Outbreak Status

September 17, 2021

We do not have any positive cases of COVID-19.

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Glebe Centre Staff:

The Glebe Centre is dedicated to ensuring the safety of our community and will be joining a coalition of not-for-profit long-term care homes in Ontario who are implementing mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for all workers.

The Glebe Centre is developing a policy that will require staff to provide proof they are fully vaccinated or proof they have received one dose and have an appointment for their second dose by October 15th, 2021. Staff who are not able to provide this will be placed on unpaid administrative leave, except in cases of approved medical exemptions.

The Glebe Centre continues to provide education and awareness initiatives and peer mentorship for staff regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine – Third Dose for Long-Term Care Residents:

We are pleased to share that 139 eligible Glebe Centre residents received the 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Sept. 8th.

Please note, some residents were not eligible to receive the 3rd dose due to the timing of their  2nd dose or because consent had not been received. If you have questions regarding your loved one’s vaccination status, please contact the home area nurse. At this time, the 3rd dose is only available for administration to Residents.

Our goal is to administer the 3rd dose to all eligible residents by the end of September. If you are the Substitute Decision Maker for your loved one and have not done so already, please return the  consent form as soon as possible to the attention of Ankica Djurcic-Jovan, Director of Care at the Reception Desk or via by email at ajovan@glebecentre.ca.

Testing and Proof of Vaccination for Visitors:

Visitors who cannot provide proof of vaccination must continue to be tested upon arrival to the Glebe Centre.

 Currently, vaccine receipts are available in PDF form to be downloaded to your computer, phone or tablet or printed. Individuals who have a green photo health card can provide proof of immunization by downloading or printing their vaccine receipt from the provincial booking portal , or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

New Call Bell System Update:

In our August 10th update, we shared the good news that our call bell system is being replaced with a revolutionary call system by Tenera Care. Technicians have been on-site for the last month, and installation is scheduled to be completed by the end of this week. Our next step is an upgrade to our Wi-Fi system to ensure there is appropriate capacity for the new system to go live. As soon as these upgrades have been completed, staff will begin training with the new system while the current system remains in place. We will continue to provide updates on the status of this exciting project.

September 1, 2021

We do not have any positive cases of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine – Third Dose for Long-Term Care Residents:

We will be administering a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine (booster) to eligible Residents on Wed. September 8th.

To ensure your loved one will be eligible to receive the third dose, we require a consent form to be completed and returned by 12pm on Tues. Sept. 7th. Please contact our Director of Care, Ankica Djurcic-Jovan at ajovan@glebecentre.ca. for more information.

Printed consent forms can also be picked up and submitted at main Reception.

Please note, Residents will be eligible to receive their third dose at least five months after their second dose. Our Infection Prevention and Control team will make sure we follow these guidelines. If you are uncertain of the date of previous doses, please leave this section of the consent form blank and our team will follow up.

Immunization Rates Update:

We are pleased to share that 94% of Staff are now fully immunized (both doses) and 1% partially vaccinated (one dose) for a total of 95% .

97.3% of Residents are fully immunized.

Staffing Announcement:

Heidi Fluegel from our Resident Finance Office will be transitioning to the role of Executive Assistant, beginning Tues. Sept. 7th. Heidi’s new extension will be 339.

Gleb Tropin, currently Food Service Supervisor, will replace Heidi in the Resident Finance Office beginning Sept. 7th. Gleb will retain Heidi’s former phone extension (304) and his email is gtropin@glebecentre.ca.

2021 Federal Election:

There will be an Elections Canada polling station on site on Thursday September 16th from 8:30-12:30 in the Living Classroom on the ground floor. Residents do not need to pre-register to vote. Visitors are welcome to assist their loved one to and from the polling station, but only Glebe Centre Residents are eligible to vote at this on-site polling station. Staff will also be available to assist Residents who require assistance to access the polling station. Please note, there will NOT be a polling station at the Glebe Centre on September 20th, so any Resident who wishes to vote must do so on Sept. 16th.

Our next planned update will be sent the week of September 13th.

AUGUST 18, 2021

We do not have any positive cases of COVID-19

Introducing our new Director of Care:

We are very happy to share that Ankica Djurcic-Jovan has joined the leadership team as our new Director of Care.

Glebewood Home Area Re-Opening:   

We have resumed admissions to the Glebewood home area (2nd floor, two storey building), following a temporary closure. Glebewood is now a non-secure home area.

Infection Prevention and Control:

Yesterday the provincial government announced that third doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to select vulnerable populations, including long-term care home residents. We will share further information about this as soon as it becomes available.

Yesterday’s announcement also stated that staff at health-care facilities will need to provide proof of full immunization against COVID-19 or a medical reason for not being vaccinated. Those who don’t get the shots will need to complete an education session about COVID-19 vaccines and will be routinely tested for the virus before coming to work. The practice described in the announcement was already a requirement in long-term care homes and does not result in any changes for our sector at this time.

With a rise in COVID-19 cases due to the significantly more transmissible Delta variant, we would like to remind all visitors that masks are still mandatory at all times during both indoor and outdoor visits.

Hand hygiene remains an important priority for you, our residents, staff and other visitors. Please take a few minutes to review the following link: www.publichealthontario.ca/en/diseases-and-conditions/infectious-diseases/respiratory-diseases/novel-coronavirus/hand-hygiene

Our next planned update will be sent the week of August 30th.

August 10, 2021

We do not have any positive cases of COVID-19.

 New Call Bell System:

We are very pleased to share news that after many years of planning, our call bell system is being replaced. The Glebe Centre will be the first long-term care home in Ontario to implement a revolutionary call system by Tenera Care (more information is attached in pdf format). Installation of the call system will begin this week, and will take approximately 3 weeks to complete. Technicians from Tenera Care will be on-site 7 days a week until the installation is complete.

Director of Care:

We wish Director of Care, Kate Cholewa the very best as she moves on to another opportunity. An announcement regarding her replacement will be shared soon.

Infection Prevention and Control:

On behalf of our Manager of Infection Prevention and Control, please make note of the following update:

Testing and quarantine (self-isolation) of fully immunized individuals who are asymptomatic with no known COVID-19 exposures :

-Testing and quarantine is no longer required for fully immunized residents who are being admitted, transferred or returning to the home from an absence.

Testing and quarantine of partially immunized or unimmunized individuals who are asymptomatic with no known COVID-19 exposure:

1) A lab-based PCR test is required at time of admission/transfer (i.e., day 0), and the resident must be placed in quarantine on Droplet and Contact Precautions for a minimum of 10 days.

