COVID-19 Updates

Welcome to our COVID-19 information page. Here we will update you on everything you need to know about Bay Haven Care Community and COVID-19.


Bay Haven Nursing Home Officially Declared Out of Outbreak

Dear Bay Haven Nursing Home Family and Friends,

Exciting news!

Today Public Health declared Bay Haven Nursing Home officially out of outbreak!

Both east and west wing residents are now be permitted to take their meals in the dining room and to attend small group activities.

Bay Haven will still follow enhanced precautions including daily screening, swabbing, and wearing respirators and eye protection throughout the home. Staff and resident cohorting and social distancing protocols also remain in effect.

Although our residents and staff are currently symptom free, the omicron virus continues to be active throughout the community. We will continue to be on guard and be extra cautious to prevent this tricky virus from sneaking into our home again.

Bay Haven is grateful for the courageous efforts our staff have taken during this month-long outbreak. The entire Bay Haven team are also grateful for the support all the families have shown us during this horrible time.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
The Bay Haven Care Community Team

Published: Monday, January 24th, 2022

January 18th update on COVID-19 outbreak at Bay Haven Care Community

Dear Bay Haven Family and Friends,

Bay Haven nursing home continues to remain in outbreak.

Two new COVID-19 positive nursing home cases were confirmed late last week. Those residents have been moved into separate isolation rooms. Public Health is advising that all nursing home residents remain isolated in their rooms until further notice.

Good news for retirement home residents who can come out of isolation and resume activities and meals in the dining room on January 20th. Public Health has advised that the new date to potentially declare the outbreak over is January 28th provided there are no new cases. Fingers and toes crossed!

Bay Haven continues to follow the legal and medical directives of Public Health, the Ministry of Long-Term Care, and the Retirement Home Regulatory Authority.  Everyone entering our home, including staff, caregivers and essential support workers are screened and rapid tested. Regular PPE shipments of gowns, N95 masks, goggles and gloves continue to be delivered and we are not experiencing any shortages at this time.  Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of high touch surfaces protocols are also being followed.

Staffing continues to be a challenge. Community spread of the virus is sidelining many of our staff and care givers adding pressure to an already scarce labour pool. Agency staff are filling in where possible but finding staff who want to work in this sector is proving very difficult.

On a positive note, the Red Cross has been a blessing in supporting our dedicated but exhausted staff. Red Cross workers assist with feeding and visiting residents’ processing laundry and disinfecting high touch surfaces. Red Cross’s assistance has allowed our nursing staff to spend more time providing direct care for our residents. The Red Cross will be with us until the end of January.

Public Health is expected to announce this week when fourth dose boosters will be available for retirement and nursing home residents.

The Ministry of Health is making third dose boosters mandatory for all eligible retirement and long-term care staff.  Bay Haven will be offering an inhouse booster clinic on January 25. We remain hopeful that all staff will agree to get their third dose and that the mandatory vaccine policy will not further contribute to the labor shortage. Bay Haven continues to educate staff about the importance of receiving the booster vaccine and will make getting a booster as convenient as possible.

Bay Haven thanks you and all our community partners for their continued support and the much-appreciated snacks so many of you have sent.

Stay tuned for further updates as new information becomes available.

Sincerely,
The Bay Haven Care Community Team

Published: Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

Latest update on the Bay Haven Nursing Home COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear Nursing Home Family and Friends,

Bay Haven Nursing Home is again under enhanced precautions with residents isolating in their rooms in accordance with Public Health and Ministry protocols due to a potential high-risk contact.

Currently, there are no new confirmed cases or residents exhibiting symptoms, but Public Health is being extra cautious when it comes to dealing with the very tricky Omicron variant.

PCR tests were completed on all residents on Sunday, January 9, and those test swabs were sent to the lab today. PCR lab processing times are averaging 5 to 7 days. We will keep everyone posted when we know more and when the residents can come out of isolation.

