COVID-19 GGH Update May 26

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Starting with the positive

Reporting on COVID-19 activity in staff and patients

Total number of staff tested to date285
Total number of staff with a negative test result to date251
Current number of staff with a positive test 2
Number of staff results pending4
Number of staff who tested positive and are now recovered28
Total number of staff with a positive test result to date30
Number of current in-patients who have tested positive5

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Just a reminder to keep saving the empty Oxivir containers
We continue to explore ways of supporting this scarce supply including:
● purchasing wipes in “refill” format
● clean the containers, fill with disinfectant and dry wipes – essentially make our own wipes
As always, it would be done in a safe and acceptable manner with the involvement of Health & Safety. Please give the saved canisters to Environmental Services.

Staff Support

Final Homewood Wellness Webinar this Thursday night
Mindfulness and Mitigating the Stress Response to COVID-19, is Thursday night at 7 p.m. For all the details and how to register, click here. Please note, unfortunately due to copyright, these webinars cannot be recorded.

Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on your Mental Health
COVID-19 poses unique challenges for all individuals. For those who experience common mental health challenges, anxiety and depression the pandemic may be an additional stressor that contributes to these issues. The uncertainty, social isolation and sometimes sudden and unexpected changes to normal routines, relationships with others, and work and home environments can be especially triggering and difficult to manage. In the face of a pandemic like COVID-19, it is more important than ever to exercise vigilance around our mental well-being and the mental well-being of those around us.

This 30-minute webinar presented by Homewood helped participants understand anxiety and depression, typical reactions, and equipped participants with strategies, tips and tools for regulating managing their own emotions as well as tips for supporting others who may be experiencing difficulties.

Community Gratitude

Excerpt from CEO’s report for tonight’s monthly Board of Directors meeting
The Hospital received overwhelming support from the community since the beginning of the pandemic. The Foundation created a COVID-19 Critical Response fund and raised approximately $500,000. This fund is designed to enable the Hospital to respond to emerging needs related to the pandemic. More than 700 donors have supported the fund including 355 who made their first gift to us. In addition our community supported us through:

  • 20 tablets to connect patients to their families
  • more than 10,000 sewn items including cloth masks, scrub caps and ear savers;
  • words of gratitude from 178 people through the White Heart Project;
  • hundreds of items to support staff including restaurant gift certificates, snacks, magazines, insoles, gift bags and hand cream;
  • tens of thousands of pieces of PPE including N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, gowns, gloves and more;
  • random acts of kindness like the Gratitude Rock Garden in front of the Emergency Department, chalk messages on our sidewalks and lovely notes tucked under windshield wipers;
  • Our community partners such as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and police visibly showed their support;

Each of these acts of support makes such a difference to our team. It is heartening to see in such tangible ways that the community has our back.  


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