Brock Fahrni: 3rd Floor
The following message was sent to residents and families of Brock Fahrni on behalf of Ursula Piotrowski, Site and Resident Services Manager, Brock Fahrni Pavilion on January 19, 2021:
We are pleased to advise you that the enhanced surveillance measures implemented on January 8, 2021, for Brock Fahrni’s third floor have been lifted by Public Health, effective today. The enhanced surveillance measures were put in place after a low-risk COVID-19 exposure was identified on the 3rd floor. With the measures in place, no residents or staff members tested positive for COVID-19 due to this exposure during the enhanced surveillance period.
The situation didn’t impact or impede the provision of care; the existing visitation protocols were not curtailed; third floor residents (or those on other floors) were not restricted to their rooms; and although we did initially restrict group activities on the third floor as a precaution, those were reinstated by January 11th on the advice of the Medical Health Officer.
I know each one of these COVID-related situations can be stressful. I want to assure you that Providence Health Care takes such situations extremely seriously, providing a diverse team of experts and care providers — including from Public Health and infection control — to ensure the safety of our residents and staff.
Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.
The following letter was sent to Brock Fahrni residents, families, staff and medical staff on January 8, 2021, on behalf of Dr. Alexandra Choi, Medical Health Officer, Public Health:
We are writing to notify you of a low-risk COVID-19 exposure that’s been identified on the 3rd floor of St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni, resulting in Enhanced Surveillance and risk mitigation protocols. Public Health is working closely with the facility to determine if any staff or residents have been exposed in order to prevent further infections. Currently, no residents or staff have tested positive for COVID-19.
As a precaution, stringent infection control measures have been put in place. We are restricting all group activities for residents on the 3rd floor for the time being. These precautions prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, and are standard approaches already used in care facilities during seasonal influenza outbreaks.
There is currently no change to virtual, social or essential family visitation for 3rd and 4th floor residents. Please note, further measures for infection control may be directed by Vancouver Coastal Health.
All staff will continue to wear appropriate Protective Personal Equipment (PPE), as before, in order to protect both residents and staff at all times. We will be closely monitoring all Brock Fahrni residents and staff for symptoms, and all Brock Fahrni staff and visitors will be screened before entering the building. Residents and staff who develop any symptoms, however mild, will receive the testing and the care they need.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. It can spread through droplets when a person coughs or sneezes, or touching the virus with your hands and then touching your face before washing your hands. Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to severe. These symptoms may include fever, cough, fatigue, runny nose, sore throat, temporary loss of taste and/or smell; and sometimes nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. More severe symptoms can include difficulty breathing or chest pain. While most people experience mild illness, older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness.
For further information on COVID-19 visit the Vancouver Coastal Health information page http://www.vch.ca/covid-19 or call HealthLink BC by dialing 8-1-1.
For families with outstanding questions, requiring emotional support or needing assistance navigating the healthcare system, please contact the PHC/VCH LTC Family Support Line at 1-844-824-2219 or 604-875-4953. Please note that the PHC/VCH LTC Family Support Line cannot provide specific resident status reports. For information regarding a resident in the home, please contact Brock Fahrni directly.
As per usual, Brock Fahrni site leadership will continue to communicate updates to all Brock Fahrni families via email, as required.
We’re committed to providing residents the care they need. We thank residents, families and staff for their patience, kindness and understanding.
Dr. Alexandra Choi
Medical Health Officer
Vancouver Coastal Health
If you need to reach PHC’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC), please call local 69357. Do not contact individual IPAC team members.