April 2020 – Information Updates

DAILY UPDATE – THURSDAY APRIL 30, 2020

Please see below for the daily update for Thursday April 30, 2020, which includes a summary of the current COVID-19 situation at Northwood.

Facility cases (total): 296 (+15 new)
Resident cases: 216 (+8 new)
Resident recoveries: 12 in the recovery unit (+2 new)
Deaths: 22 (no change)
Employee cases: 80 (+7 new)
Employee recoveries: 17 (+2 new)

Additional information – Northwood has transitioned two more residents to our off-site recovery unit. There are now 12 total residents who are at the recovery unit.

All long-term care residents at Northwood Halifax continue to be regularly tested for COVID-19, whether they have symptoms or not. Please be assured that if your loved one tests positive for COVID-19 the family will be contacted by a member of our staff to discuss the test result and the care plan.

DAILY UPDATE – WEDNESDAY APRIL 29, 2020

Please see below for the daily update for Wednesday April 29, 2020, which includes a summary of the current COVID-19 situation at Northwood.

Facility cases (total): 281 (+11 new)
Resident cases: 208 (+9 new)
Resident recoveries: 10 in the recovery unit (no change)
Deaths: 22 (+1 new)
Employee cases: 73 (+2 new)
Employee recoveries: 15 (new update)

Additional information – Northwood is deeply saddened to confirm that one additional resident has passed away from complications due to COVID-19. We are truly heartbroken by this news, and have extended our condolences and sympathies to the loved ones of the resident. We have also offered our support in anyway possible as they go through this very difficult time.

All long-term care residents at Northwood Halifax are being regularly tested for COVID-19, whether they have symptoms or not. Please be assured that if your loved one tests positive for COVID-19 the family will be contacted by a member of our staff to discuss the test result and the care plan.

There are still no active COVID-19 cases at our Bedford facility.

Today, Northwood President and CEO Janet Simm, and Executive Director of Long-Term Care Josie Ryan held a virtual press conference for media to provide an update and address questions. They were joined by Vickie Sullivan, Executive Director of Operations with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Video of the press conference is available below.

DAILY UPDATE – TUESDAY APRIL 28, 2020

Please see below for the daily update for Tuesday April 28, 2020, which includes a summary of the current COVID-19 situation at Northwood.

Facility cases (total): 270 (+20 new)
Resident cases: 199 (+20 new)
Staff cases: 71 (no change)
Deaths: 21 (+3 new)
Recoveries: 10 in the recovery unit (+3 new)

Additional information – We are saddened to announce that three more residents at Northwood Halifax have passed away due to complications related to COVID-19. Each time we’ve had to announce a death during this outbreak, our hearts break for the loved ones of those who have passed. We have been in contact with those families and loved ones to express our deepest sympathies and offer our support during this difficult time.

Today, three more residents have been transported to our off-site recovery unit, bringing the total residents at the unit to ten.

There are currently no COVID-19 cases at our Bedford facility.

All long-term care residents at Northwood Halifax are being regularly tested for COVID-19, whether they have symptoms or not. Please be assured that if your loved one tests positive for COVID-19 the family will be contacted by a member of our staff to discuss the test result and the care plan.

On Wednesday, April 29, Northwood President and CEO Janet Simm, and Executive Director of Long-Term Care Josie Ryan will be holding a virtual press conference for media to provide an update and address questions. They will be joined by Vickie Sullivan, Executive Director of Operations with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Video of the press conference will be available on this page Wednesday afternoon.

DAILY UPDATE – MONDAY APRIL 27, 2020

Please see below for the daily update for Monday April 27, 2020, which includes a summary of the current COVID-19 situation at Northwood.

Facility cases (total): 250 (+1 new)
Resident cases: 179 (+1 new)
Staff cases: 71 (no change)
Deaths: 18 (no change)
Recoveries: 7 in the recovery unit (+2 new)

Additional information – Today, two more residents have been transported to our off-site recovery unit, bringing the total residents at the unit to seven.

All long-term care residents at Northwood Halifax are being regularly tested for COVID-19, whether they have symptoms or not. Please be assured that if your loved one tests positive for COVID-19 the family will be contacted by a member of our staff to discuss the test result and the care plan.

