Alarming situation at Simkin Centre

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(Posted Nov. 21. Updated Nov. 24)

Due to the dire situation in which the Simkin Centre now finds itself we are now providing regular updates on this website with information gleaned from the Simkin Centre website:

Following is a review of what has happened at the Simkin Centre in chronological order:

In our October 28 issue we reported that on October 22 the Simkin Centre reported its first case of COVID-19 in a resident.

Since then, Laurie Cerqueti, CEO has provided regular updates on the situation at the Simkin Centre. Following is a chronological review of those updates:

Oct. 23 - one more resident tests positive for COVID

Oct. 24 - death reported of the first resident who tested positive for COVID

Oct. 29 - 3rd resident test positive

Oct. 31 - 2nd death of a resident from COVID reported

Nov. 2 - a nurse working in the COVID unit tests positive

Nov. 2 - another staff member (on Weinberg 2) tests positive

Nov. 2 - a staff member (on Weinberg 3) tests positive

Nov. 3 - a staff member (on Weinberg 3) tests positive

Nov. 4 - all residents on Weinberg 2 & 3 had proactive asymptomatic COVID swabs taken on Nov 2. In total, Weinberg 2 has 5 asymptomatic positive test results.

Nov. 6 - staff member on Simkin 1 tests positive

Nov. 9 - family members who are willing and able to provide care to residents are asked to volunteer

Nov 11 - 2 residents from Weinberg 2 test positive

Nov. 12 - 2 staff members test positive, 1 from Simkin 1, 1 from Simkin 2

Nov. 13 - resident from Weinberg 2 tests positive

Nov. 14 - resident from Simkin 1 tests positive

Nov. 15 - 3rd death of a resident reported

Nov. 15 - 4th death of a resident reported

Nov. 16 - staff member who worked on Weinberg 1 and Simkin 2 tests positive

Nov. 18 - staff member from Weinberg 1 tests positive

Nov. 18 - resident from Weinberg 2 tests positive

Nov. 19 - staff member who worked on Weinberg 2 and Simkin 2 tests positive

Nov. 19 - resident from Simkin 1 tests positive

As of Nov. 19 - 6 residents remain in COVID isolation unit

Nov. 22 - 3 residents from Weinberg 1 test positive

Nov. 23 - staff members who worked on Weinberg 2 and Simkin 2 tests positive

Nov. 24 - 5th death of a resident reported

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As of Nov. 24:
Total number of staff to test positive - 17
Total number of residents to test positive: 20
Total number of deaths of residents - 5
Total number of active cases of residents - 8
Total number of recovered residents - 7

 

On Nov. 20 the Simkin Centre issued a call for volunteers:
Volunteers Needed
We are in need of training a team of volunteers to feed our residents, both during lunch (11:45 am-1:00 pm) and supper (4:45 pm -6:00 pm).

The Simkin Centre has positive cases of Covid-19. By volunteering you acknowledge and understand the risks involved in entering the Centre. We understand that this might be a difficult decision for you. However, based on previous outbreaks in other provincial jurisdictions, we've learned that a lack of staffing can contribute to issues with the proper feeding of Residents in Personal Care Homes. This extra assistance is required immediately and our goal is to ensure that our Residents are cared for.
Please contact me if you are interested in participating in a 2 hour orientation on feeding/swallowing. The orientation will take place at The Simkin Centre on Tuesday, November 24th at 10:30 am and 3:30 pm. Personal Protective Equipment will be provided. Please note - part of the orientation will include hands on experience in feeding a Resident, hand hygiene, and donning and doffing.
Thank you for your commitment to our Residents.
Please contact Alissa Minaker
(Acting Volunteer/Companion Coordinator) at 204-589-9008 or
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