2) A second negative lab-based PCR test result collected on day 8 is required to discontinue quarantine on Droplet and Contact Precautions on day 10; if this second test is not obtained, quarantine on Droplet and Contact Precautions must be maintained until ​day 14.

Any resident being admitted or transferred, regardless of their immunization status, who is identified as having symptoms, exposure, or diagnosis of COVID-19 must be placed on Droplet and Contact Precautions .

 

July 30, 2021

We do not have any positive cases of COVID-19.

On behalf of our Manager of Infection Prevention and Control, please make note of the following information:

Surveillance Testing Update:

The Swab Clinic hours are:  Monday to Friday from 6am – 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 5pm.

The Swab Clinic will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays for staff breaks from 10:30-11:00am and 1-1:30pm.

Caregivers and general visitors who require testing are asked to arrive before 10:15 am or 1:15pm to ensure they receive their results before the Clinic closes for breaks.

Individuals who are not required to wait the 15 minutes (based on frequency of testing) for their test results can enter the clinic and be tested right up the 10:30 am or 1:30pm break.

Children age 2 and under do not have to undergo rapid testing to enter the home.

Children aged 3-11 years must be rapid tested as the COVID-19 vaccine is not currently available to them. Outdoor visits continue to be available as an alternative option.

As previously shared, fully immunized individuals are exempt from surveillance testing.

Important Reminder:

Masks are still mandatory at all times during both indoor and outdoor visits. While masking requirements continue to be in place, eating and drinking with the resident in the building or grounds is not permitted. You may bring in food and drink for the resident, but visitors cannot consume it as they need to remain masked for the entire visit.

Thank you for your continued understanding, cooperation and support of our efforts to keep the Glebe Centre community safe. Our next planned update will be sent the week of August 9th.

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable long weekend

July 23, 2021

We do not have any positive cases of COVID-19.

New Screening Question

Please note, in addition to the changes announced last week, there is a new required screening question:  In the last 14 days, have you travelled outside of Canada AND been advised to quarantine per the federal quarantine requirements?

If you are fully vaccinated and are exempt from quarantine requirements you are able to visit long-term care homes. If you have someone living with you who is also exempt from the federal quarantine requirements, there is no restriction on visiting.

Vaccination Update

We are pleased to share the following update on our vaccination rates:

The current vaccination rate for Staff is 90% fully vaccinated (both doses) and 3% partially vaccinated (one dose) for a total of 93%.

The current vaccination rate for Residents is 95.8% fully vaccinated and 1.4% partially vaccinated for a total of 97.2%.

Our next vaccination clinic will be held on July 27th.

July 9, 2021

We do not have any positive cases of COVID-19.

In follow up to our update dated July 5th, we would like to clarify the following:

–          Designated essential caregivers will no longer be limited to certain days/times for their visits.

 –          Essential caregivers and indoor general visitors are reminded that COVID-19 testing is available Mon-Fri from 6am – 6pm and Sat-Sun from 9am-5pm. Please ensure you plan the time of your visit to allow for testing and 15 minute wait time for results.

 –          Susan Zorz (szorz@glebecentre.ca) remains the contact for the designated essential caregiver list. Please note that Susan only needs to be contacted if a new designated essential caregiver is being added to the list.

 –      If you are a fully immunized Essential Caregiver or general Visitor and visiting a fully immunized resident, eye protection is not required when visiting your loved one. All visitors and caregivers within a physical distance of 2 metres from another resident or a staff member must wear eye protection  – regardless of vaccination status.

 We are also happy to share that our Resident Hairdresser, Julie, has re-opened. To make an appointment, please call 613-238-2727 ext. 306 and leave a message regarding your requested service.

Our next planned update will be sent the week of July 19th.

Call 613-238-2727, ext. 484 to book an outdoor general visit. This extension is answered between 5:30am and 3:30pm.

July 5, 2021

We do not have any positive cases of COVID-19.

On June 29, the Ministry of Long-Term Care announced further easing of restrictions for long-term care homes across the province.

The following are the new guidelines regarding visiting which will become effective July 7th, 2021.

  • Residents are no longer limited to 2 designated essential caregivers. To make additions or changes to the designated essential caregiver(s) for a Glebe Centre resident, please contact Susan Zorz at szorz@glebecentre.ca.
  • All residents may have up to 2 general visitors and 2 designated caregivers at a time for an indoor visit.
  • Designated caregivers and general visitors are able to have different levels of contact with a resident based upon their immunization status. Please contact the Glebe Centre at 613-238-2727 ext. 484 for information.
  • General visitors who visit indoors will be rapid tested prior to going to the resident home area, and their immunization status will be requested to determine their ability to have close contact.
  • Up to 10 people at a time may visit a long-term care home resident outdoors. Call 613-238-2727, ext. 484 to book an outdoor general visit. This extension is answered between 5:30am and 3:30pm.

Please note:

  • Masks continue to be required for all visits whether indoors or outdoors
  • Eye protection is required if visitors are not able to maintain physical distancing from other residents
  • Visitors cannot eat or drink when visiting a resident as they will need to wear their mask
  • Rapid testing is still required for all indoor visitors

 Thank you for your continued cooperation to help keep our Glebe Centre community safe.

 

June 25, 2021

We do not have any positive cases of COVID-19.

Due to the strong vaccination rates for both residents and staff, we are able to begin communal dining in our home area Dining Rooms.

Vaccination rates are continually being monitored for both residents and staff by our Manager of Infection Prevention and Control.

The current vaccination rate for Staff is 79% fully vaccinated (both doses) and 9% partially vaccinated (one dose) for a total of 88%.

The current vaccination rate for Residents is 96% fully vaccinated and 1.5% partially vaccinated for a total of 97.5%.

Please note, we will not be sending an update next week unless news arises that we need to share. Our next planned update will be sent the week of July 5th.

Wishing you a very safe and Happy Canada Day!

June 21, 2021

I am pleased to share that effective this morning, we are no longer in suspected outbreak. All resident and staff swabs came back negative and we do not have any positive cases of COVID-19.

Thank you to everyone for their cooperation with swabbing and continued vigilance with infection prevention and control practices.

June 14, 2021

On Friday June 11, we received news of a positive test result for one of our staff who works on the Bankwood home area (1st floor, 2-storey building). The staff member’s last shift was June 6th. Bankwood is now in suspected outbreak. We are following direction from Ottawa Public Health. All Bankwood residents have been be swabbed for COVID-19 today and all results have come back negative. High risk contact staff have been PCR tested on Friday and results are negative. New admissions to Bankwood have been postponed.