The Northwood Foundation has organized Foundation Fridays, which gives organizations and individuals in the community a way to support Northwood staff. For more information or ways you can support Northwood, please visit their website.   

DAILY UPDATE – SUNDAY APRIL 26, 2020

Please see below for the daily update for Sunday April 26, 2020, which includes a summary of the current COVID-19 situation at Northwood.

Facility cases (total): 249 (+11 new)
Resident cases: 178 (+6 new)
Staff cases: 71 (+5 new)
Deaths: 18 (+2 new)
Recoveries: 5 in the recovery unit (+2 new)

Additional information – Northwood is very saddened to announce that two more residents have passed away as a result of COVID-19 complications. We have contacted the families and loved ones of the deceased to express our deepest sympathies and condolences, along with extending our support.

Today, two more residents have been transported to our off-site recovery unit, bringing the total residents at the unit to five.

All long-term care residents at Northwood Halifax are being regularly tested for COVID-19, whether they have symptoms or not. Please be assured that if your loved one tests positive for COVID-19 the family will be contacted by a member of our staff to discuss the test result and the care plan.

A MESSAGE TO OUR NORTHWOOD COMMUNITY

On Saturday, Northwood President and CEO Janet Simm provided a message to the Northwood community giving an update on the situation and thanking staff, front line workers, residents and families for their continued support.

DAILY UPDATE – SATURDAY APRIL 25, 2020

Please see below for the daily update for Saturday April 25, 2020, which includes a summary of the current COVID-19 situation at Northwood.

Facility cases (total): 238 (+10 new)
Resident cases: 172 (+2 new)
Staff cases: 66 (+8 new)
Deaths: 16 (+5 new)
Recoveries: 3 in the recovery unit (no change)

Additional information – We are heartbroken to announce that five more residents have passed away due to complications with COVID-19. We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of those who lost loved ones. We have been in direct contact to extend our support and offer our help in any way possible.

There are currently three residents who are at our off-site recovery unit, and we have two more residents who are expected to be transported to this unit tomorrow.  

We would like to echo the thoughts shared in a recent letter from the President of CUPE Nova Scotia. We are so thankful for CUPE Nova Scotia members who have stepped up to support us and our residents over the past week.

All long-term care residents at Northwood Halifax are being tested for COVID-19, whether they have symptoms or not. Please be assured that if your loved one tests positive for COVID-19 the family will be contacted by a member of our staff to discuss the test result and the care plan.

DAILY UPDATE – FRIDAY APRIL 24, 2020

Please see below for the daily update for Friday April 24, 2020, which includes a summary of the current COVID-19 situation at Northwood.

Facility cases (total): 228 (+31 new)
Resident cases: 170 (+30 new)
Staff cases: 58 (+1 new)
Deaths: 11 (no change)
Recoveries: 3 in the recovery unit (no change)

Additional information – There are currently three residents who are at our off-site recovery unit, and we have more residents who are expected to be transported to this unit over the weekend.

All long-term care residents at Northwood Halifax are being tested for COVID-19, whether they have symptoms or not. Please be assured that if your loved one tests positive for COVID-19 the family will be contacted by a member of our staff to discuss the test result and the care plan.

Northwood was pleased to receive a letter of support from Diverse Abilities NS this week as we continue to fight COVID-19.

Northwood President and CEO Janet Simm, Executive Director of Long-Term Care Josie Ryan and Executive Director of Operations with the Nova Scotia Health Authority Vickie Sullivan held media availability on Friday, and video of this is available below:

DAILY UPDATE – THURSDAY APRIL 23, 2020

Please see below for the daily update for Thursday April 23, 2020, which includes a summary of the current COVID-19 situation at Northwood.

Facility cases (total): 197 (+22 new)
Resident cases: 140 (+8 new)
Staff cases: 57 (+14 new)
Deaths: 11 (+3 new)
Recoveries: 3 in the recovery unit (No change)

Additional information – We are saddened to confirm that three additional residents have passed away due to COVID-19 complications. We have been in touch with families and loved ones to share our sympathies and offer our support during this truly heartbreaking time. Our thoughts are with them and we will continue to ensure we are doing everything we can to help.

