Grandview Lodge Receives $3 Million In Investing In Canada Infrastructure Program Funding

In 2020, Grandview Lodge applied for grant funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – COVID 19 Resiliency Infrastructure Stream for Long Term Care Homes (ICIP). Grandview was approved for the full $3,223,000 requested, which will be used to replace HVAC infrastructure at the home.

“This contribution is one of the largest ever received by Haldimand County and we are very grateful to both federal and provincial governments for providing this opportunity,” said Cathy Case, General Manager of Corporate & Social Services.

“This $3M plus in funding will fill a large gap in the County’s capital budget program and will take any burden related to the costs of this replacement project off of local taxpayers,” Case added.

Case noted that a new and improved HVAC system at Grandview Lodge will benefit staff, residents and their families by increasing infection and prevention control measures throughout the home. Work on the HVAC system replacement will begin immediately.

$120 million was recently added to the provincial and territorial agreements of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to support ventilation improvement projects in public buildings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For the Grandview HVAC replacement project, the ICIP funding contribution from the federal government totals $2,578,400 and the provincial contribution is $644,600.

For more information on the Investing in Canada Infrastructure program, visit the Infrastructure Canada website.

To learn more about Grandview Lodge, visit HaldimandCounty.ca/grandview-lodge.

 

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COVID-19 outbreak declared at Grandview Lodge

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has declared an outbreak at Grandview Lodge. One resident within the home has tested positive for the virus.

At this time, Grandview Lodge is working with public health to ensure the safety of all residents and staff.

Grandview Lodge wishes to reiterate the importance of getting vaccinated to reduce transmission of the virus and protect vulnerable populations, especially residents in long-term care. Approximately 95% of Grandview Lodge residents have been fully vaccinated.

Further updates will be shared as required.

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Grandview Lodge

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Grandview Lodge. As a result of protocols requiring regular testing of Grandview Lodge staff to ensure resident safety, one staff member was confirmed to have tested positive on Wednesday, February 18.

At this time, Grandview Lodge is working with Public Health to ensure the safety of all residents and staff. Resident testing is underway.

The outbreak will last until March 3 pending no further cases. Further updates will be provided as necessary.

 

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COVID-19 Outbreak At Grandview Lodge Declared Over

The COVID-19 outbreak at Grandview Lodge has been declared over.

The outbreak was initially declared on January 7 after an asymptomatic staff member tested positive for the virus (during routine testing). Three additional staff members received positive COVID-19 tests over the course of the outbreak; all have been cleared to return to work by public health.

The dedication and commitment of the entire Grandview Lodge team enabled containment of the virus, including no transmission to residents, no loss of life, and recovery of all affected.

Grandview Lodge staff and Haldimand County would like to extend appreciation to residents’ family members and the community for the support and words of encouragement offered throughout the outbreak.

 

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Grandview Lodge COVID-19 Outbreak Update

Through routine testing, one Grandview Lodge staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was asymptomatic at the time of testing and is currently self-isolating at home. As a result of this positive test, the declared outbreak at Grandview has been extended.

During this most recent round of routine testing, no other staff tested positive for COVID-19. All residents who may have been in contact with this staff member will be tested to rule out transmission to the resident population.

Grandview Lodge staff continues to work with Public Health to manage the outbreak. Grandview’s team of dedicated staff continue to be diligent in working safely, utilizing PPE and protecting residents.

Further updates will be shared as they become available.

 

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Grandview Lodge residents, staff receive COVID-19 vaccine

On Thursday, January 14, residents and staff at Grandview Lodge received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

In total, 109 residents and 33 staff received the vaccine on Wednesday, with additional staff vaccinations scheduled for a later date. Dr. Ahmed Kamouna, Grandview’s medical director, and a team of Paramedics and Grandview Lodge staff administered the vaccines.

“Today feels like the beginning of the end and that is exciting when it relates to a pandemic,” said Jennifer Jacob, Grandview Lodge’s Administrator. “We know this isn’t a cure and that we’re still in this battle, but there is a sense of relief knowing we are now better protected,” she noted. “We will continue to do everything we can to protect our staff and residents through the use of PPE, social distancing and hand hygiene.”

“This vaccine has been long-awaited by many and I could not be happier for Grandview Lodge staff, residents and resident families. There is still work to be done, but knowing we are one step closer to beating this virus is extremely welcome news,” said Mayor Ken Hewitt. “Much gratitude is owed to the vaccine team and all Grandview staff for their continued dedication,” Hewitt added.

According to the prioritization framework determined by the Province, vaccinations are being administered to those most at risk: residents of long-term care facilities and health care providers who are working in higher risk settings.

Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect against serious illnesses like COVID-19.

Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. This can reduce your risk of developing COVID-19 and make your symptoms milder if you do get it.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, including the Ontario government’s vaccination plan, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario.

More information on Grandview Lodge’s response to COVID-19 is available at HaldimandCounty.ca/grandview-lodge.

Below: Val Eckersley, Grandview Resident and President of Grandview Lodge Resident Council, was the first resident to receive the vaccine, administered by Dr. Ahmed Kamouna, Medical Director Grandview Lodge

Below: Laura Cornwall, RPN Hillview/Infection Prevention and Control Nurse was the first staff member to receive the vaccine by a Haldimand County Paramedic who was on site to assist with the innoculation process of residents and staff.