Residents will be swabbed again between June 13-June 16.  We are expected to be out of suspected outbreak on June 21st.

The following anti-COVID-19 precautions have been implemented on Bankwood. All resident on Bankwood have been PCR tested and management has ordered the following risk-based measures:

  • All residents are confined to their rooms.
  • Priority COVID-19 testing and ongoing screening for all staff and residents, essential visitors
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is being provided to manage risk and support resident and staff safety
  • Cancellation of all resident activities. Accommodation to include 1:1 programming including Skype and FaceTime communications between residents and loved ones.
  • Redeployment of staff to meet resident needs and changes in the work environment.
  • Universal masking and shields for all staff while in the home.

As a precaution, general indoor visits for Bankwood residents will be suspended until further notice. Essential visitors and caregivers may continue to visit on Bankwood but must visit in the resident’s room.

General and essential visits may continue as normal for all home areas other than Bankwood.

A reminder that fully vaccinated essential caregivers must continue to wear visors in common space areas.

An additional time has been set up to allow for PCR testing from 1:00-4:00 pm. on Tuesday June 15th.  Testing will take place in the living classroom.

June 11, 2021

This morning we received news of a positive test result for one of our staff who works on the Bankwood home area. The staff member’s last shift was June 6th. Bankwood is now in suspected outbreak. We are following direction from Ottawa Public Health. All Bankwood residents will be swabbed for COVID-19 today and we will keep you informed of the results.

As a precaution, general indoor visits for Bankwood residents will be suspended until further notice. Essential visitors and caregivers may continue to visit on Bankwood.

General and essential visits may continue as normal for all home areas other than Bankwood.

A reminder that fully vaccinated essential caregivers must continue to wear visors in common space areas.

June 4, 2021

We do not have any positive cases of COVID-19.

It’s been wonderful to see familiar faces as general outdoor visits have resumed. Thank you for your patience with our scheduling process, which is still to call 613-238-2727, ext. 484 to book an outdoor general visit. This extension is answered between 5:30am and 7:30pm.

I am pleased to share that on June 1st, we welcomed Nicole McLean, Social Services Coordinator, to the Glebe Centre care team.

Nicole will replace Maggie Anderson, who has now transitioned to her new role of Director of Quality Management. Nicole can be reached at ext. 491 or by email at nmclean@glebecentre.ca.

Yesterday, the provincial government announced several upcoming changes that will be effective as of Wed. June 9, 2021:  

Resident Absences Changes Effective June 9:

  • Social (day trips, social outings) and temporary absences (overnight) for residents who are fully immunized will be permitted.
  • Residents do not need to seek approval from the home to go out on a short term absence but they will need to seek approval from the home to go out on a temporary (overnight) absence.
  • Requests for approval for a temporary overnight absence may be submitted to Espen Kittilsen at ekittilsen@glebecentre.ca, or by phone at 613-238-2727 ext. 364. Please allow 72 hours for approval prior to scheduling an overnight absence.
  • Residents who leave the home for on an overnight absence are required to have a PCR COVID-19 test upon return and remain in isolation on Droplet and Contact precautions while their test result is pending .

General Visiting Changes Effective June 9:

  • Recognizing that outdoor visits may not be possible for all residents, residents with mobility limitations or health conditions (i.e. factors unrelated to weather) that make an outdoor visit highly unlikely or impossible, may have one general visitor visit indoors at a time. One essential caregiver may also be present during these visits.
  • If you feel your loved one meets the above criteria for an indoor general visit, please contact the nurse on the resident’s home area to discuss your request. Once the nurse has approved the indoor general visit request, you may call 613-238-2727 ext. 484 between the hours of 5:30am and 7:30pm to schedule an indoor visit on your loved one’s home area.
  • Physical distance of two metres must be maintained between general visitors and residents. Also effective June 9th, 2021, brief hugs are permitted between all residents and visitors regardless of immunization status. Where both the resident and the visitor are fully immunized, close physical contact, including hand holding is permitted. General visitors will be asked about their vaccination status at time of screening and will be reminded of guidelines for physical contact.
  • All visitors must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin at all times. Residents should also be masked, where tolerated. General visitors do not need to wear eye protection.
  • General visitors who are visiting indoors will receive rapid testing prior to their visit.
  • Children under the age of two do not count toward the total number of general visitors regardless of whether the visit is indoors or outdoors and are not required to wear masks/face coverings.
  • General visitors are not permitted to visit residents who are symptomatic or isolating under Droplet and Contact precautions
  • Please find a Long-Term Care Visitor, Absences and Social Gatherings snapshot attached for your reference.

May 28, 2021

We do not have any positive cases of COVID-19.

A reminder that general visitors may schedule an outdoor visit with their loved one by calling 613-238-2727 ext. 484 between the hours of 10:00am and 5:00pm.

May 21, 2021

We do not have any positive cases of COVID-19.

On Wednesday, May 19th we celebrated National Personal Support Worker Day. Each member of our hardworking PSW team received a small gift and the entire staff received a special breakfast and lunch. We are incredibly grateful to have such a dedicated team of PSWs caring for our Residents.

Today the Ontario government announced their effort to expedite the ability for family members and friends to visit their loved ones who live in long-term care homes across the province. As per the province, this means that effective May 22, 2021, general visitors can come to LTC homes to see their loved ones for an outdoor visit.

To comply with today’s announcement, The Glebe Centre will be implementing the following process:

Beginning May 22nd, general visitors may schedule an outdoor visit with a resident by calling 613-238-2727 ext. 484 between the hours of 10:00am and 5:00pm. Please note, the length of a visit will not be restricted, but visits will be booked in 30 minute time increments. Available visit times will be between the hours of 10:00am and 5:00pm.

Due to the short notice for this announcement and until further arrangements can be made, the Glebe Centre will have two outdoor visit spaces available outside the main entrance.

General visitors must:

– answer active screening questions upon their arrival

– wear a mask covering their nose, mouth and chin and;

– keep a two metre distance from the resident for the duration of their visit

A maximum of two general visitors may visit at a time. Children under the age of two do not count toward the general visitor maximum. General visitors will not require a Covid-19 test. Glebe Centre staff will escort residents to and from the visiting area.

Please note, there are no changes to the protocol for visitors who are already on the Essential Caregiver and Essential Visitor list.

We appreciate your patience as we navigate this new process as LTC homes did not receive advance notice of this announcement.

 

May 13, 2021

We do not have any positive cases of COVID-19.

The Glebe Centre is now requiring any staff member or essential caregiver who is not fully vaccinated to be tested using rapid Antigen tested upon each shift or visit. Staff and essential caregivers who are fully vaccinated will continue to be tested up to 3 times per week, depending on the frequency of shifts and visits.

