Leadership would like to advise the community that one individual has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Ochekwi-Sipi Personal Care Home (OSPCH) which was identified in the October 20, 2020 dashboard. The individual was at the OSPCH between the dates of October 17-19, 2020. We want to also ensure the community that the individual is not an Elder/Resident of the OSPCH.
With the provincial guidelines, the OSPCH has now been placed onto Level Red and has been declared an outbreak even though there is only one positive case in the facility. Health Services have already begun contact tracing protocols and testing will follow.
In addition to our current measures in place to prevent COVID-19 outbreak, several additional measures may be taken during an outbreak in a personal care home, depending on the identified risk. Any measures that are put in place are done to protect vulnerable residents and staff while taking their well- being into consideration.
Measures that may be implemented based on the identified risk include:
- ensuring residents with symptoms remain in their rooms, with delivered meals and access to a dedicated bathroom;
- putting droplet/contact precautions in place, including considering what kinds of medical procedures take place to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus;
- enhancing environmental cleaning and disinfection in consultation with infection prevention and control experts, with increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces and equipment;
- immediately undertaking contact tracing of individuals (staff and residents) with potential exposure to the case, with public health, infection prevention and control and occupational health officials taking part in the process;
- cancelling group activities and social gatherings;
- considering how new admissions are handled;
- increasing the frequency of active screening for COVID-19 symptoms in residents;
- increasing the frequency of active screening for COVID-19 symptoms in staff, which may include establishing screening stations or one-on-one screening;
- implementing resident and staff co-horting.
We ask our community members to remain calm during this time. Leadership, Health Services and the OSPCH are working diligently with our external partners such as First Nations Inuit Health Branch to ensure all measures are taken to ensure the safety of our elders and staff to contain any further outbreak.
Leadership remind everyone who may have symptoms even if mild to stay home. If you develop symptoms or you are not sure if you should be tested, contact Fisher River Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 431.256.0395 between 8:30am – 11:00pm. For after hours you can contact Percy E. Moore Hospital at 204.372.8444 or Health Links – Info Santé is available for questions or medical concerns at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257. If you are need to speak to someone regarding mental wellness, please contact the Rainbow House Wellness Centre 24 Hour Line a 204.256.0359.
Chief David Crate & Leadership
Fisher River Health Services
Ochekwi-Sipi Personal Care Home