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COVID-19 Updates

Mandatory Vaccination Letter

To All of our Valued Employees, We want to start by thanking you and your leadership for all that you’ve done to help keep COVID-19 out of our Homes and to protect each other, our residents and their families. Many of you and members of your teams have shared how important vaccine mandates are

SOUTHBRIDGE PARTNERING WITH CENTENNIAL COLLEGE ON IPAC TRAINING

Southbridge is excited to announce that it is partnering with Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology to provide further IPAC training to Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses across its retirement and long-term care homes. The training will be conducted through a series of courses and workshops over four days, for a total

SOUTHBRIDGE ENHANCING IPAC BY SUPPORTING CIC CERTIFICATION FOR REGISTERED STAFF

Building on its work to enhance infection prevention and control practices across all its retirement and long-term care homes, Southbridge is supporting staff members looking to obtain their Certification in Infection Control (CIC), a voluntary, periodic certification for all Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Professionals meeting the required educational and practice requirements. Infection Prevention

IPAC Canada Announcement of Appointment

ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT The Board of Directors of IPAC Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of James Ayukekbong PhD CIC® as Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Infection Control. Dr. Ayukekbong will commence his term on January 1, 2021. Dr. Ayukekbong holds a PhD in Medical Science/Epidemiology and Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC®).

Visitor Policy Updates

The province has updated its visitor policy to address areas where there is higher community spread of COVID-19. Starting Wednesday, October 7, 2020, general visitors will not be allowed in long-term care homes in the following communities. Only essential visitors, including up to one caregiver per resident, will be allowed to visit. If the

Flu Vaccine

Epidemiologists have termed the potential co-infection, “a looming double threat”. The flu may exacerbate COVID-19 or vice versa. There is yet no vaccine against COVID-19 but there is a vaccine against the flu which is available annually. The best way to mitigate risk is by receiving the flu vaccine. To learn more, click below

September 11 COVID-19 Update

The Government of Ontario has revised its directive on visitation at retirement and long-term care homes. As of September 9, 2020, the province is expanding its indoor visitation regulations, subject to certain conditions outlined below. We know you are eager to continue visits with your loved one during this time of COVID-19 virus. We