This week is National Nursing Week and the Glebe Centre has been celebrating and highlighting the remarkable work of our dedicated team of nurses. This year’s nursing week theme is “We Answer the Call,” speaking to the commitment and courage of registered nursing staff who have stood as leaders throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, we could not be more proud of our team of nurses. Each of our nurses has received a small gift of appreciation for their hard work as well as a special meal. For those of you who are visiting as essential visitors and caregivers, I invite you to leave a note of thanks to a nurse at the Glebe Centre on the message board that had been set up in the main lobby.

We are looking forward to celebrating our extraordinary team of PSWs on National PSW day which is coming up next week on Wednesday, May 19th.

May 3, 2021

We do not have any positive cases of COVID-19.

As many of you are aware, resident care conferences were put on hold in 2020 as a necessity to ensure resident care was not disrupted as a result of staffing shortages during the pandemic. Our team is now actively planning for the resumption of care conferences and we appreciate your patience as we navigate scheduling and distancing considerations. It will take time before all residents have a care conference scheduled. As always, please do not hesitate to contact the care station on your loved one’s home area should you have any questions or concerns to review with the nurse. Requests can also be made through the care station to speak with your loved one’s physician, or any other member of the care team.

I am pleased to share the following staffing changes:

Susan Zorz, formerly the Director of Resident Services, has assumed the new role of Director of Operations. Susan is the project lead for the Butterfly model for person centered care at the Glebe Centre and she will retain oversight of the Resident Services department.

Barbara Duggan will transition out of Quality Management and into the Human Resources portfolio as Director, Human Resources, on a temporary basis.

Maggie Anderson, currently one of our social workers, will gradually transition into the role of Director, Quality Management.

Tessa Burkholder, currently our Executive Assistant, will gradually take on the new role of Human Resources Coordinator with eventual transition to the lead role in Human Resources.

I thank these people for their commitment to the Glebe Centre and I fully support their work in career advancement at the Glebe Centre.

Lawrence Grant, Executive Director

April 27, 2021

Update for Families and Friends,

We are pleased to report that we do not have any positive cases of COVID-19.

The Glebe Centre began Rapid Antigen testing for staff, essential visitors and essential caregivers in February. We have not had any positive cases since December 21, 2020.

As we are all aware, the Ottawa area is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 positivity rates and our hospital system is facing serious challenges. To help address these, The Glebe Centre, in collaboration with Ottawa Public Health, implemented a plan to resume admissions. Our re-admission plan was created with safety for our current residents as its primary focus. All new admissions are tested for COVID-19 prior to their arrival, and are tested again once admitted.  Out of an abundance of caution we have created an admission home area, Glebewood (2nd floor, 2 storey building), where all new admissions to our Home will arrive. After 10 days on the admission home area, the resident has another COVID-19 test before leaving Glebewood and transferring to their new home area.

We are pleased to share news on the creation of 2 new full-time positions in our nursing department. Sanja Deric has assumed the new role of Manager of Infection Prevention and Control and Espen Kittilsen as Occupational Health Coordinator. Both Sanja and Espen are long-time nurses with the Glebe Centre. Sanja has been working hard to bolster the infection and prevention practices at the Glebe Centre. Espen has been overseeing the Rapid Antigen Testing and working diligently on our participation in the Bruyere Immunity Study, with 150 staff and resident participants from the Glebe Centre.

Moving forward, please anticipate a weekly email update. Should we receive news of a positive case at the Glebe Centre, or other news of significance, we will provide an update as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and for continuing to follow the required infection prevention and control protocols to keep our community safe.

March 3, 2021

Staff and residents that had their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine have now had their second.

JANUARY 29, 2021

We are very pleased to share that we have now received official  confirmation from Ottawa Public Health that the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine doses for residents will arrive as planned. We will be administering the second dose of the vaccine to residents on Sunday, January 31st.

Thank you for your continued support of our vaccination campaign.

JANUARY 26, 2021

A reminder that we are preparing for residents who received the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to receive their second dose.

We are anticipating that the second vaccine dose will be administered on Sunday, January 31st.

We MUST receive a new consent form for each resident in order for them to receive the second dose.

If you are the POA for Care or Substitute Decision Maker for your loved one, please find the vaccine consent form attached. Once the form is complete, it can be faxed to 613-238-4759 or emailed to bduggan@glebecentre.ca. We also have consent forms available for completion at the main entrance.

Please return the signed consent form to us by Wednesday, January 27th

Essential caregivers who received the first dose of the vaccine at the Glebe Centre on Sunday, January 10th will also be asked to complete the attached consent form.  Please do not submit your consent form to us by email. You will need to bring it with you to the Glebe Centre when you arrive for your second dose. Questions regarding the second vaccine dose for essential caregivers as well as the essential caregiver list can be directed to Susan Zorz, Director of Resident Services at szorz@glebecentre.ca / 613-238-2727 ext. 323.

January 21st, 2021

We are preparing for Residents who received the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to receive their second dose. We are anticipating that the second vaccine dose will be administered on Sunday, January 31st. If the date changes, we will advise you as soon as possible.

Please note: we MUST receive a new consent form for each resident in order for them to receive the second dose. If you are the POA for Care or Substitute Decision Maker for your loved one, please contact us for consent form. Once the form is complete, it can be faxed to 613-238-4759 or emailed to bduggan@glebecentre.ca. We also have consent forms available for completion at the Glebe Centre main entrance. This must be returned by January 27th.

Essential caregivers who received the first dose of the vaccine at the Glebe Centre on Sunday, January 10th will also be asked to complete the consent form.  Questions regarding the second vaccine dose for essential caregivers as well as the essential caregiver list can be directed to Susan Zorz, Director of Resident Services at szorz@glebecentre.ca / 613-238-2727 ext. 323.

Thank you for your continued support of our vaccination campaign.

January 12, 2021

We are pleased to share that our COVID-19 vaccine campaign for residents was extremely successful. 92% of Glebe Centre residents received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday, January 10th. The second dose will be administered on Sunday, January 31st.

We are also pleased to share that over 75% of Glebe Centre staff and over 80% of essential visitors and caregivers have now been vaccinated.

Surveillance testing for staff, essential caregivers and visitors continues to occur on a weekly basis. We do not have any active cases of COVID-19 among staff or residents at this time.

January 7th, 2021

We are pleased to announce that our COVID-19 vaccine campaign will begin on Sunday January 10th for all of residents for whom we have received signed consent forms. At this time, residents will be receiving the Pfizer vaccine.

