COVID-19 GGH Update April 24

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Starting with the positive

Our Foundation has received all kinds of donations in support of the amazing GGH team at this time. People have given money, kind words, sewn masks, PPE, restaurant gift cards and more. Today from 4-7 p.m. there will be a table set up in the main lobby by the staff screening area with some of the donations that have been given in support of staff.

DOLE Products | 4 oz. Fruit Bowls

Please feel free to come down to pick up hand cream (thank you Cox Construction), fruit cups and juice (thank you Dole) and coffee packs (thank you Club Coffee). Please touch only what you are taking (with clean hands) and as always, remember to stay six feet from anyone else.

*We’ll be changing it up each week to maximize the chances of everyone getting a free day.

Reporting on COVID-19 activity in staff and patients

Total number of staff tested to date218
Total number of staff with a negative test result to date180
Current number of staff with a positive test 13
Number of staff results pending9
Number of staff who tested positive and are now recovered16
Total number of staff with a positive test result to date29
Number of current in-patients who have tested positive9

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Action/Must read

What’s new?

Active screening for all admitted patients to be conducted at least twice daily
Actively screen patients for the following symptoms:
● Fever (Temperature of 37.8 or greater) OR
● Any new/worsening acute respiratory symptoms(SOB, sore throat, runny nose or sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing) OR
● Clinical or radiological evidence of pneumonia
Consider atypical presentations of COVID-19, particularly in elderly persons

For the complete IPAC COVID-19 Active Screening Algorithm, click here.

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Resources and Supplies

Process change for Surgical/Procedure Mask distribution
Surgical/Procedure masks will now be delivered to your unit by Stores staff on Monday, Wednesday & Friday if you were receiving daily deliveries. You will continue to receive a weekly delivery if your unit was on a weekly delivery cycle.

  • Do not refuse stock delivery. Inform your director if you have more unopened boxes than you require
  • If you require more masks on your unit, speak to your director Monday to Friday or the director on call after hours/on weekends

Preparing N95 masks for reprocessing
Ontario Health recommends all organizations refrain from disposing of N95 masks for potential reprocessing. At GGH, we are following this recommendation so that we are ready to respond if and when the safe reprocessing process is available.

Our process has changed. Once finished with an N95 mask, instead of putting the mask in a zip lock bag and writing your name it, please write your name and unit on the FRONT of the N95 mask itself using a SHARPIE marker. Please do not use ink pens, etc. The front of the mask is to be used because decontamination packaging requires the mask to be facing towards the clear side of the peel pouch. It also minimizes handling of the mask which reduces risk of cross-contamination.

Prior to placing the mask inside the bag for collection, please inspect it to ensure it is free of visible damage and/or visible soil/contamination (e.g. blood, dried sputum, makeup, soil, bodily fluids). 
Thank you!

Staff Support

Please remember to fill our our COVID-19 Staff Feedback survey!
We want to hear from you about how well we are doing with supporting you through the COVID-19 pandemic. Please share your thoughts, comments and ideas with us. The survey is anonymous and short so we hope you will respond. Click here to complete the survey today! If you have any questions about the survey, please email

Free short-term hotel accommodations
Short-term (up to 5 nights) free accommodations is available to GGH staff at the Days Inn by Wyndham Guelph, 785 Gordon St, Guelph. GGH will cover the cost of the room, all other expenses are the responsibility of the staff. For all the details including how to access the short-term free accommodation, click here.

If you have a need for longer-term accommodation options, please email to discuss further.

Policy Changes

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