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Outbreak Update - Simcoe Manor

 

​February 21, 2021

Today, we are very pleased to share with you that after a successful fight against a fourth outbreak in our last four (4) months, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has declared this recent isolated outbreak at Simcoe Manor officially over.

Given the confirmed presence of the variant in one of our staff cases, today’s amazing news is a testament to our dedicated staff and their strict adherence to our IPAC protocols and procedures. 

On behalf of everyone we thank our staff for their efforts and families and residents for the continued support, patience and understanding.

February 17, 2021

We continue to receive encouraging news from our recent mass staff and resident testing, with resident results (just five (5) still pending) from February 12 and all staff results from February 14 coming back as negative. We continue to test every 3-4 days with resident testing having taken place February 16 and staff testing today (February 17). A reminder that at the direction of Public Health we are not testing previously positive residents.

We will continue to keep everyone updated as test results are returned.​

OUTBREAK STATUS

  • We remain in a facility-wide outbreak
  • Our case count continues to be stable with two (2) isolated staff cases
    • One (1) case is resolved and one (1) active
    • One (1) case has been confirmed as the variant strain
  • All residents are in quarantine with isolation droplet contact precautions, including tray service to rooms for meals​


​February 15, 2021

We have continued to work closely with our partners and carefully monitor our outbreak over the weekend, reviewing further enhanced safety measures. We remain in a facility-wide outbreak and our case count continues to be stable with two (2) isolated staff cases; one case being confirmed as the variant strain. There are no resident cases; however, all residents are in quarantine with isolation droplet contact precautions, including tray service to rooms for meals. At the recommendation of Public Health, we have cancelled all visitors and are restricting access to the home for precautionary measures, including temporary cancellation of essential caregiver visits (excluding palliative visits) and window visits.​​

Test Result Update: 

Staff:
  • On the recommendation of Public Health, staff and residents will be tested every 3-4 days
  • We have received over 50 results and all negative to date. We will continue to update as we receive the balance of these test results. Our next mass staff testing date will be Wednesday, February 17
Residents:
  • There are no resident cases as this time. Mass resident testing occurred last week (excluding previously positive residents) and all test results have been received as negative with only three (3) pending results

February 12, 2021

While our outbreak status continues to be stable with no new staff or resident cases reported since Monday, February 8, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit informed us today that our second positive staff member has tested positive for a variant strain of COVID-19. Effective immediately, as a precautio​nary measure, the Health Unit has placed Simcoe Manor under facility-wide outbreak and all residents are being placed in quarantine with droplet contact isolation, including tray service to rooms for meals.

We want everyone to know that our testing so far this week has not shown further spread.  There are no resident cases to-date, we have enhanced surveillance in place, our protocols and staff adherence is strong, and our resident immunization is over 90%. 

Immediate Actions:

  • Resident Isolation: All residents in the home are being placed in quarantine with droplet contact isolation, including tray service to rooms for meals
  • Testing: All residents and staff will be tested every three to four (3-4) days (previous positive residents are only tested if exhibiting symptoms)
    • All residents in the facility will receive immediate testing (excluding residents on one (1) unit that was tested February 11)
  • Facility lockdown: Effective immediately, we have cancelled all visitors and are restricting access to the home for precautionary measures, including essential caregivers (excluding palliative visits)

Resident Care:

  • All residents will also receive in-room disposable tray service for meals
  • Personal care continues to be provided to all residents in their rooms as an added precaution on a one-to-one basis, including range of motion exercises, feeding, physiotherapy, etc.
  • Program and Support Services staff, as well as our entire circle of care team, will do their very best to interact and maintain socialization with your loved ones each day

CASE UPDATE

  • Two (2) positive staff members; one staff member has a confirmed variant case
  • No resident cases
  • Facility-wide outbreak and all residents are placed in isolation 

​ ​February 9, 2021​​

On Monday we learned that a second staff member at Simcoe Manor has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual had tested negative as recently as February 3rd. This is believed to be a community transmission and not related to our first staff case or this outbreak. The individual last worked in our home on February 6th but had been off for two weeks prior. Due to the nature of their work, they had provided direct care to two individuals on February 6, one on the Essa Unit and one on the Nottawasaga Unit following all PPE and IPAC protocols. Both residents who were in close contact have been placed under isolation droplet precautions.