Please note, we will only be receiving vaccine doses for residents who have confirmed consent on file by Friday, January 8th at 4:00pm. If you are the POA for Care or Substitute Decision Maker for your loved one and you would like to submit a consent form, please find the vaccine information sheet and consent form attached. Once the form is complete, it can be faxed to 613-238-4759 or emailed to bduggan@glebecentre.ca. We also have consent forms available for completion at the main entrance.

Individuals who are on the designated essential caregiver list are still eligible to register for the vaccine to be administered at the Ottawa Hospital.  Vaccines for essential caregivers cannot be administered on-site at the Glebe Centre at this time. Questions regarding the essential caregiver list can be directed to Susan Zorz, Director of Resident Services at szorz@glebecentre.ca / 613-238-2727 ext. 323.

 

January 5, 2021

Happy New Year!

Along with our greetings for the new year, we are pleased to share that our one staff positive case is now resolved. This means, we do not have any active cases of COVID-19 at this time.

All staff will continue to be tested on a weekly basis.

Our case totals as of 3:00pm are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 0 0 19

December 24th,  2020 

We have received an update from Ottawa Public Health this morning to clarify our home’s outbreak status. Further review was conducted regarding the staff member who tested positive, and it has been determined that due to the staff member’s last day of work, a home-wide outbreak is NOT required. All Thornwood residents and staff who were in close contact with the positive staff member have been tested and all results have been received and all confirmed to be ‘not detected.’

This means we can definitively confirm that our home is NOT in outbreak.

We continue to report one positive staff case, and all staff will continue to be tested on a weekly basis.

Our case totals as of 12:30pm are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 1 0 18

 

With this good news, we will not be reciting ‘How the COVID-19 Grinch Stole Christmas!’

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday.

December 23, 2020

We do not have any changes in our case numbers to report today.

Our case totals as of 3:00pm are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 1 0 18

 

December 22, 2020 

We have just received confirmation that a staff member who worked on the Thornwood (5th floor) home area has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member is self-isolating at home, and we are wishing them a speedy recovery.

Effective immediately, residents on the Thornwood home area will have two separate meal sittings, and use of the communal tub and shower room will be discontinued temporarily. All Thornwood residents will be swabbed for COVID-19 tomorrow. Residents on all other home areas will be asked to remain in their rooms as much as possible outside meal times.

We have received further clarification from Ottawa Public Health regarding the staff member whose COVID-19 test last week was ‘indeterminate,’ and later ‘not detected.’ We shared in our update last Friday that we were required to reflect this staff member as a positive case, even though the Glebe Centre was not considered to be in outbreak at that time. We have now been able to confirm with Ottawa Public Health that we do not need to reflect this staff member as an active positive case.

Our case totals have been updated to reflect that change, as well as today’s new positive case. Our case totals as of 4:30pm are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 1 0 18

Yesterday, the Ford Government announced a province-wide lockdown to begin on December 26th. This provincial lockdown will not impact our current essential visitor policy or procedure, but due to our outbreak, we ask that all essential caregivers consider the frequency and length of their visits to help us minimize the number of people in the home.

We are pleased to share that at this time, approximately 170 Glebe Centre staff have received the first COVID-19 vaccination. The limits on number of staff vaccines have been lifted, and all staff are now able to book appointments to receive the vaccine. ​

We are also pleased to share that designated essential caregivers who are supporting long-term care residents are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are administered at The Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, at 725 Parkdale Ave.

To register for your vaccine appointment, call 613-691-5505. You will be provided with your first appointment as well as an appointment for your second dose, 21 days later. During the phone call, please identify yourself as a designated essential caregiver for a resident at the Glebe Centre and that you will have a declaration letter from the Glebe Centre available for the appointment.

Once you’ve booked your appointment, you will receive an email confirmation from Ottawa Public Health which will include a parking pass, map and additional information. ​

Please note: you will need to pick up your declaration letter from the Glebe Centre in advance. Letters will be ready for pick-up from the reception desk during reception hours (8:00am – 4:00pm), beginning tomorrow. The declaration letter must be shown at the time of your visit to the vaccine clinic.

After receiving the first vaccination, all essential caregivers are required to continue following all safety protocols and will continue to require weekly surveillance testing, as directed by the Province of Ontario.

As Susan Zorz is out of the office until January 4th, please contact a member of our social work team If you have questions regarding the essential visitor or essential caregiver list or process:

Maggie Anderson – manderson@glebecentre.ca / 613-238-2727, ext. 329 or;

Allison Letourneau – aletourneau@glebecentre.ca / 613-238-2727 ext. 497 (Allison will be away the week of Dec. 28-Jan 1)

December 18th, 2020

Late yesterday, Ottawa Public Health clarified information surrounding the positive test result that had been received for one of our staff. The staff member’s initial test was considered ‘indeterminate,’ but was declared a positive by Ottawa Public Health out of an abundance of caution. The staff member was re-tested, and the result of the follow up test was that the virus was ‘not detected.’

Ottawa Public Health has since advised that our home is NOT in outbreak. The staff member will still be considered a positive case due to the indeterminate test result and will be self-isolating as per the directions of Ottawa Public Health.

The Glebe Centre will not be required to isolate residents or proceed with other outbreak measures, but we will continue our diligent procedures to prevent another outbreak in the home.

Surveillance testing of all staff will continue on a weekly basis.

Our current case totals as of 8:00am today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 1 0 18

DECEMBER 16, 2020

Unfortunately, we were notified this morning that one of our staff has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member worked on the following home areas: Kentwood, Monkwood and Queenswood (1st, 3rd and 4th floors of 6-storey building). The staff member is self- isolating at home and we are sending them our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

With this new positive case, The Glebe Centre is in home-wide outbreak.

Residents on the Kentwood, Monkwood and Queenswood home areas will have two meal sittings and only one resident will sit at each table. Staff on these 3 home areas will temporarily discontinue use of the communal tub/shower room.

Residents on all home areas will be asked to stay in their rooms as much as possible outside of meal times.

Surveillance testing of all staff will be repeated again this week. Glebe Centre staff were invited to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this week at The Ottawa Hospital. We have had exceptional interest from staff, and over 100 Glebe Centre staff members will receive the vaccine this week.

Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 1 0 18

DECEMBER7, 2020

We are no longer in Outbreak.

Surveillance testing of all staff will continue on a weekly basis.

Please note, as long as the City of Ottawa remains in the “Orange Zone,”  there are no changes to the current protocol for visiting and resident short-stay absences.

DECEMBER 1, 2020

We do not have any changes to our case numbers to report today.

