COVID-19 GGH Update June 2

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Starting with the positive

Last week, we started a new feature on our Facebook page, “Behind the Mask.” From time to time it’ll highlight different groups or areas in the hospital and provide the public with bits of information not readily known about how we’re responding to the pandemic. The most recent feature is on Day Surgery/3 East. (Click photo to enlarge)

Reporting on COVID-19 activity in staff and patients

Total number of staff tested to date290
Total number of staff with a negative test result to date260
Current number of staff with a positive test 1
Number of staff results pending3
Number of staff who tested positive and are now recovered29
Total number of staff with a positive test result to date30
Number of current in-patients who have tested positive2

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Reminder: Keep saving the empty Oxivir containers and sanitizer bottles
We continue to explore ways of supporting the scarce supply of wipes. Also, we are now refilling sanitizer bottles with alternately sourced sanitizer. Please give the saved canisters and bottles to Environmental Services.

Reminder: Change to scrubs access coming Monday
There is a shortage of scrubs across the province including at GGH. As a result, a sign-in/out system was implemented to allow us to better track the usage of our scrub supply. Now, after much consideration, some areas of the hospital that historically had access to scrubs will temporarily no longer have them available. This measure is being applied in an effort to maintain and ramp up our operations. This change takes effect Monday, June 8, and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

  • Sign in/out process remains the same
  • Staff from areas no longer receiving scrubs will no longer have their name on the sign-out list
  • Staff not normally issued scrubs but requiring a change of clothes due to accidental soiling while on shift can get scrubs from the screening station in the main lobby 0600-2030 and in the ED from 2030-0630. Staff will be required to sign the change list.

Please see the detailed policy for further details. 

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New online coaching program from Homewood
As you hopefully are aware, our EFAP Program provider Homewood Health has a lot of tools and resources for you: 1-800-663-1142.

Recently, they have introduced a new on-line coaching program called Stress Solutions, in part as a response to the enormous stress people are facing in their lives during COVID-19 – Introducing: Stress Solutions – A new Life Smart coaching service

Stress Solutions consists of one to three telephonic sessions. Sessions include but are not limited to providing information and education about the cognitive aspects of stress, and connections between thoughts and feelings. Coaching is provided on stress management, lifestyle, priority management and tools such as meditation and relaxation techniques. In addition to coaching supported by a registered counselor or clinician with specialized expertise in stress, employees will also receive written resources with information specific to their source or primary stress indication. Employees will also receive a welcome booklet providing an overview of stress issues and stress management techniques. This service is part of the Employee & Family Assistance program and is free for you and your immediate family, as an employee of Guelph General Hospital. 


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