COVID-19 GGH Update April 7

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Resources and Supplies (3)
Staff Support (2)
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Starting with the positive

Over 40 messages of support were received over the weekend through our White Heart Project. Our Foundation’s Suzanne Bone and Jennifer Duggan add the messages to the 20+ already posted in the staff entrance vestibule..

Donors support free Tims on Wednesday!

Hundreds in our community have made donations to the Foundation’s COVID-19 Critical Response Fund. One of the things we want to do is support staff, and so anything on the Tim Hortons menu will be FREE all day Wednesday, April 8 (beverages, baked goods and breakfast sandwiches). The awesome Tims’ team will be baking extra, but note this will be while supplies last. This is just a small way for our community to say thank you for the incredible effort everyone is making during these difficult times. BTW – we’ll be doing its again, and will choose a different day of the week next time.

Reporting on COVID-19 activity in staff and patients

Total number of staff tested to date172
Total number of staff with a positive test result to date25
Total number of staff with a negative test result to date120
Total number of results pending27
Number of current in-patients who have tested positive6

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Action/Must read

As of yesterday, the Emergency department is divided into two zones:

Red  Zone   – This zone is for patients who have respiratory symptoms or infections

To enter this zone you must have on a surgical mask and if having any contact with patients you also require googles, gloves and a gown.
If you are not having contact with patients, only a mask is required.
Enter this zone by the back door of observation area.

Green Zone – This zone is to separate non-infectious patients from the red zone patients.

This zone is only to be entered if you are not wearing contaminated PPE. You must  doff contaminated PPE and wash your hands before entering this zone.
You still require a  surgical mask in this zone
This zone is in the See and Treat area. – Don’t cross from dirty to Green without following proper doffing practice.
You can enter this zone through the front entrance or See and Treat.

What’s new?

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Resources and Supplies

More ventilators coming
We have ordered 20 new ventilators. Ten of these were already in the works, funded through the Foundation’s Circle of Life program, and we’ve since doubled the order. Delivery date is to be determined.

Ensuring the quality of our masks
We are doing everything possible to obtain masks by exploring all opportunities to maintain, improve, and expand the supply chain including donations. The shortage of masks in Canada has opened the market up to sub-standard, counterfeit, and non-healthcare grade masks. We are committed to providing staff with valid healthcare grade masks, and we have established processes to validate masks before purchase.

Local distillers to the rescue!
Dixon Distilled Spirits and Spring Mill Distillery are now mass producing hand sanitizer. Some of the challenges remain with regards to bottling but one thing’s for sure, thanks to the support of our community, there’s one less thing to worry about!

Staff at Spring Hill Distillery hand fill hundreds of bottles of hand sanitizer..

Staff Support

HR has updated an extensive list of resources to support your emotional, psychological and mental health.

Also, the COVID resource page on our Intranet has been completely updated with a large FAQ section. Please note you cannot access this page remotely.

Policy Changes

Notes & Comments

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