Agency Response to COVID-19: December 17, 2020

MEMO: AGENCY RESPONSE TO COVID-19

December 17, 2020

To Employees, Parents, Families, Caregivers and Directors of the Board

Santa has been declared an essential service in Ontario and is free to deliver gifts, treats and good cheer!

Covid 19 cases have surpassed 2000 in Ontario. Within the framework. SIMCOE COUNTY is in RED–CONTROL. In the last 24 hours, 2, 432 new cases were reported.

Collingwood Marine and General Hospital is now at full capacity and the alternate healthcare facility is opening. CGMH staff is urging all South Georgian Bay residents to respect the enhancement health measures

MCCSS Emergency Orders Extended-Extension of Regulations under the Reopening Ontario (A flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. The following Ontario Regulations under the Reopening Ontario (A flexible Response to Covid-19) Act, 2020 have been extended until January 20: O. Reg. 121/20: ORDER UNDER SUBSECTION 7.0.2 (4) OF THE ACT – SERVICE AGENCIES PROVIDING SERVICES AND SUPPORTS TO ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

O. Reg. 145/20: ORDER UNDER SUBSECTION 7.0.2 (4) OF THE ACT – WORK DEPLOYMENT MEASURES FOR SERVICE AGENCIES PROVIDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN RESIDENTIAL SERVICES AND CRISIS LINE SERVICES

O. Reg. 177/20: ORDER UNDER SUBSECTION 7.0.2 (4) OF THE ACT – CONGREGATE CARE SETTINGS

All staff must wear both a surgical/procedure mask AND face shield while working within the congregate care setting. Failure to appropriately wear both puts individuals and colleagues at risk

All indoor visitors, regardless of designation (essential, non-essential and designated) must wear a surgical/procedure mask. Where a physical distance of 2 meters or 6 feet cannot be maintained, visitors are advised to a wear a surgical/procedure mask AND face shield. Outdoor visitors are only required to use a face covering (e.g., non- medical/cloth mask).

New guidelines for holiday visits to people in group homes have been developed. Please discuss each individual request with the manager to find the safest way to connect.

Office of the Premier News Release – Celebrate the Holiday Season Safely: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59338/celebrate-the-holiday-season-safely

Ministry of Health. Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Public Health Holiday Gathering Advice: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/holiday_gathering_ advice.pdf

EarlyON face to face programs are suspended. Virtual programs continue.

The ReUse Centre has closed and will move to a new location in the spring. Stay tuned for more information!

Because of COVID-19 and the strong advice to limit your close contacts (the people you can hug and touch without physical distancing) to only those people within your own household and maintain two metres (six feet) physical distancing from everyone else, we have to think of new and different ways to celebrate and connect with each other. This is challenging and stressful for all of us as we would love to spend time with family and friends. We also recognize that not everyone has a household of people and may live alone. If you live alone you may consider having close contact with another household.

Specific outbreak plans have been developed for each home and individual.

Please ensure to be vigilant with enhanced health measures:
• Frequent rigorous handwashing
• Cleaning of all surfaces including when before and after taking groceries out
• Physical distancing as much as possible in the homes
• Masking AND faceshields at all times when supporting individuals, indoors or outdoors
• Limiting your close contacts to your household only

Mask fit testing is available with our certified team. Over 60 people have been fitted.

At all times, E3 is guided by government, public health and other health authority orders, guidelines and recommendations, as well as E3’s assessment of risk to the safety and well-being of our clients and the front-line staff who support them. Provincial and local important considerations in this assessment of risk.

Please review the PPE videos and ensure you record the viewing and understanding:
Donning: https://youtu.be/s2z1uM1fXN8
Doffing: https://youtu.be/crGlUX3_4DA

• Cleaning practices:
o Night and day shift employees should clean together at the beginning and end of shift. This will result in a clean setting for the new staffing group. The process should take you approximately 10 minutes. Use Spray 9 for its anti-virus properties
o Ensure indoor and outdoor doorknobs are cleaned, as well as high touch items like remote controls, light switches
o Ensure that offices are also cleaned
o Dishes should be cleaned with appropriate practices and following infection control practices.

Our sources
http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/2019_guidance.aspx
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports
http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Promos/Novel-Coronavirus
https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus#section-0

Your Steering Committee:

Christine Vallis-Page Scott Kelly Peter Doner
Tracy Nancekivell Patricia Green Lori McKean
Heather Grasman Deborah Sauvé (JH&SC) Irene Currie(JH&SC)
Salvina Lutz (JH&SC) Kim Saunders Nancy MacDonald
Cindy Boyce Robin Galati Melanie Cathcart
Shannon Mathieson Rachel Leferink

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Keep in mind that directions will change rapidly and will require fluidity. These are unusual times and we are thankful for your continued support.

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We thank you for your dedicated work and support to some of our most vulnerable Ontarians.

Best regards,

Christine Vallis-Page