There are currently three residents who are at our off-site recovery unit, and we have more residents who are expected to be transported to this unit over the weekend. Today, eight residents who have tested COVID-19 positive will be moved to private rooms within one of our COVID-19 Units.  

All long-term care residents at Northwood Halifax are being tested for COVID-19, whether they have symptoms or not. Please be assured that if your loved one tests positive for COVID-19 the family will be contacted by a member of our staff to discuss the test result and the care plan.

On Friday, April 24, Northwood President and CEO Janet Simm, and Executive Director of Long-Term Care Josie Ryan will be holding a virtual press conference for media to address questions in regard to planning and response to the coronavirus pandemic at Northwood’s Halifax campus. They will be joined by Vickie Sullivan, Executive Director of Operations with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Video of the press conference will be available on this page Friday afternoon.

CTV NEWS INTERVIEW – NORTHWOOD PRESIDENT AND CEO JANET SIMM

Northwood President and CEO Janet Simm spoke with Steve Murphy of CTV News Atlantic on Wednesday April 22. Janet provided an update on the situation at the Halifax facility and shed some light on how the staff is continuing to work to keep residents safe.

DAILY UPDATE – WEDNESDAY APRIL 22, 2020

Please see below for the daily update for Wednesday April 22, 2020, which includes a summary of the current COVID-19 situation at Northwood.

Facility cases (total): 175 (+23 new)
Resident cases: 132 (+20 new)
Staff cases: 43 (+3 new)
Deaths: 8 (+2 new)
Recoveries: 3 in the recovery unit (No change)

Additional information – Northwood is heartbroken to announce that two more of our residents have passed away due to complications associated with COVID-19. We have been in contact with their families and loved ones to extend our support and deepest sympathies at this difficult time.

Starting this week, Northwood has changed its reporting structure and will no longer be updating statistics per floor. Floor counts are difficult to report on at this time as we are moving recovered residents out of our facility in conjunction with the emergency action plan currently activated at the facility.

All long-term care residents at Northwood Halifax are being tested for COVID-19, whether they have symptoms or not. Please be assured that if your loved one tests positive for COVID-19 the family will be contacted by a member of our staff to discuss the test result and the care plan.

DAILY UPDATE – TUESDAY APRIL 21, 2020

Please see below for the daily update for Tuesday April 21, 2020, which includes a summary of the current COVID-19 situation at Northwood.

Facility cases: 152 total (+1 new)
Resident cases: 112 total (+1 new)
Staff cases: 40 total (0 new)
Deaths: 6 total (1 new)
Recoveries: 3 in the recovery unit (2 new)

Additional information – We are saddened to announce that one more of our residents has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. We are heartbroken by this news and extend our condolences and sympathies to the resident’s family, friends and loved ones. We have contacted the resident’s next of kin and are offering any support we can during this difficult time.

As announced earlier this week, Northwood has activated an emergency plan, and is working with government officials. There is a COVID-19 unit established at a local hotel where residents who have recovered from the virus will be transported. This will allow for those who are recovered to receive restorative care.

If you have a question, and your loved one is a resident, please visit our FAQ. If you have additional questions, please reach out to northwood@nshealth.ca.

COVID-19 UPDATE: April 20, 2020

Monday afternoon, Northwood CEO Janet Simm and Executive Director of Long Term Care Josie Ryan addressed the media in a virtual press conference. Video of that press conference is below.

In collaboration with the province, Northwood is activating an emergency plan to address the current COVID-19 outbreak. This is in addition to the safety measures we have in place to protect our residents.

With the activation of an emergency operations centre at Northwood, we have increased our resources in the fight against COVID-19. This operations centre includes:

We are grateful for the support from many organizations, including:

Resources from the Halifax Infirmary COVID-19 unit have also been redeployed to Northwood to treat COVID-19 positive residents on-site, and we have increased on-site testing frequency.

With these additional resources, we can continue to focus on our most important work: the care and support of residents at Northwood.

