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We hope this update finds you all safe and well. We do have a few updates to share with you.
Agency Covid-19 Positive Test Results
As you may know, we reported our first two positive Covid-19 test results late last week. We do have updates to share with you.
Positive Case #1 – was for an asymptomatic employee that does not provide direct care and works in an office setting. After review by Lambton Public Health, it was deemed that there was no risk of transmission at the workplace due to the last day worked by the employee. The employees at the location were requested to self-monitor for symptoms and continue with personal protective equipment, screening, hand hygiene and sanitizing protocols that are in place.
Positive Case #2 – was for a symptomatic employee that does not provide direct care but works in group home settings. After review by Lambton Public Health, the homes were placed under isolation protocol. An outbreak was not declared mainly in part to the personal protective equipment (and no breach in use of personal protective equipment reported), screening, hand hygiene and sanitizing protocols that are in place. Employees were not required to be tested for Covid-19 due the protocols that are in place but were required to self-monitor for symptoms. It was recommended that people that we support living in those locations be tested for Covid-19 if they provided consent to do so. The testing recommendation was due to the fact they do not wear personal protective equipment at all times in the home. Five of the seven people we support consented to a test this past Sunday (April 11). All test results came back as negative this week. The people we support were required to be monitored for symptoms and continue with the personal protective equipment, screening, hand hygiene and sanitizing protocols that are in place. This means that they will be isolating until April 15, 2021 (today) and will be out of isolation protocols on April 16, 2021. The symptomatic employee was not hospitalized and is recovering at this point.
This is great news, but we must remain vigilant in our actions both at and away from work! Proper use of PPE is non-negotiable. Thank you to everyone for your hard work, well wishes and dedication to the people we serve and each other during this time.
Emergency Childcare for Essential Service Workers
With the stay-at-home orders and changes from in-person learning to virtual learning, many are looking for options for childcare at this time.
Attached you will find the application for Emergency Child Care as well as the list of jobs the Government of Ontario considers as essential at this time – please make sure you are on this list before applying (all LCDS employees do qualify). If you would like to proceed, please fill out the attached intake form and for applicant #2 fill out only if you reside together. In order to qualify if married or common law both need to be working outside the home.
When you send the application back attach proof of employment (paystub for you and spouse/common law partner if applicable) and note which daycare your child will be attending (you will need to arrange this). Send completed intake form and paystubs to [email protected]
Please share the information as you see fit among your family, friends and colleagues as needed.
Vaccine and LCDS Vaccine Clinic Update
Central Lambton Family Health Team (Petrolia) has shared that received 200 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-9 vaccine. Any patients of the group physicians (Dr. Daniel, Dr. Butler, Dr. Al-Daher, Dr. Mall, Dr. Taylor, Dr. Cooper, Dr. Leonard, Dr. Wang, Dr. Riedl and Dr. Lam) age 55+ can book to receive this vaccine at a clinic being held on Friday, April 23 in Petrolia. This by appointment only and online booking is now open. Please visit https://getcorigan.ca/ click to sign-up or sign-in of you already have an account and follow the instructions to schedule a vaccine appointment from there. Please contact CLFHT (519) 882-2500 with any questions.
LCDS Vaccine Clinic
As you may know, we will be hosting a vaccine clinic on Monday, April 19, 2021 at our Community Skills Development Building in Petrolia.
Krista McCann has taken the lead with Lambton Public Health on coordinating the vaccine clinic and vaccine rollout for the agency. Appointments have been booked for the upcoming clinic and those people with an appointment have been notified. We do have a back-up list should cancellations occur. We will be coordinating on-site mobile testing for our other group living homes with Lambton Public Health (dates are to be finalized) as soon as we are able. Thank you for your patience as we work through the vaccine rollout for the agency.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions. Be safe and well. Thank you everyone.
Lambton County Developmental Services