Dear Actionmarguerite Families,

We are seeing a downward trend in the number of residents and staff members contracting COVID-19. With this news comes a relief and at the same time a reminder to remain vigilant in the adherence of the measures in place. The aim at Actionmarguerite, as in society, is to balance the need for protection against the virus and everyone’s quality of life.

Although we cannot yet begin the loosening of all the measures put in place at Actionmarguerite, we are continually re-evaluating and adjusting as we can. The resolution of outbreaks, as you will see in the update below gives us a good sense that we are indeed on the right track. The people we support are expressing their delight in knowing that change is on the horizon and the end of the outbreaks have arrived or are near. Also, please join me in recognizing the tremendous effort, attentiveness, and bravery of the Actionmarguerite team in responding to the needs of the people we support and seeing us through to the resolution of the outbreaks, one by one.

Outbreaks status

Actionmarguerite St. Boniface

  • Outbreaks have been resolved on 2AB, 2C, 3ABC, 4AB and 3DE. All other units still have active outbreaks.
  • Three (3) deaths have been linked to the outbreaks.
  • Eighty-three (83) residents have been deemed recovered.
  • Four (4) additional residents have tested positive for a total of fifteen (15) active cases.
  • Eighty (80) staff members have tested positive, and seventy-nine (79) of them have since recovered.
  • The Actionmarguerite St. Boniface team is reviewing the measures in place and adapting them for units coming out of outbreak status.

Actionmarguerite St. Vital

  • The outbreaks on the 2nd floor & 3rd floor have now been resolved.
  • The Actionmarguerite St. Vital team is assessing the measures that can be adapted given that the entire home is now out of outbreak status. A phased approach is in place to begin resuming communal meals and group activities with precautions, and visits by one designated family caregiver for each resident. If you have not yet resumed your visits as a designated family caregiver, we ask that you reach Lise Cloutier at It will be important to view the safe visitation presentation prior to resuming your visits, knowing that community transmission of the virus is still occurring.

Actionmarguerite St. Joseph

  • One (1) unit has an active outbreak (1st floor).
  • Four (4) deaths have been linked to the outbreak.
  • Eight (8) residents have been deemed recovered.
  • One (1) additional resident has tested positive for a total of eleven (11) active cases.
  • Thirty-two (32) staff members have tested positive, and thirty (30) have since recovered.
  • At Actionmarguerite St. Joseph, the team is working diligently to contain the spread of the virus. Their efforts are proving beneficial. Earlier this week, we asked that only one designated family caregiver per resident who can assist with meals be present on-site at this time. The aim of this measure is the containment of the spread and the reduction in the number of people present at risk of being infected. We are committed to re-evaluating this measure on Monday, February 7.

A REMINDER: Public Review of New National Long-Term Care Standards

A draft of the National Standards for Long Term Care is now ready for public review. We have a vested interest in sharing our feedback on these standards and have until March 27th to do so.

The draft is available in both official languages:

English:     Long-Term Care Services – Public Review – HSO (

French:      Soins de longue durée – Examen public – L’Organisation de normes en santé (HSO) (

As always, please do not hesitate to reach us at

Thank you once again to all Actionmarguerite families for your continued collaboration and support. Together, we are able to face the realities that arise and do what is called for now.

With gratitude,

Micheline St-Hilaire, Chief Executive Officer & the entire Actionmarguerite Team