Holy Family Hospital: Rehabilitation
Forwarded on behalf of Jeffrey Chan, Manager, Holy Family Rehab on January 20, 2021:
Dear Holy Family Rehab Patients, Families and Staff:
Please be advised that the period of enhanced surveillance that was called on Sunday, January 10th for Holy Family Hospital's Rehabilitation Program has been declared over by Public Health, effective today. The enhanced surveillance had been only for the Rehab unit and did not impact the Long Term Care unit of the site.
The enhanced surveillance had been called after two staff members were diagnosed on separate days with COVID-19. Public Health had determined that the exposure to patients and other staff was low in risk. No further patient or staff cases were diagnosed during the enhanced surveillance period.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation throughout the days we managed this situation.
If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Chan, Manager, Holy Family Rehab at (604) 312-0320.
The following message with sent on behalf of Dr. James Lu, Medical Health Officer, Public Health to Holy Family Rehabilitation patients, families, staff and medical staff on January 10:
We are writing to notify you of potential low-risk COVID-19 exposures that have been identified at Holy Family Rehabilitation, after two staff were diagnosed on separate days with COVID-19. As a result, Public Health has declared the initiation of Enhanced Surveillance and risk mitigation protocols. Public Health is working closely with the facility to determine if any patients or any other have been exposed in order to prevent further infections. The Enhanced Surveillance is only for Holy Family's Rehab unit and does not impact the Long Term Care unit of the site.
There is currently no change to virtual, social or essential family visitation for the patients, nor is there any impact to the outpatient Rehab clinic operations; all patient activities and appointments are continuing.
All Holy Family Rehab staff will continue to wear appropriate Protective Personal Equipment (PPE), as before, in order to protect all patients and staff at all times. We will be closely monitoring all patients and staff symptoms, and all staff and visitors will be screened before entering the building. Patients 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.
As per usual, Holy Family Rehab site leadership will continue to communicate updates, as required. If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Chan, Manager, Holy Family Rehab at (604) 312-0320.
If you need to reach PHC’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC), please call local 69357. Do not contact individual IPAC team members.