Surveillance testing of all staff will continue on a weekly basis.

Going forward, updates will be provided if there are any changes to our outbreak status or case numbers.

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 0 0 18

NOVEMBER 30, 2020

We are very pleased to report that our last active staff case of COVID-19 is now considered resolved. This means, we do not have any active resident or staff cases of COVID-19 at this time.

Our home is still considered by Ottawa Public Health to be in home-wide outbreak, and we are hopeful the outbreak status will be lifted on December 5th.

Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 0 0 18

NOVEMBER 26, 2020

We do not have any changes to report today.

Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 1 0 17

 

NOVEMBER 25, 2020

We do not have any changes to report today.

​Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 1 0 17

NOVEMBER 24, 2020

We do not have any changes to report today.

​Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 1 0 17

NOVEMBER 23, 2020

We do not have any changes to report today.

​Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 1 0 17

NOVEMBER 20, 2020

We were notified this morning that one of our staff from the Lindenwood home area (2nd floor, 6-storey building) has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member is self- isolating at home and we are sending them our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

With this new positive case, The Glebe Centre will remain in home-wide outbreak.

The Woodlawn (6th floor) home area is no longer on droplet precautions as of today. This means, Residents will return to having their meals in the dining room and staff will resume use of the shared tub and shower room.

The Queenswood home area is scheduled to finish droplet precautions tomorrow.

Surveillance testing of all staff will continue on a weekly basis.

Our next email update will be sent on Monday, November 23rd.

Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 1 0 17

NOVEMBER 19, 2020

We are happy to share that the last staff positive case is now considered resolved.

We are hopeful that Ottawa Public Health will consider our home-wide outbreak to be over on Saturday, Nov. 21st.

​Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 0 0 17

 

NOVEMBER 18, 2020

We do not have any changes in our numbers to report today. We remain in home-wide outbreak.

Ottawa Public Health is recommending that residents in long-term care homes be offered a medical mask to wear in common areas as tolerated. The Glebe Centre has medical masks available for this purpose and residents were advised of this recommendation yesterday as part of regular updates that are being circulated and posted within home areas.

As announced yesterday, we are now able to receive requests to resume visits from essential visitors and essential caregivers. Please contact Susan Zorz, Director of Resident Services (szorz@glebecentre.ca / 613-238-2727 ext. 323), if you would like to make a request.

Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 1 0 16

 

NOVEMBER 17, 2020

We do not have any changes in our numbers to report today. We remain in home-wide outbreak.

We continue to receive many inquiries from families and friends regarding the resumption of essential visitor and caregiver visits.  We are now able to review requests from individuals who were formerly on the essential visitor and/or essential caregiver list.

Please note: requests to resume visits will be reviewed and overseen by Susan Zorz, Director of Residents Services. Please connect with Susan at szorz@glebecentre.ca, or 613-238-2727, ext. 323 to make your request. There is limited capacity for the number of visitors and caregivers in the home at any time, which means not every request can be approved.

Anyone who has received approval to be re-activated on the essential list must be tested for COVID-19 at an external site (such as Brewer Park), and provide confirmation of their results prior to their first visit. For the safety of our residents and staff, there is a new visiting protocol that will be provided and enforced for all visits.

Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 1 0 16

NOVEMBER 16, 2020

Two additional staff are now considered resolved cases, which means we are down to just one active staff case of COVID-19.

The Glebe Centre remains in home-wide outbreak.

Surveillance testing of staff is ongoing this week.

We understand that many family members and friends are eager to resume visits. We are working on the essential visitor/essential caregiver protocol and will be following up as soon as we are able to provide more information. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 1 0 16

NOVEMBER 13, 2020

We do not have any changes in our numbers to report today.

Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 5 0 12

NOVEMBER 12, 2020

We are very happy to share the news that the last two resident cases of COVID-19 are now considered resolved. This means, we do not have any active resident cases of COVID-19 at this time.

We have also received confirmation that another staff member has recovered from COVID-19 and we are looking forward to welcoming them back to work.

Surveillance testing results continue to arrive for residents and staff, we continue to await all of the results. Surveillance testing will be repeated early next week.

Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 0 4 19
Staff 5 0 12

NOVEMBER 11, 2020

We do not have any new Resident cases of COVID-19 to report.

We have received confirmation that another staff member has recovered from COVID-19 and we are looking forward to welcoming them back to work.

After sending yesterday’s update, we received further information related to yesterday’s new staff positive case to confirm that the staff member had also worked on the Queenswood (4th floor) home area. As of last evening, the Queenswood home area is on full droplet precautions. This means Residents are being isolated in their rooms and are receiving sponge/bed baths to avoid use of the communal tub/shower room as an additional precaution.

Surveillance testing results have begun to arrive for residents and staff and we continue to await all of the results.

Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 2 4 17
Staff 6 0 11

 

NOVEMBER 10, 2020

It is with great sadness that we share that a fourth Resident who had tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away. The entire Glebe Centre team mourns this loss and sends our sincerest condolences to the Resident’s family and friends.

Today, we received confirmation that one staff member who worked on the Lindenwood (2nd floor, 6-storey building) home area has tested positive for COVID-19. We also received confirmation that another two staff members are considered resolved cases and we look forward to welcoming them back to work.

We do not have any new Resident cases to report.

Surveillance testing for all Glebe Centre Residents took place today, and results from yesterday’s surveillance testing for staff are pending.

Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 2 4 17
Staff 7 0 10

 

NOVEMBER 9, 2020

We are very happy to share that we received confirmation today that nine of our Residents have recovered from COVID-19, for a total of 17 resolved cases and 3 active Resident cases remaining.

We do not have any new Resident or staff cases to report today.

Woodlawn (6th floor) remains on full droplet precautions. This means Residents are being isolated in their rooms and are receiving sponge/bed baths to avoid use of the communal tub/shower room as an additional precaution.

Surveillance testing for all Glebe Centre staff took place today, and all Residents will be tested tomorrow.

Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 3 3 17
Staff 8 0 8

 

NOVEMBER 8, 2020

Our numbers today remain the same for both Staff & Residents.

Our current case totals as of 2:30pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 12 3 8
Staff 8 0 8

We do not have any new Resident cases to report.

We are working with Lindenwood staff to enable our resolved COVID-19 residents to start coming out into the dining room again but the comfort has been to continue feeding them individually in their rooms. Our partners at Ottawa Public Health are fine with this arrangement as the understanding of resolved cases does take time for Staff to absorb.

Mass surveillance swabbing for all staff will be tomorrow Nov. 9th.

On behalf of the leadership team- we thank you for your ongoing support.