Now for some good news! Eight Canadian Red Cross (CRC) general aid workers have been assigned to Bay Haven for four weeks to help support our exhausted and demoralized staff. These CRC general aid workers will assist with feeding, enhanced cleaning, and visiting residents. A special thank you to our local Public Health and Ministry of Health team members for arranging CRC support.

The Ministry of Health is expected to announce this month when the fourth dose boosters will be available for long term care residents. This added layer of protection is expected to further protect our vulnerable seniors as the third dose efficacy begins to wane and the pandemic continues to drag on.

And finally, all line listed COVID-19 infected staff cases have been resolved!  A special shout out to all our dedicated team members who have been working tirelessly, often 12-hour shifts to care for (their) residents. Please thank our PSW’s, registered nurses and all Bay Haven support staff who choose to come to work during these difficult and scary times to care for your loved ones.

Thank you for your continued support as we fight to keep our residents and staff safe.

Stay tuned for further updates as new information becomes available.

Sincerely,
The Bay Haven Care Community Team

Published: Monday, January 10th, 2022

Bay Haven Retirement Home is in a COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear Retirement Home Families,

Public Health has declared the Retirement Home to be in a COVID-19 outbreak.

All residents have been isolated in their rooms as a precautionary measure after two residents tested positive on rapid test. If your loved one tested positive, Bay Haven will have already reached out to you.

COVID-19 PCR tests were completed on all residents and staff on Sunday January 9, and those test swabs were sent to the lab today. PCR lab processing times are averaging 5 to 7 days. We will keep everyone posted when we know more.

Bay Haven is working closely with Public Health and Dr. Gandhi (Bay Haven’s Medical Advisor) to ensure all IPAC and Ministry directives and guidelines are being properly followed.

Marco (Recreation) will be visiting isolated residents in their rooms to help keep their spirits up. If your interested in setting up a Zoom or FaceTime call with your loved one, please contact Marco for further details.

Thank you for your continued support as we fight to keep our residents and staff safe.

Sincerely,
The Bay Haven Care Community Team

Published: Monday, January 10th, 2022

Good News for the Bay Haven Retirement Home!

Dear Families and Friends,

Good news! All of the Retirement Home residents have tested negative for COVID-19.

Effective January 1st, 2022, all Retirement Home residents will no longer have to be confined to their rooms. However, residents are not allowed to leave the home for any outings or social visits. Residents are allowed to attend outdoor medical appointments only.

All activities will be limited to a maximum of six residents per program. There will be no cross over between the nursing home and retirement home residents as the nursing home remains in lockdown.

All meal services in the Retirement Home dining room will resume as normal.

Our staff will continue to follow all safety measures such as mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing to ensure everyone in the home remains safe.

We would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support to our staff during these difficult times. We understand that the timing of all of this is hard for families, but everyday we do our best to continue protecting the health and safety of our residents from COVID-19.

Thank you for your understanding and we hope you all have a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
The Bay Haven Care Community Team

Published: Saturday, January 1st, 2022

Retirement Home Update on Bay Haven COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear Retirement Home Family and Friends,

Bay Haven Nursing Home remains in outbreak and is working closely with Public Health, Ministry of Long-Term Care, Infection Prevention and Control professionals, the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team, and our Medical Advisor, Dr. Gandhi to implement protective measures to keep our residents and staff safe.

Here is what we know today:

There are zero confirmed cases in the retirement home of COVID-19 positive residents. All retirement residents have been PCR tested and lab results confirm no positive cases.

As a precaution, retirement home residents will remain isolated in their rooms and are monitored daily for symptoms. This week, residents will be PCR tested a second time, and must stay in their rooms until Public Health confirms the lab results and advises next steps.

Dr. Gandhi has prescribed various medications to all asymptomatic residents to help them prevent and fight off the virus. Eight nursing home staff, who were all double vaccinated have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self isolating at home with mild symptoms.

All staff working in the home are screened, rapid tested and wear full PPE including, face shields, gowns, gloves and N95 respirators. All staff have been twice vaccinated and many have received their third booster. During the last few days, all staff working in the home have taken a PCR test. We are waiting for their test results from the lab.

