Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

All nonessential visits to this facility are suspended until further notice.

Given the staffing concerns during this difficult time, please be aware we, at SJF, are actively recruiting and hiring new staff. Despite what you may hear in the media, the new staff being hired continue to meet established standards required for the position to which they are being hired.

Additionally, all new staff are required to attend general orientation as well as role specific education. These standards and processes will not be compromised. The next general orientation is being conducted Tuesday April 7th.

Useful links for more information and daily updates:


May 6th, 2020

Special Family update

Mother’s Day

We need your assistance:

This weekend is Mother’s Day and as a team we have been brainstorming how to safely manage a large flow of items into the home. Now is not the time to blink in the face of our battle against COVID19.

Everything that comes into this home is disinfected and sits before we distribute to the home areas.

Please deliver your Mother’s Day gift between 9 am and 3:00 pm Friday May 8th, 2020.

Cut flowers in a vase wrapped in plastic so we can sanitize the plastic bag.

· No cards

· Treats again must be in sealed wrapped plastic.

· No unwrapped or unsealed items will be allowed in the home.

Please note: We have staff who are highly allergic to lilies, please do not include them in your bouquets.


Friday May 1st, 2020

Special Family Update

Hi everyone, we have wonderful news to announce to you all today.

Public health advised us that one of the labs who did the testing of some of the tests from our mass swabs last week had technical issues which has resulted in some false positive results!

All original COVID 19 residents are now off isolation.

We now currently only have 1 resident who is positive for COVID-19 residing on Hilltop D and we are monitoring closely.

Family drop offs

Due to the wonderful news we will resume family drop offs starting back up Saturday May 2nd, 2020.

Family visits

We will resume virtual  family visits starting next Tuesday. This includes digital ie. Skype, window visits, phone calls. No visitors will be allowed in the building. Please call the Home to arrange a time with the Recreation Department at 705-743-4744 ext 3036 starting Tuesday May 5.

Stay tuned for the schedule.

We are not out of the woods yet!

We still have a fight to fight but we are in it to win it!

We can do this together. Thanks for all your amazing support!

April 29th, 2020

Family update

We want to assure you that one of our residents who contracted COVID19 was already Palliative when she tested positive.  She survived COVID 19 and then passed away a few days later due to her palliative status and not as a direct result of COVID 19.

Enhanced mass testing was conducted on April 22nd and the 23rd and some positive swabs were the result.

·       3 positive swabs identified on Creekside.

·       3 positive swabs new case on Hilltop.

·       The 3 original cases have resolved on Creekside B and we are awaiting their formal release from isolation.

All Residents with positive swabs were asymptomatic (which means they showed no symptoms prior to the testing) and have been re-swabbed to ensure accuracy of the swab results.

We are thrilled to report to everyone that on April 28, 2020 after 40 days on isolation the Creekside Resident who swabbed Positive for COVID 19 was taken off isolation.  Staff gathered and cheered to celebrate this great success.

Please join us in celebrating this milestone!


 Families we need your help. 

Due to these new positive tests we have decided to shut down the family drop off box at our front door for a week starting Thursday April 30th until Thursday May 6th.  This will give us an opportunity to review all that is coming into the home.

We are all in this fight together…..If it is to be it begins with me!



April 8, 2020

Family communication update

COVID 19 Cases:

  • We do have 2 more positive results which brings our resident cases on Creekside B up to 4.

  • However, our 1st Resident who tested positive is almost ready to come out of Isolation.

  • Because residents are in precautionary isolation on Creekside, virtual visiting will be limited at this time on Creekside. Please contact Dee Archer at Ext 3036.

Ongoing Communication:

  • Please connect to our Website as we are keeping this site updated as quickly as we can.


  • Vicki Barrow (ext 3032) and Nancy Best (ext 3025) are taking family phone calls and helping to coordinate with the other departments, answer your questions and support your family.

  • Nursing will connect with you if they are concerned about Covid symptoms as well as keep you updated regarding your loved one’s clinical health.

  • We are hosting a daily radio show on our PA system, by our CEO to keep spirits lifted for the staff and residents. Birthday wishes for Residents, a little safety tip, a joke and a song for the day.

  • Father Begin has been saying regular mass for the home


Peterborough Public Health Reports First COVID-19 Case in Long-Term Care Home

Written by Communications, March 26, 2020

Today Peterborough Public Health reported the first case of COVID-19 in a local long-term care home.

One resident has tested positive, while two others have respiratory symptoms. Both of these have tested negative. All three are residents of St. Joseph’s at Fleming in Peterborough and are in isolation at the facility. One staff member who also had symptoms and was referred to community paramedics for in-home testing last evening where they will remain in self-isolation.
Peterborough Public Health is investigating to determine if there is an epidemiological link to travel or other known COVID-19 cases.

“We know St. Joseph’s at Fleming is taking the right measures to keep residents as safe as possible from the spread of this infection,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “Older adults are more at risk to severe illness caused by COVID-19 so this serves as a strong reminder that we all have a role to play in protecting our most vulnerable residents.”

Visitation to the facility has been restricted since March 14, 2020 based on the direction of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. “Our nurses will continue to support St. Joseph’s at Fleming in controlling this outbreak, and we all need to do our part by staying home and not visiting anyone at this time, especially seniors or anyone who is immunocompromised,” said Dr. Salvaterra.

People with health-related questions about COVID-19 are encouraged to call Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000 or email After these hours, people can call Telehealth Ontario for medical advice at 1-866-797-0000.
Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

For further information, please contact:
Brittany Cadence, Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 391


Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe and include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing (shortness of breath). Complications from COVID-19 can include serious conditions such as pneumonia or kidney failure, and in some cases ,death.  If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have recently travelled, contact Peterborough Public health at 705-743-1000 ext. 401 or email  Mon-Fri 8:30am-8pm, Sat. 9am – 4pm. For medical advice after these hours contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 (TTY 1-866-797-0007). Be sure to mention your symptoms and your travel history, including the countries you visited. If you are ill and must visit a health professional, call ahead and tell them that you have a respiratory illness.  For immediate medical attention call 911 and mention travel history and symptoms.


To All Staff

From:       Carol Rodd

Date:        April 3rd, 2020

Subject: Temporary Accommodation – Fleming College Residence

Fleming College has graciously offered temporary accommodation to St. Joseph’s at Fleming employees.

One floor is dedicated to our employees. We have 24 rooms available.

If you require a room, please do not hesitate to contact Luanne Roy or Matthew Boyles for details.

Thank you,

Carol Rodd

Big Thank you to Fleming College!