Below: Members of Grandview’s vaccine team. Victoria Maxwell (RN), Kim Livingstone (ADON) and Kelly Wickett-Horton (RPN).

COVID-19 Outbreak at Grandview Lodge Declared Over

Effective November 27, 2020, Haldimand-Norfolk Public Health officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak at Grandview Lodge in Dunnville, over.

The Grandview Lodge team, in collaboration with many external partners, were able to contain the initial transmission chain with no further internal transmission identified once the outbreak was declared. The dedication and commitment of the entire Grandview Lodge team enabled containment of the virus, no loss of life, and recovery of all affected residents and staff. Steps are now underway in planning the re-opening of Grandview Lodge.

The impact that social isolation has on residents is fully recognized, which is why it is imperative that appropriate steps are taken to ensure mitigation of further outbreaks. Plans are under way for visits to be re-introduced in a phased approach. An update on the re-opening plan will be communicated with registered families and friends of residents and will be posted to the website soon (www.haldimandcounty.ca/grandview-lodge). The re-opening plan will involve training and education for visitors related to infection prevention and control, proper use of personal protective equipment and hand hygiene to ensure adherence to Ministry guidelines and prevent further outbreaks. Details on how to schedule a training session will also be provided.

Grandview Lodge staff and Haldimand County would like to extend appreciation to resident’s family members and the community for the support and words of encouragement offered throughout the outbreak.

 

Update on COVID-19 Outbreak at Grandview Lodge

On Tuesday, November 3rd, a COVID-19 outbreak was declared at Grandview Lodge Long-Term Care Facility, in conjunction with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit. Three staff tested positive during routine testing and remain at home in self-isolation. The majority of test results have been returned showing 4 additional positive cases – one contracted service provider and three residents. The outbreak currently appears to be contained within one unit of the home. We are awaiting further test results and will provide updates to the community as necessary. Residents are in room isolation where required. A public health management plan has been implemented and staff continue to be diligent. The home has been closed to visitors. Grandview Lodge will take all necessary steps to keep our residents and staff safe. Our thoughts go out to all of the affected individuals and their families.

 

COVID-19 Outbreak Declared at Grandview Lodge

Grandview Lodge has declared a COVID-19 outbreak. As a result of protocols requiring regular testing of Grandview Lodge Staff to ensure safety of residents, on Tuesday, November 3rd three staff within the home were confirmed to have tested positive. The staff members are currently self-isolating. For the protection of the residents, and in accordance with Ministry of Health requirements, all visits within the home are suspended effective immediately.

At this time, Grandview Lodge will be working with Public Health to ensure the safety of all residents. “As we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, staff are committed to taking whatever steps are necessary to contain the virus and protect our residents”, says Cathy Case, General Manager of Corporate & Social Services.

Necessary personal protective equipment is worn by Grandview staff at all times when interacting with residents. Grandview Lodge staff and residents have the full support of Haldimand County and our thoughts are with the three staff members as they recover.

Grandview Lodge/Haldimand County will continue to work diligently with the public health department and Ministry of Health requirements to manage this outbreak. Further updates will be provided as necessary.

Resident family members may contact Lori Beale with any questions or concerns: 905-774-7547 ext. 2221.

 

Grandview Lodge visitation limited to essential visitors only

In addition to closing museums, libraries & arenas, Haldimand County is restricting all non-essential visitors to Grandview Lodge. These restrictions are being implemented in response to direction from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, as a measure to protect vulnerable residents.

The Ministry of Health is identifying essential visitors as those who have a resident who is dying or very ill or a parent/guardian of an ill child or youth in a live-in treatment setting. The Ministry will re-evaluate this measure in the coming weeks and ensure consistency with their recent guidance on enhanced public health measures.

Essential visitors to Grandview Lodge will continue to be actively screened prior to entry. Those who fail screening will not be permitted to enter. Grandview Lodge will be working closely with its recreation staff, residents & resident family members to facilitate video chats & other communications where possible to keep residents from feeling the negative impacts of social isolation.

There are currently NO reported cases of COVID-19 in Haldimand County and all cancelations, closures, postponements & visitation restrictions are being implemented as a precautionary measure.

Updates related to COVID-19 will be shared by Haldimand County and its healthcare partners as it becomes available. Residents are encouraged to educate themselves about COVID-19 & follow the Health Unit’s recommendations to help prevent the spread of viruses:

– wash your hands often with soap and water;

– avoid close contact with people who are sick;

– cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; if you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm;

– avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth to prevent illness;

– clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Residents looking to stay informed regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can do so by logging onto the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit website. A page (https://hnhu.org/health-topics/covid-19/) has been specifically dedicated to the virus and includes material on who is at risk, how to protect your family, what to do if you feel ill, and what precautions to take if you’ve travelled outside of Canada. The site also contains key contact information and links to updates on the current situation at the global, national and provincial level.

All facility closures, program cancellations, meeting postponement & visitation restriction information is available at HaldimandCounty.ca & will be updated regularly.

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