Happy New Year!  We hope you all have been able to stay safe over the holidays.  The COVID-19 positivity rate in the community is slowly declining, but it is still quite high.  We all hope and pray that we do not experience a surge in numbers due to the holidays.  This would help us in keeping residents and staff safe.

The following is provided for information only:

 Outbreak Status at Actionmarguerite facilities

As of yesterday, all three of our personal care homes are no longer in an outbreak.  We hope this continues as we continue to implement strict infection control protocols and limit visitor access.  Admissions have resumed while ensuring that we mitigate all risks to the personal care homes.  All new admissions are required to be isolated for 14 days upon their arrival; they also require a negative COVID-19 test result.

Visitation

Essential Caregiver in-room visits will remain from 11AM to 2PM from Monday to Friday.  There will be no in-room visits on weekends.

Essential Caregivers are asked not visit if they do not feel well or have been in contact with individuals ‘outside of their bubbles’.

We are planning to expand our visitation schedule using the safe visitation shelters.  We will be communicating this in a separate email once available.

 Resident Vaccination

We have participated in a number of provincial and regional meetings related to the roll out of vaccinations in personal care homes.  We will be communicating information as it becomes available.  You may consult the Province’s website for more information:  Province of Manitoba | COVID-19 Vaccine (gov.mb.ca)

The vaccination of personal care home residents is a provincial priority  (please see: Province of Manitoba | News Releases | Focused Immunization Teams to Protect Manitoba’s Most Vulnerable Citizens (gov.mb.ca)

We will need to expedite and give priority to the vaccination roll out.  This means that we will be required to communicate and have conversations with residents or their substitute decision makers related to the vaccine and secure their consent.  At this time, we do not have a date for the vaccines to be administered at either of our three personal care homes.  Supportive Housing will most likely be addressed in the second round of the roll out.  The vaccine will be administered by public health professionals with the support of our staff.

 Staff Vaccination

The eligibility criteria for health care workers to be vaccinated continues expand to provide opportunities for our staff to receive the vaccine.  Staff have been encouraged to schedule their appointments for vaccination clinic at the RBC Centre in Winnipeg.  We provide staff with all the information needed and continue to provide educational sessions for staff to increase the uptake of the vaccine when offered.

It’s a new year and there is hope that we can safely care for residents and slowly get back to some normalcy.  We must however remain vigilant and focused.  We thank you for your cooperation and support.

Please be safe!  Do not hesitate to write to us at info@actionmarguerite.ca

Sincerely,

Charles Gagné, CEO