COVID-19 GGH Update May 29

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Starting with the positive

We’ve 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 first group featured are our screeners. Posted Wednesday, it already has 170 likes and reached almost 2,800 people. Stay tuned for a new posting next week!

FINAL DAY! (for now)

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 date255
Current number of staff with a positive test 1
Number of staff results pending5
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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What’s new?

Ramping up” preparations
On Wednesday, all remaining patients in 3 East were moved to medicine units. This is a part of our plan, when approved, to restart elective services including surgery. Day Surgery has received a final cleaning and will be ready for patients when needed. Also, starting Monday PACU will revert back to its regular 8-hour schedule. As always, PACU will continue to support ICU patients when required as part of our Surge Capacity policy.

Hot food returning to the Bistro!

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Resources and Supplies

Additional labels for some hand sanitizer dispensers
We recently become aware of a gap in labeling of the hand sanitizer products in the hospital. Because of supply shortage of traditional hand sanitizer, Purell, we’ve sourced an alternative from three manufacturers. This has been used to refill some dispensers that are still label “Purell.”

In the event an employee needed to access our Safety Data Sheets (SDS), they could potentially access the wrong SDS if the dispenser contains our donated stock. To avoid confusion, any dispenser filled with our alternate hand sanitizer will soon have a label to accurately indicate what’s inside.

Staff Support

Positive response to GGH online grocery store.
Nineteen staff used the service in the past two days with approximately $1,000 of grocery and pre-made meals being bought! It seems staff are finding the value in being able to order and pick up their items at work and avoid waiting and navigating lines at grocery stores.

As a reminder, orders will be ready to pick up the following business day to allow time to place, gather, organize and pack them safely and correctly. Pick up times will have to be within weekday business hours only. Orders will be based on “each” unless otherwise stated. Special Orders will be available upon request by calling ext. 2258. To order you must first set up an online account by clicking here.


Pandemic Pay update
On Wednesday, the province shared more details about its “pandemic pay” initiative. Yesterday, our HR department shared how this might affect GGH staff directly. For the details, click here.

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