Agency Response to COVID-19: December 24, 2020

MEMO: AGENCY RESPONSE TO COVID-19

December 24, 2020

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

We first want to wish you a joyful and safe holiday season, however you celebrate.

As of December 26th, the province of Ontario is under lockdown. For our Simcoe region, the lockdown is in place until January 23rd. It will then be re-assessed. Ontarians are asked to stay within their own households and limit outings to only essential visits, such as groceries and medication. Outdoor walks in your neighbourhood are encouraged.

Tots’n’Tykes remains open with full enhanced health measures. No visitors or families allowed in the centre. Families can apply for a place on the waitlist, as per our Ministry of Education guidelines.

Vaccines have now been approved in Canada. The Pfizer vaccine is currently being rolled out in various areas, starting with people living in long term care homes and personal support workers. Close to home, on December 22nd, a PSW volunteered to be the first recipient of the vaccine at Barrie’s Victoria Village Retirement Home.

EarlyON main sites in Alliston and Collingwood are currently open and offering resources by telephone and online supports as well as virtual programming throughout the week. We continue to offer Emergency Baby needs supplies by appointment only and are very are active with all of our social media platforms. Currently, we are closed for in-person programming until further notice.

The Reuse Centre at 90 High St is now closed until it is relocated to a new location following the loss of our lease. We are working with a planner and the Town of Collingwood to secure zoning at a promising location.

All staff must wear surgical face mask and eye protection in the form of face shield. If a face shield does not work for you, we have other eye protection equipment we can provide, such as goggles. Failure to wear the proper equipment puts individuals and other staff members at risk.

Car rides should be short, limited to transporting one person physically distanced, everyone masked and windows open for air circulation.

Drive-thru drink purchases, cup sanitized and decanted are allowed. Take out food purchases are not allowed for now during the lockdown.

All visits are suspended until the end of the lockdown.

The temporary wage enhancement is now available to qualifying staff at pay day.

Please use management on call after normal hours. All employees have put in many hours to keep everyone safe and require time away from work to re-energize, managers included.

  • Sourced from: Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services CENTRAL REGION
    Screening in congregate care settings must continue to include the following question to all individuals seeking to enter the setting: 1. “Are you aware of the recommendations and restrictions in this community regarding gathering size, hand and respiratory hygiene, and the use of face coverings and masks? a. Are you following these recommendations and restrictions regularly outside this setting you are seeking to enter?” Agency screening must also continue to be enhanced for staff with the following questions: 1. “Do you understand that you are expected to properly don your personal protective equipment and wear it at all times in this setting with the exception of when you are eating? 2. Do you acknowledge that at any time your PPE is removed you must maintain a distance of 2 meters or 6 feet from others?” Please remember that interacting with colleagues outside of work without face coverings and social distancing raises the risks of COVID-19 transmission.”

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

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 90 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

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