Bay Haven has sufficient PPE, medical equipment and disinfecting and cleaning supplies thanks to the gracious support from our area health care providers including the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, area nursing homes, and the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team.

What can you do to help?

Please consider providing coffee, pizza, sandwiches or individually wrapped treats or a gift certificate. A kind word to a staff member or an uplifting note to the team also goes a long way to maintaining staff moral during this upheaval.

We realize these are excruciating times for families and our residents. The Bay Haven team is exhausted and scared but we are doing everything in our power to keep our residents safe. Please be patient and kind when calling the home as we are doing our best to provide care to your loved ones.

Bay Haven will communicate updates when new information becomes available.

Sincerely,
The Bay Haven Care Community Team

Published: Monday, December 27th, 2021

Nursing Home Update on Bay Haven COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear Family and Friends,

Bay Haven Nursing Home remains in outbreak and is working closely with Public Health, Ministry of Long-Term Care, Infection Prevention and Control professionals, the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team, and our Medical Advisor, Dr. Gandhi, to implement protective measures to keep our residents and staff safe.

Here is what we know today:

Three nursing home residents have tested positive for COVID-19. These residents are isolating by themselves and are experiencing mild symptoms including scratchy throat and runny nose. If your loved one is COVID-19 positive you will have already been notified by the charge nurse.

Dr. Gandhi has prescribed various medications to symptomatic and non symptomatic residents to help them fight the virus.

Eight staff, who were all double vaccinated have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self isolating at home with mild symptoms.

All staff working in the home are screened, rapid tested, and wear full PPE including, face shields, gowns, gloves, and N95 respirators. All staff have been twice vaccinated and many have received their third booster. During the last few days all staff working in the home have taken a PCR test. We are waiting for their test results from the lab.

Residents remain in their rooms and are receiving personal care, meals, and daily visits from the recreation team. Residents are monitored daily for symptoms.

Essential Designated Caregivers, who are fully vaccinated, and N95 mask fit tested may assist feeding their loved ones. Please call the home for further details.

Bay Haven has sufficient PPE, medical equipment, and disinfecting and cleaning supplies thanks to the gracious support from our area health care providers including the hospital, area nursing homes and the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team.

What can you do to help?

Please consider providing coffee, pizza, sandwiches or individually wrapped treats or a gift certificate. A kind word to a staff member or an uplifting note to the team also goes a long way to maintain staff moral.

We realize these are excruciating times for families and our residents. The Bay Haven team is exhausted and scared but we are doing everything in our power to keep our residents safe. Please be patient and kind when calling the home as we are doing our best to provide care to your loved ones.

Bay Haven will communicate updates when new information becomes available.

Sincerely,
The Bay Haven Care Community Team

Published: Monday, December 27th, 2021

COVID-19 Outbreak at Bay Haven Care Community

Dear Families and Friends,

Today, Public Health declared Bay Haven Nursing Home to be officially in an outbreak.  An outbreak is defined when one or more staff or residents experience the same symptoms or have received a positive test result.  Several staff have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently self-isolating at home.

This morning, all nursing home residents were PCR tested and swabs were sent to the lab for processing.  We expect lab test results by late tomorrow or Friday. As an added precaution, staff are also being PCR tested over the next few days in addition to being rapid tested at the start of their shift.

In the meantime, staff have been diligently following Public Health and Ontario government guidelines and directives and implementing recommended precautions including:

Isolating residents to their rooms.

Rapid testing staff at the start of their shift.  Staff wear appropriate PPE when assisting residents, including N95 respirators.

Cancelling general visiting. Essential Designated care givers, who are fully vaccinated may assist with feeding their loved ones. Please contact the home for further details if you’re interested.

Cancelling group activities.  Recreation staff are visiting residents in their rooms.

Installing additional hepa filter air purifiers units throughout the resident home areas.

Daily zoom meetings with Public Health where IPAC and staffing strategies are discussed and implemented.

