I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to some much warmer weather full of sunshine. Yesterday, the Province announced the extension of the stay at home order for all of Ontario until June 2, 2021.
Testing Update: The extended rapid antigen testing times that we trialled last week at JMPC for essential caregivers went very well on our end and we hope it was helpful for you as well. We are happy to continue with these new times.
Good News on Vaccine: We have been encouraged this week to hear of the increasing stability of the vaccine supply in Ontario and also encouraged as the percentage of individuals across the province who are getting vaccinated steadily rises. We were also happy to hear that the duration of 16 weeks between vaccination doses is no longer required and effective today LTC staff and essential caregivers can book their second vaccine dose earlier than the current 16 week interval. KFLA Public Health however has cautioned that there may be limited availability for this to occur in the immediate future as their current vaccine supply has already been earmarked for first dose recipients. My recommendation to you at this point is, if you have your second dose booked for early to mid June I would keep that appointment and take no action.
Temporary Switch: We are going to make a temporary switch to our eye protection for essential caregivers coming into the Home that we supply eye protection for, due to a back order of stock on the face mask/eye shield combination product. You will be provided with a separate face shield and mask until our inventory of this product improves.
During the Provincial Stay at Home Order: Residents (like all of us within Ontario) are permitted to leave their home for the following reasons:
o To attend important medical appointments
o To get exercise outside (independently or with their designated essential caregiver)
o To get essential groceries (independently or with their designated essential caregiver)
o To get essential pharmacy items (independently or with their designated essential caregiver)
(It is our hope that these last two outing types will be very limited to keep unnecessary exposure risks low, given that JMPC does ensure food/pharmacy items for residents)
Once the Provincial Stay at Home Order is lifted: There are some additional improvements that you will see. They include:
Addition of 2 types of Outings
o Short Term Outings – Leaving the property for social or other reason but not overnight.
o Temporary Outing – Leaving the property and includes overnight of one or more nights.
Some of the changes that will be occurring once we meet the Fully Vaccinated status: (approx. late June as it is 14 days after the second dose) include:
- Freedom of movement throughout the Home for fully vaccinated essential caregivers.
- Essential Caregivers who are fully vaccinated joining in on resident programs again.
- General Visitors entering the Home (the extent of this remains unclear at this time)
- Return to communal dining of more than 2 to a table
Clarifications received this week: We did receive some clarification this week from
the Ministry, Long Term Care that essential caregivers must be fully vaccinated in
order to be able to have a meal with a resident or to attend resident programs. Once
you receive your documentation for your first and second dose of vaccine, please
provide this to your management contact at the Home.
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