death rate is relatively low compared to other OECD countries, the proportion of deaths occurring in long-term care (LTC) is double the OECD average.
As of May 25, at the country level, LTC residents accounted for 81% of all reported COVID-19 deaths in Canada, compared with an average of 42% in 16 other OECD countries (ranging from less than 10% in Slovenia and Hungary to 66% in Spain).
This analysis examines Canada’s pandemic experience in LTC and that of other countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), focusing on 3 areas: cases and deaths, baseline health system characteristics and policy responses. Please note that there are data limitations when it comes to international comparisons due to differences in COVID-19 testing and reporting practices across countries, as well as in definitions of long-term care.
- Compared with the OECD average, Canada had fewer health care workers (nurses and personal support workers) per 100 senior residents of LTC homes in 2017–2018.
- Countries with centralized regulation and organization of LTC (Australia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia) were generally associated with lower numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths.
- Countries that implemented specific prevention measures targeted to the LTC sector at the same time as their stay-at-home orders and closure of public places (Australia, Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary, Slovenia) had fewer COVID-19 infections and deaths in LTC.
Visitor Restrictions Continue
Unfortunately, visitor restrictions remain in place. Fraser Health’s Medical Health Officer Order directs Tabor Village to deny access to any and all visitors to long-term care and assisted living, with limited exception of the immediate family members of a resident or tenant who is clinically assessed to be at the end of life, in which case such individuals will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19.
This has been a difficult time for all of us and especially spouses of seniors living at Tabor Village and their children. We have heard from you the hardship you have endured as a result and wish there were other options available to us to allow visits. For now, the visitor restrictions will remain in place.
Everyone at Tabor Village is doing their best, health care workers are working tirelessly on the frontlines of the pandemic to limit the transmission to seniors and staff members. Closed window visits where possible are offered, video conferencing, telephone calls and other ways of communicating. We hope to continue offering these options for communication in the future.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. The last thing we wish to do is to stand in the way of you visiting your loved one. Unfortunately, when family members do not follow the visiting protocol, the health and safety of employees and other seniors, and your own health and other people you come into contact with is jeopardized.
COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Update
We are pleased to announce that we have raised just under $40,000 for the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund so far. We are especially blessed to be supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Abbotsford Community Foundation. Their donation of $20,000 is going towards strengthening connections for older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.