COVID-19 GGH Update March 31

Even though we haven’t officially started promoting our recruitment campaign until tomorrow, the positions are now posted on our web site and from Friday to Sunday we’ve had a lot of applicants. It’s yet another great example of how we are surrounded by a community that wants to support us in any way possible. Some of the applicants include 23 Health Care Aides, nine RPNs and four RNs.  You can do your part by reaching out to those you know who might be looking for work.

PPE and community donations

PPE supplies have been pouring in from the community. Our Foundation is creating a web page to let the community know what PPE we need and what we don’t at this time. That list can change almost daily. Although the community support helps, staff still need to conserve PPE. It’s critical we get the most use out of what we have.

Community donors are encouraged to email  with their intended donations. From there, they’ll received instructions on how to drop off or even be redirected to other organizations who might need their donation if we are unable to use it.

Video counseling now available

Our EFAP provider Homewood continues to provide free crisis support. During this pandemic, they are now offering video counselling, as well as the telephone counselling. Call 1-800-663-1142 for support.

Change to food discount promotion

Swiss Chalet Guelph’s participation in the 50% off invitation has ended but the team at all Harvey’s in Guelph and Swiss Chalet Fergus will be extending the offer for the full four weeks ending April 17. 

Tips for protecting yourself and your loved ones

Transitioning from work to home means doing your best to keep eveyone safe. Tips have been developed to help do just that.

  • When possible, change out of work clothes and shoes before driving home or taking public transit. There arechange rooms and showers available on Level one for staff use. Alternatively, remove clothes and shoes immediately after getting home and before interacting with your family.
  • Wash your hands frequently; remember to wash your hands with soap and water before leaving work and upon returning home
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene: Cough and sneeze into your flexed arm or use a tissue. If you use a tissue, discard it into a closed bin immediately.
  • Avoid shaking hands. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Maintain physical distance at work and in the community. This mean maintaining two metres of distance between you and others.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.