NOVEMBER 7, 2020

It is with great sadness that we share with you the loss of a third Resident who had tested positive for COVID-19.

The entire Glebe Centre team mourns this loss and sends our sincerest condolences to their family and friends.

We received confirmation ate yesterday that another resident on Lindenwood has been considered Resolved from COVID-19.

We have also received confirmation that another staff member has been considered resolved from COVID-19 and we welcome them back to the workplace.

We do not have any new Resident cases to report.  We are still pending results for all of the residents on Woodlawn that were swabbed as a precautionary measure Friday November 6th.

Our next mass surveillance testing for Glebe Centre staff will take place on Monday, Nov. 9th.

Our current case totals as of 2:30pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 12 3 8
Staff 8 0 8

 

The entire Glebe Centre team thanks everyone for their words of encouragement and support during these extremely difficult times.

NOVEMBER 6, 2020

Thank you for your patience with the technical difficulties we experienced with sending our update yesterday.

Today, we received confirmation that one staff member from the Woodlawn home area (6th floor) has tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member is self-isolating at home and we are wishing them a speedy recovery.

We also received confirmation today that two of our Residents, and one additional staff, have recovered from COVID-19.

We do not have any new Resident cases to report.

Due to the one positive staff result on Woodlawn, that home area (6th floor) is now on full droplet precautions. This means, Residents are being isolated in their rooms for at least 14 days. All Woodlawn Residents have been swabbed today for COVID-19. As an additional precaution, Woodlawn Residents will receive sponge/bed baths to avoid use of the communal tub/shower room for the next 14 days.

Our next mass surveillance testing for Glebe Centre staff will take place on Monday, Nov. 9th.

We have now received almost all Resident results and staff results from the surveillance testing that took place earlier this week, very few results are still pending.

Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 14 2 7
Staff 9 0 7

 

November 5, 2020

Please accept our apologies on this late report but we had IT issues last night.

We are saddened to report that a second Resident who had tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away. The entire Glebe Centre community mourns this loss.

Two staff members from the Lindenwood home area (2nd floor, 6-storey building) have tested positive for COVID-19. These staff member are self-isolating at home and we are wishing them a speedy recovery.

We also received confirmation today that five of our Residents, and two additional staff have recovered from COVID-19.

We have received almost all Resident results and some staff results from the surveillance testing that took place earlier this week.

Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 16 2 5
Staff 9 0 6

 

NOVEMBER 4, 2020

Update for Families and Friends:

One staff member from the Lindenwood home area (2nd floor, 6-storey building) has tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member is self-isolating at home and we are wishing them a speedy recovery.

We also received confirmation today that two staff members have recovered from COVID-19 and we are looking forward to welcoming them back to work.

There are no changes today to our Resident cases.

Results from Resident and staff surveillance testing are pending.

Our current case totals as of 3:00pm today are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 22 1 0
Staff 7 0 6

 

NOVEMBER 3, 2020

Update for Families and Friends:

We do not have any new staff or Resident cases to report today. Another member of our staff has recovered from COVID-19 and we are looking forward to welcoming them back to work.

All staff were swabbed again today. Results for both residents and staff are pending.

Our current case totals are:

 

Active Cases Deaths Resolved Cases
Residents 22 1 0
Staff 8 0 4

 

We were encouraged to learn of the Ford Government’s announcement that the province will commit to providing 4 hours of direct care per long-term care resident per day, which is an increase from the current 2.75 hours of care currently being provided. We look forward to more details regarding this announcement.

NOVEMBER 2, 2020

Current active case totals are:

Staff: 12

Residents: 22

Three of our staff have recovered and we are look forward to welcoming them back to work. Tomorrow all staff will be tested again.

All Residents were swabbed again today, save Woodlawn – those people were swabbed Friday, October 30th.

We continue to ask essential visitors/caregivers to hold off on visiting until greater insight into this outbreak is known. We also continue to encourage Residents to remain in their rooms as much as possible.

Your patience is greatly appreciated during this challenging time. Please expect to receive regular updates as information becomes available.

***We are in this together and we’ll get through this together***

OCTOBER 29, 2020

Our current active case totals are:

Staff: 10

Residents: 18

It is with deep sadness that we share with you that one of our Residents who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away. The entire Glebe Centre team mourns this loss.

All Resident cases are currently contained to the Lindenwood (2nd floor, 6 storey building) home area. The families of these residents have been informed.

The home areas where our active case staff work are Bankwood (1st floor, 2 storey building), Kentwood (1st floor, 6 storey building), Lindenwood, Queenswood (4th floor), Thornwood (5th floor) and Woodlawn (6th floor).

Testing of all staff took place again today.

Beginning this weekend, our Home will be welcoming the support of Ottawa community paramedics who will be assisting with care on the Lindenwood home area. We are also receiving support from The Ottawa Hospital and Ottawa Public Health to ensure that our Home is taking every possible precaution to stop the spread. Dr. Benoit Robert, our Co-Medical Director and Kathy May, a Nurse Practitioner from the Ottawa Hospital, are here to amplify the medical care being provided to our Residents and are assisting to mobilize other supports as needed.

Extensive enhanced cleaning and frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces and equipment (such as lifts) is ongoing.

We will continue to provide updated information in commitment to keeping our community informed.

OCTOBER 28, 2020

WE ARE NOW IN FACILITY WIDE BREAKOUT

We have 4 staff who tested positive from the Kentwood, Lindenwood and Queenswood home areas.

All residents have been tested and results are pending.

Staff working in the affected home areas are wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE). Residents on affected floors are being asked to stay in their rooms as much as possible while all others are being asked to stay on their floors.

Essential visitors are being asked to refrain from visiting.

 

OCTOBER 26, 2020

We have received confirmation of positive COVID-19 test results for staff at the Glebe Centre.

We are currently aware of more than 1 and less than 5 staff from the Lindenwood home area who have tested positive for COVID-19. These staff members are currently self-isolating at home and we wish them a full recovery. With these confirmed cases, the Glebe Centre is now considered to be in home-wide outbreak for COVID-19.

All residents on all home areas will be swabbed today. We are also swabbing all staff, with the goal of completing home-wide resident and staff testing by end of day tomorrow.

Until we have a grasp on how many home areas are impacted, we are asking those on the essential visitor and essential caregiver list to please NOT visit until further notice.

There will be NO swabbing for family on Thurs. Oct. 29th.  Please be reassured that as soon as we can resume visits from essential caregivers and visitors, we will ensure that an on-site swab opportunity will be offered with as much advance notice as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and support,

OCTOVER 22, 2020

We are COVID-19 free as of today.

