May 8, 2023

Dear families,

Today we have residents experiencing respiratory symptoms on St. Joseph’s (4A) unit. Nursing is continuing to monitor our residents closely. We had four residents develop Respiratory symptoms in the last 2 days.  Influenza and COVID testing has been done on residents exhibiting symptoms, the results were negative for these viruses, but the symptoms meet the definition of Common Cold Outbreak.

In consultation with WRHA infection control, and the medical director Dr. Terry Babick we are to follow outbreak protocols for the St. Joseph’s (4A) unit at this time. This includes only two (2) visitors allowed per resident at one time and visitation needs to occur in the resident room. 

At this time, affected residents who are experiencing respiratory symptoms have been isolated in their rooms and all group activities/off units events are on hold for St. Joseph’s (4A) residents and unit. Recreation activities have transitioned to small group or 1:1 activities. Residents who are not experiencing symptoms are still able to go to the dining room, but need to remain 6 feet from other residents.

If you should have any questions please connect with the nursing unit.

Thank you,

Stacey Morgan RNBN

Director of Care