At this time, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has extended the Outbreak to include the Nottawasaga Unit and all residents have been placed in quarantine, with six (6) residents in droplet contact isolation precautions. ​

Residents continue to exhibit no symptoms; however, we are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of everyone. These residents will be rapid and PCR tested on Thursday February 11th.

CASE UPDATE

  • Two (2) positive staff members
  • Two (2) units in outbreak (Essa and Nottawasaga)​​

February 5, 2021​​​

February 5, 2021, we were informed that one staff member at Simcoe Manor has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was identified through our routine weekly staff testing process that occurred on February 3rd. The individual is currently asymptomatic and last worked in the home on February 2nd, following all advanced infection control and PPE protocols. The staff member was cohorted to the Essa Unit.

As a result of the one positive staff test, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (Health Unit) will be declaring an Outbreak on the Essa Unit only on Monday. All residents on the Essa Unit are being placed in quarantine with droplet contact isolation precautions, including disposable tray service for meals.

At this time, no residents are exhibiting symptoms; however, we are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of everyone.

While this is difficult news, please know that as community transmissions remain high, all homes are at a heightened risk. We fought the most recent outbreak that occurred at Simcoe Manor in early January with minimal impact to our home, and our staff will do everything they can to contain further spread.


VACCINATION UPDATE
  • Currently, 93 percent of all Simcoe Manor residents have received their first dose of the vaccine, which means that a high percentage of our residents have some immunity.
  • The Health Unit has confirmed that all residents at Simcoe Manor will receive their second dose on Tuesday, February 9th
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS:

Resident Quarantine & Isolation Precautions – Essa Unit ONLY:
  • Quarantine with droplet contact isolation precautions is in effect for all residents on the Essa Unit only and includes some additional PPE and staff requirements for safety and infection control reasons
  • Residents on the Essa Unit will receive tray service for their meals in their rooms until further notice and will continue with no group activities
  • Common areas on the Essa Unit will remain closed
  • All other care units are on heightened monitoring but have no further restrictions at this time
Staff Cohorting:
  • Staff continue to be strictly cohorted to one base unit to the extent possible to maintain care levels and limit the risk of spread within the home
Personal Care:
  • Personal care continues to be provided to all residents in their rooms on the Essa Unit as an added precaution on a one-to-one basis, including range of motion exercises, feeding, physiotherapy, etc. for impacted residents​
  • Our Program and Support Services staff, as well as our entire circle of care team, do their very best to interact and maintain socialization with your loved ones each day

​Testing:

  • All residents in the home will be tested on Monday, February 8 and we have asked Stevenson Memorial Hospital to provide additional rapid testing for residents on the Essa Unit on Monday, February 8 to ensure we are getting results quickly to assess the situation
  • All staff at Simcoe Manor will be tested on Wednesday, February 10.
  • Given the presence of variant strains in our region, the Health Unit has directed that all new outbreak cases will automatically undergo enhanced testing for this variant, including this isolated case for precautionary measures

IPAC Procedures:

  • We have implemented extensive IPAC measures:
  • Enhanced screening/monitoring
  • Enhanced cleaning of all common areas
  • Cohorting of staff where possible
  • Quarantine and isolation for residents on the Essa Unit Home Area
  • Donning and doffing of new PPE for all staff between each resident interaction, when leaving/entering their care unit or when leaving/entering the building
  • Enhanced hand hygiene and physical distancing between staff members in any staff area
  • Enhanced education and support to staff in assisting with IPAC measures​​​