The Glebe Centre’s flu shot campaign is in full effect and we are on track to complete administration of flu shots for residents this week. Regular flu shot clinics for staff are being offered on an ongoing basis.

The next COVID-19 surveillance testing for staff and essential visitors/caregivers will take place on Thursday, October 29th.

Please note, only those who are on the essential visitor and/or essential caregiver list are invited to be tested with us. If you have recently been added to the essential visitor/caregiver list and have not tested with us before, you are required to have your first test outside of the Glebe Centre (at an assessment centre, pharmacy, etc.). If you have been tested elsewhere and want to be tested on the 29th please contact Alliosn Letourneau at aletourneau@glebecentre.ca

Testing of only those on the essential visitor and essential caregiver list will be strictly enforced, as it is crucial that we protect our residents and staff by limiting the number of individuals accessing the home.

OCTOBER 16, 2020

We are COVID-19 free as of today.

All staff and essential visitors and caregivers were tested yesterday. Those results will be in by tomorrow.

Yesterday the Provincial Government announced that all residents are to refrain from short term or temporary absences until further notice. Absences for medical reasons will continue.

OCTOBER 2, 2020

We are COVID-19 free as of today.

As announced by Doug Ford on Thursdays, our PSWs will be receiving an $3/hour increase in their wages until March 1, 2021.

This Sunday we will end outdoor and indoor resident visits.

Caregivers and Essential Visitors can continue to visit residents.

Resident day outings can continue HOWEVER they will be placed in isolation for the following five days then tested. Medical appointments are not subject to these regulations.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020

We are COVID-19 free as of today.

Staff and REGULAR visitors will be tested on September 30th.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

WE ARE COVID-19 free as of today.

Visitor Policy:

“Essential” Visitors are there to provide direct care to the resident: meal assist,personal hygiene, meaningful connection etc. We are expanding this list to encompass the recent release of Ministry news of increasing visitor capacity, and where it is determined that a resident would benefit greatly from such personal care, we will be reaching out to family members.

All General Visitors will continue to schedule visits indoors and outdoors as has been the past practice. We are relaxing the time allotments to 30 minutes or more. If you wish, schedule an hour. If you visit relatives (Mother/daughter; husband/wife), the visits may be scheduled together.

Residents are permitted off site for the day as long as they wear a mask.

While we appreciate the apparent contradiction in these Ministry protocols, we are adhering to them and ask you to respect them also.

COVID-19 TESTING WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH. New family testing times for family are 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please email your test intentions to bduggan@glebecentre.ca.

SEPTEMBER 4, 2020

Virus testing of staff and select resident family members took place on August 28th and September 1st. We are awaiting results.

A policy is being developed for resident trips outside of the home. That should be ready on Friday.

AUGUST 27, 2020
We are COVID-19 free as of today with staff testing scheduled for tomorrow and next Monday.

AUGUST 21, 2020
We are COVID-19 free as of day.

AUGUST 14, 2020

All staff were tested this past Monday and we remain COVID-19 free.

AUGUST 10, 2020 UPDATE

We are COVID-19 free as of today.

Our bi-weekly testing for staff and family members is going on today.

We are resuming admissions in a very controlled manner. New admissions will have to provide a negative test within 24 hours of moving in; these residents will have to self-isolate for two weeks; all staff entering their rooms will wear full PPE until the isolation period is over.

Families can drop off home cooked meals for residents.

JULY 20, 2020 UPDATE

We are COVID-19 free.

Staff testing commences again today and next week as part of our every two week ritual.

JULY 20, 2020 UPDATE
After staff testing on July 10th & 13th, we remain COVID-19 free.

FAMILY VISIT POLICY

NEW: July 15, 2020 – Updated MLTC Visitor Policy to Long-Term Care Homes
On June 10, 2020, the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) issued an update to Directive #3 that included the first step in the gradual resumption of visits to long-term care homes. The attached document is intended to supplement Directive #3 and provides updated guidance to long-term care homes on reopening homes to visitors. Please review the attached documents.
• https://ltchomes.net/LTCHPORTAL/Content/Snippets/LTC%20Visitor%20Policy%20(EN)_em2.pdf
• https://ltchomes.net/LTCHPORTAL/Content/Snippets/LTC%20Visitor%20Policy%20(FR)_em.pdf

July 10, 2020 UPDATE
We are COVID-19 free.

Due to the extreme heat we have cancelled resident visits for the next three days. Anyone wanting to visit a resident must arrange that through the resident’s Power of Attorney. No dogs are permitted on these visits.

Hairdressing services are on hold as we try and secure a new hairdresser.

JUNE 29, 2020 UPDATE!!!

We are officially out of Outbreak! This news was confirmed to us today by Ottawa Public Health. We will continue will all protocols to keep the virus at bay. A very special thanks to all staff for their efforts 24-7.

JUNE 26, 2020
Barring any new cases, we will be COVID-19 free as of Monday, June 29th.

Resident visits begin next week with many conditions in place. Please call us 613-238-2727 ext. 484 or send an e-mail to Reception@glebecentre.ca to book your time slot.

JUNE 18, 2020
A decision was made to swab all staff again on Friday, June 19th to ensure we are 100% COVID-19 free. Results from that testing will come in over the weekend and into early next week. Since last week’s news we have ramped up all activities to ensure our residents and staff are safe!

**************** JUNE 15, 2020 *****************
As reported on Friday, all Glebe Centre staff were tested for COVID-19. We have received notice of one COVID-19 POSITIVE case result. While this is disappointing to hear, we will continue to be diligent with universal masking, hand hygiene and temperature-taking. Staff will continue to wear PPE when working with residents. We are also working closely with Ottawa Public Health to perform contact tracing.

More information will be provided as it is received.

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JUNE 12, 2020

1. We are COVID-19 free

2. Today, all staff were tested for COVID-19. These tests included a throat and nasal swab. Results will be posted next week.

RESUMPTION OF FAMILY VISITS
On June 11, 2020 the Ontario Government announced that limited family visits will resume on June 18, 2020.

We realize that everyone is very anxious to visit with their loved one. We are currently reviewing protocols and will develop a plan for implementation.

We will communicate the plan process to our residents and families early next week.

JUNE 5, 2020 UPDATE

1. We are COVID-19 free

2. Under a new Province of Ontario recommendation, we will endeavour to have all staff tested for COVID-19 in June.

3. The Ontario Government is freezing long-term care resident co-payments for six months. The annual increase will go into affect on January 1, 2021. The Ontario Government will ensure that long-term care homes will not lose any revenue resulting from this deferral.

4. We will remain in a full lockdown status until the Government decides otherwise.