We would like to express our sincerest condolences to the families of those residents who recently died from COVID-19 or other complications. You are in our thoughts, and we will continue to support you during this difficult time. 

We are doing everything possible for our residents. We are extremely grateful for the hard work of our incredible staff who are working tirelessly, doing everything possible to maintain the health and wellbeing of our residents. Every day, they bring love, caring, and warmth to every single one of our residents.

This is a time for understanding. This is a time for compassion. We want our Northwood families to know: we will continue to do everything we can to care for your loved ones.

We will be contacting families with updates about our residents on a more regular basis. Not just weekly. We have also created a new email where family members can send their questions: northwood@nshealth.ca.

Please note that going forward, Northwood will post a daily update in the following format, to provide new information and statistics pertaining to the COVID-19 situation.

DAILY UPDATE – MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2020

Please see below for Northwood’s daily update for Monday, April 20, 2020, which includes a summary of the current COVID-19 situation at Northwood.

Facility cases: 151 total (+36)
Resident cases: 111 total (+31)
Staff cases: 40 total (+5)
Deaths: 5 (0 new)
Recoveries: 1 in the recovery unit with two (2) more approved to be moved to the offsite location for restorative care.

Additional information – Northwood has worked with the province to set up a new COVID-19 unit at a local hotel where residents who have recovered will be transported. This will allow for those who are recovered to receive restorative care.

If you have a question, and your loved one is a resident, please visit our FAQ. If you have additional questions, please reach out to northwood@nshealth.ca.

COVID-19 UPDATE: April 19, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce that two more of our residents have died from complications of COVID-19. They passed away peacefully at the Northwood Halifax Campus. We have been in touch with their families and loved ones to offer our sincere condolences and support during this difficult time.

We remain focussed on implementing an emergency plan with the support of our health care colleagues. Several of our residents have now recovered and we will begin transporting some of our recovered residents to an off-site unit. We have an on-site team setting up the unit at a local hotel. We will be working with a Geriatrician to assess and support those individuals who are transferring to this unit to support restorative care.

We want to thank our hard-working employees, fellow health care workers, and government officials who have helped make today’s transition plan for our recovering residents possible. Today, our first recovered resident has been transferred to our new off-site unit, and we hope to start transitioning more residents over the coming days.

*You will also notice we are making changes to how we are sharing updates about positive COVID-19 cases. Starting tomorrow, we will shift to posting our case numbers after the daily government release. We hope this will help avoid confusion.

COVID-19 UPDATE: April 18

It is with great sadness that we announce that three of our residents have died from complications of COVID-19. They passed away peacefully at the Northwood Halifax Campus. We offer our sincerest condolences to the residents’ families and friends. We have been in touch with their families and loved ones and are offering our deepest sympathy and support during this difficult time.

As of this morning, we now have a total of 80 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19 at our Halifax Campus. That is an increase of 29 since yesterday. We have a total of 35 Halifax Campus staff at an increase of 9 since yesterday. The number of confirmed cases in Home Support Workers and Health Services staff remains the same.

Northwood is very pleased to be in the position of providing all of our staff PPE where indicated. We have been very fortunate to have procured the PPE we need to deliver services safely.

Current Number of COVID-19 Residents:

1 Centre: 19 Cases

3 Centre: 19 Cases

5 Centre: 11 Cases

6 Centre: 8 Cases

7 Centre: 3 Cases

8 Centre: 6 Cases

9 Centre: 6 Cases

5 Manor: 1 Case

7 Manor: 5 Cases

10 Manor: 2 Cases

This is the original location of those who have tested positive.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Letter of Sympathy

COVID-19 UPDATE: April 17, 2020

As of this morning, we now have a total of 51 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19 at our Halifax Campus. That is an increase of 9 since yesterday. We have a total of 33 Halifax Campus staff at an increase of 7 since yesterday. The number of confirmed cases in Home Support Workers and Health Services staff remains the same. Testing is ongoing. We are currently testing additional Health Services staff for potential COVID cases. Those Health Services workers are now off of work.