Daily communication with Bay Haven’s Dr. Gandhi who has prescribed vitamin C for all residents to help boost their immune system.

Ensuring adequate supplies of PPE, testing kits and other essential high use supplies are available.

The Bay Haven team is in an all-out war to protect and keep safe our residents from the fourth COVID-19 wave.  Like you, we are scared but we are driven to do everything in our power to keep our residents well.

During this tough holiday season, please help us beat this relentless virus by keeping your family gatherings small, wearing a mask, and maintaining social distancing in public settings and getting your third booster shot if you’re able.

Please keep sending us your positive thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
The Bay Haven Care Community Team

Published: Thursday, December 23rd, 2021

New COVID-19 Restrictions Starting December 17th, 2021

Dear Bay Haven Families and Friends,

Amid rising COVID-19 case numbers and the Omicron variant, the Ontario government has issued new measures to protect the health and safety of residents, staff and caregivers in long-term care and retirement homes. These temporary measures will help reduce the risk of transmission during the winter months.

Effective immediately, all general visitors to Bay Haven Care Community must be fully vaccinated to enter. In addition, the Ministry will be directing all long-term care homes to increase Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) audits.

The following measures at long-term care homes will also go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, December 17, 2021:

  • Rapid Antigen testing of all staff, students, volunteers, and caregivers, regardless of vaccination status, at least twice per week prior to entry into the home as part of enhanced active screening practices.
  • Requiring a negative test upon entry to a long-term care home for all visitors and support workers who provide essential services to a resident or to the facility unless they had a negative test the day before.
  • Requiring caregivers to be fully vaccinated unless they have a valid medical exemption or are attending to a resident in a palliative end-of-life situation. Caregivers will be required to have a first dose by December 20, 2021, and all required doses to be considered fully vaccinated by February 21, 2022. In the interim, designated caregivers who are not fully vaccinated must restrict their visit to the resident’s room.
  • Limiting indoor visits to a maximum of two people per resident at a time and outdoor visits, where feasible, to a maximum total of four people per resident at a time.
  • Cohorting of residents for higher-risk activities, such as singing and dancing, and discouraging large social activities. This is in addition to the cohorting of residents during mealtimes, which is currently occurring.
  • Limiting social day trips to only residents who are fully vaccinated and requiring those residents who leave the home for social reasons to be actively screened upon their return to the home and if they had a known exposure to a case, isolated and tested using a PCR test. All residents, regardless of vaccination status, can continue to leave the home for essential reasons, such as medical appointments.
  • Suspending overnight absences of Nursing Home residents for social purposes regardless of residents’ vaccination status. Residents who wish to leave the home overnight for social purposes or due to COVID-19 may be temporarily discharged and need to follow the re-admission protocol to return later.
  • Strongly encouraging Retirement Home residents to not leave the home overnight for social purposes. If a Retirement resident chooses to leave the home for an overnight visit, they will need to have a COVID-19 PCR test and have a negative result within 24 hours of returning. Resident will be in isolation upon return. On day seven of their isolation, another PCR test will be done. Isolation will be discontinued once we receive a negative result.

Click to view the summary chart that provides an overview of changes for the Long-Term Care Home

Click to view the summary chart that provides an overview of changes for the Retirement Home

We are sensitive to the timing of these new measures as the holiday season is upon us, but at the same time we are committed to protecting the health and safety of all our residents and staff.  Implementing these extra layers of protection will help keep us safe and shielded from the threats posed by Omicron and other variants of concern.

Thank you for your continued support as we continue the fight against COVID-19.

The Bay Haven Care Community Team

Published: Friday, December 17th, 2021

CTV News Interview with Dr. Gandhi #2

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CTV News Interview with Dr. Gandhi #1

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Published: April 1, 2021


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Facts & Myths about the COVID Vaccine

Click the photo of Dr. Gandhi to read his article about the facts and myths about the COVID vaccine.

Published: January 20, 2021


Letter to the Staff of My Nursing Home

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