The Chapman family in Markdale, Ontario signed on to Canada’s pandemic response plan in the 1980s. Ready to do their part, the family-owned Chapman’s Ice Cream will become a cold storage facility for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Registered nurse Nick Beil was facing a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at Grey Nuns Hospital when, with the help of a local historian, he decided to turn to his colleagues from a century ago for advice on how to persevere during a pandemic.
Proven benefits of time in nature include: improved mood and reduced stress; reduced risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes; increased memory, creativity, and work satisfaction.
The staff at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre organize a parade each time one of their residents recovers from COVID-19 and returns home. The parades have become something of a tradition that allow staff and family members to celebrate, boosting morale.
The province recently announced a $35-million caregiver wage support program. It is estimated that as many as 20,000 frontline workers, including healthcare aides, housekeeping staff, and long term care workers, will benefit from the program.
Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) robots are being deployed to hospitals in the Fraser Health region. The robots emit short pulses of UV light and can remove viruses and bacteria from a room in as little as 20 minutes.
Ilaria Rubino, a recent PhD graduate from the University of Alberta was recognized with a Mitacs innovation award for creating a reusable mask that could replace surgical masks worn by healthcare workers, and potentially be used for N-95 respirators.