COVID-19 UPDATE: April 16, 2020

As of this morning, we now have a total of 42 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19 at our Halifax Campus. That is an increase of 4 since yesterday. We have a total of 26 Halifax Campus staff at an increase of 5 since yesterday. We completed a testing clinic for 100 staff yesterday. The number of confirmed cases in Home Support Workers and Health Services staff remains the same.

Northwood is very pleased to be in the position of providing all of our staff PPE where indicated. We have been very fortunate to have procured the PPE we need to deliver services safely.

In addition to that, We have received tremendous support from our community in making cloth masks. We know these masks will not prevent individuals from contracting the infection. Evidence does show, however, that these masks may reduce the spread of the virus from the individual who is wearing the mask to others that they are in close contact with.

Last week we began providing these cloth masks to our clients in our home support program and residents in our long term care program.

Current Number of COVID-19 Residents:

1 Centre – 19 Cases

3 Centre – 4 Cases

5 Centre – 3 Cases

6 Centre – 4 Cases

7 Centre – 1 Case

8 Centre – 3 Cases

5 Manor – 1 Case

7 Manor – 5 Cases

10 Manor – 2 Cases

COVID-19 UPDATE: April 15, 2020

As of this morning, we now have a total of 38 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19 at our Halifax Campus. That is an increase of 7 since yesterday. We have a total of 21 Halifax Campus staff at an increase of 11 since yesterday. The number of confirmed cases in Home Support Workers and Health Services staff remains the same.

We are pleased to share that several of our residents who were identified as our first COVID-19 positive group are now feeling much better. Our clinical team is working closely with Public Health as we care for each of these residents and look forward to the day they are officially considered to have their COVID-19 infection resolved.

We have 485 individuals living in our Northwood Halifax Campus Long Term Care Facility in 2 separate buildings. Northwood is in the unique position to be doing our own testing for residents and staff, allowing us to expedite testing and receipt of results. We are testing anyone with any symptoms as well as close contacts and are continually contact tracing and testing staff. To date, Northwood has performed over 400 COVID-19 tests. In the past 24 hours, we tested 175 more people since the last update.

COVID-19 UPTADE: April 14, 2020

We are pleased to share that several of our residents who were identified as our first COVID-19 positive group are now feeling much better. However, there remain many unknowns regarding this virus. Our clinical team is working closely with Public Health as we care for each of these residents and look forward to the day they are officially considered to have their COVID-19 infection resolved.

As of this morning, we now have a total of 31 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. We have a total of 10 Halifax Campus staff, 4 Home Support Workers, and 2 Health Services staff.

We have 485 individuals living in our Northwood Halifax Campus Long Term Care Facility in 2 separate buildings. Northwood is in the unique position to be doing our own testing for residents and staff, allowing us to expedite testing and receipt of results. We are testing anyone with any symptoms as well as close contacts and are continually contact tracing and testing staff. To date, Northwood has performed over 400 COVID-19 tests.

Current Number of COVID-19 Residents:

19 – 1 Centre

1 – 5 Manor

1 – 6 Centre

2 – 8 Centre

5 – 7 Manor

2 – 3 Centre

1 – 7 Centre

COVID-19 UPDATE: April 13, 2020

As we all struggle to respond to the global pandemic, we know communication is critical to support families through this difficult time.

We currently have no COVID-19 positive staff nor positive resident at our Bedford Campus Long Term Care facility.

We have 485  individuals living in our Northwood Halifax Campus Long Term Care Facility in 2 separate buildings.

Northwood is in the unique position to be doing our own testing for residents and staff, allowing us to expedite testing and receipt of results. We are testing anyone with any symptoms as well as close contacts and are continually contact tracing and testing staff.

We currently have 16 Residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Currently, symptoms range from very mild to moderate. Most are displaying very mild symptoms.

The neighborhoods that are impacted are as follows:

10 – residents from  Chestnut Lake  – 1 Centre

1 – resident from  Cedar Lake –  3 Centre 

1 – resident from  Alder Shore –  6 Centre

1 – resident from  Birch Bay –  7 Centre

1 – resident from  Pine Bay –  8 Centre

1 – resident from  Evergreen Ocean –  5 Manor

1 – resident from  Linden Haven –  7 Manor

All positive residents have been relocated to the Treatment floor on Beech River – 11 Manor – and are in stable condition at this time. The treatment floor has a higher staffing ratio per resident and the Medical Director and Nurse Practitioner are overseeing medical care.

