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Fairhaven Family Communication – May 22nd, 2022 – Adverse Weather Event and Outbreak Update

I’m sure that many of you are wondering about how the storm of Saturday (May 21st) affected Fairhaven. Our staff has done an incredible job of, once again, pulling together to make sure everyone is cared for, even when they are dealing with serious issues in their own homes. We had our generator fuel tank topped up Saturday evening, and it ran for as long as it needed to. We monitor fuel levels and ensure that our supplier tops up our tank periodically.

Westview 5 – The outbreak on WV5 has been declared over. One case was detected after that point, so that Resident will be isolated; hopefully, it does not spread, and we remain clear on that home area.

Riverside 2 – Peterborough Public Health has declared this outbreak to be over.

For the first time in over two years, the common cold (rhinovirus) has spread within Fairhaven. There are several cases on Riverside 4. Like we do during COVID outbreaks, we will be implementing interventions to prevent any potential spread of infection on R4.

Family COVID-19 Communication – May 16th, 2022

As of Monday, May 16th, there are six active Resident cases of COVID and 4 active cases of staff, down from 22 Resident cases and 11 staff cases a week ago. It is still too early to project an expected end date for the outbreak, but I will pass that information on when it becomes available.

Outbreak Notes:

  • Outbreaks will continue to occur at long-term care homes. Actual cases in the community are still at levels that dwarf the first several waves’ numbers. While vaccinations have clearly reduced the severity of illnesses in most cases, the fact remains that a high level of infections will continue into the foreseeable future due to the virus’s ability to mutate.
  • Fairhaven’s responsibility is to detect all cases in Residents, staff and caregivers and confirm all of the cases required through PCR testing so that Peterborough Public Health recognizes them. Our Home is committed to transparency, and we can guarantee that any COVID cases will be registered, regardless of whether this results in an outbreak or not. To do otherwise would understate community cases, put anyone entering Fairhaven at higher risk of infection, and would be contrary to Ministry of Long Term Care COVID guidelines.
  • The positive side of this infection prevention and control culture is that there is no more knowledgeable, dedicated, and committed staff (and Committee of Management), in the long-term care sector.
  • We will continue to recognize outbreaks as soon as they occur so that we may “get to work” in ending them.

Thank you for the many hundreds of emails of support from family members over the past two years. Your continuous and undivided support has meant more than you could ever know to everyone at our Home.