Our care teams are connecting with all families for regular updates.  

Families are encouraged to call the neighborhood that your loved one is living on for information. There will be weekly calls made to all those who have requested check-ins.

We have 10 staff that have tested positive.- again displaying very minor to moderate symptoms. We continue to maintain critical or above staffing levels. We have a team of over 1800 amazing individuals who are helping out wherever required so there is additional staff available to support when required. 

Northwood is working closely with the experts from the Department of Health and Wellness, Public Health and the Nova Scotia Health Authority – an amazing team!

COVID-19 UPDATE: April 12, 2020

As of this morning, there are 8 Halifax Campus residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Residents who are positive are being monitored and treated on the COVID treatment floor.

There has now been an additional Home Support worker who has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is now off of work and contact tracing is ongoing.

Current Number of COVID-19 cases: 8 Halifax Residents have tested positive – 9 Halifax Staff – 2 Health Services Staff – 4 Home Care Workers

COVID-19 UPDATE: April 10, 2020

As of this morning, there are 9 Halifax staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. All of these staff members are off work and contact tracing is ongoing.

There are 5 residents living in our Halifax Campus who have tested positive for COVID-19. Residents who are positive are being monitored and treated on the COVID treatment floor.  All other residents in potential contact have been swabbed and the results to date are negative.

Thank you all for your patients and concern for our residents and staff.

Current Number of COVID-19 cases: 5 Halifax Residents have tested positive – 9 Halifax Staff – 2 Health Services Staff – 3 Home Care Workers

COVID-19 UPDATE: April 9, 2020

Thank you for your patience.

As of this morning, we have four staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 and no new residents confirmed positive.

All residents and staff who were potential contacts have been tested. There have been 77 staff members tested in the past two days.

Current Number of COVID-19 cases: 5 Halifax Residents have tested positive – 4 Halifax Staff – 2 Health Services Staff – 3 Home Care Workers

COVID-19 UPDATE: April 8, 2020

Thank you for your patience. We understand this is a difficult time.

As of yesterday, we have three new, resident confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our Centre Building.  The residents were all located on 1 Centre – Chestnut Lake.

All of the residents who have been confirmed COVID positive have now been transferred to our treatment floor on 11 Manor – Beech River to receive specialized treatment as required.

All residents and staff who were potential contacts have been tested. These test results have all returned negative to date. We are connecting personally with those who have been tested to advise of results and to support them in monitoring their health and well-being.

We would like to thank the community and families of our residents for their support. We also want to commend the spirit and commitment of the staff at Northwood who are caring for residents during this unprecedented time in history.

As of April 7, 2020 – 5 residents and 2 staff are confirmed at the Halifax Campus. The number of cases within our Home Care staff has remained at 2.

URGENT UPDATE: April 7, 2020

This update is to make you aware that we have another staff member that has been confirmed positive for COVID in our Northwood Community.  We now have 2 Halifax staff members with confirmed cases of COVID-19. The number of cases within our Home Care staff has remained at 2. Unfortunately, we now have 2 Halifax residents confirmed with COVID-19

We are working with Public Health and the Department of Health and Wellness to complete contact tracing and ensure appropriate measures are put in place.  All known potential staff contacts have been notified and any potential resident contacts are being swabbed and will be on precautions and regularly monitored for symptoms. 

Residents, clients and families of those affected are being contacted.

URGENT UPDATE: April 5, 2020

This update is to make you aware that we have staff members that have been confirmed positive for COVID in our Northwood Community.  There are 2 staff members who have tested positive in our Home Care program and one staff person at our Halifax Campus.

We are working with Public Health and the Department of Health and Wellness to complete contact tracing and ensure appropriate measures are put in place.  All known potential staff contacts have been notified and any potential resident contacts are being swabbed and will be on precautions and regularly monitored for symptoms. 

Residents, clients and families of those affected are being contacted.

Important Update: April 2, 2020 – Letter to Family