IPAC News for the week of March 22 to 26, 2021Mar302021

Emergence of Macrolide-Resistant Mycoplasma pneumoniae during an Outbreak in a Primary School: Clinical Characterization of Hospitalized Children. Journal 


Increase in Tuberculosis Diagnostic Delay during First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Data from an Italian Infectious Disease Referral Hospital. Journal


First Candida auris Outbreak during a COVID-19 Pandemic in a Tertiary-Care Center in Lebanon. Journal  


AstraZeneca says U.S. trial data shows 79% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19. News


March Madness blog: COVID outbreak ends NCAA tournament for VCU before it starts. News


Large study suggests prior infection with COVID-19 minimises the risk of re-infection in those under 65. News    


Trump’s Mar-a-Lago partially closed after COVID outbreak. News


Nearly 200,000 Ontarians aged 80 and older have not signed up for a COVID-19 vaccination. News   


Why guidelines for what Canadians can and can’t do after getting COVID-19 vaccines are still unclear. News


Coronavirus: EU plans tougher controls on vaccine exports. News


How COVID-19 pandemic precautions crushed the flu season. News   


People infected with COVID-19 may need just one dose of vaccine, studies say. News


After COVID-19 outbreak in retirement home, families want mandatory vaccines for staff. News


Concerns over outbreak declared at Calgary restaurant. News 


IPAC News for the week of March 15 to 19, 2021Mar222021

Predictors of hospital-acquired bacterial and fungal superinfections in COVID-19: a prospective observational study. Journal 


Biofilms: The Stronghold of Legionella pneumophila. Journal 


Netherlands halts use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. News


AHS website experiences ‘intermittent issues’ as Alberta begins Phase 2A of COVID-19 vaccine rollout. News


India’s COVID-19 cases rising despite widespread belief in country’s natural immunities. News    


AstraZeneca vaccine can now be used on seniors in Canada, NACI says. News


Ebola may have lingered in a survivor for 5 years before sparking new outbreak. News  


Moderna plans to test its COVID-19 vaccine on Canadian children. News


COVID-19 outbreak prompts Saskatoon school to suspend in-person learning. News


Judge hesitant to sentence Windsor drug dealers during COVID outbreak at jail. News   


Strict three-week lockdown needed to stop explosive COVID-19 variant growth, Ontario science table says. News


Papua New Guinea to impose ‘harsh control measures’ as Covid outbreak spirals. News  


Ontario’s 3rd wave of COVID-19 could hit younger adults harder. Here’s why. News


‘It’s a flu, it ain’t a Covid!’ How to fight vaccine hesitancy. News


Don Martin: Travelling back to normal is going to require vaccine certification. News


IPAC News for the week of March 8 to 12, 2021Mar182021

Household transmission of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae: a prospective cohort study. Journal 


First Reported Nosocomial Outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 in a Pediatric Dialysis Unit. Journal 


International Women’s Day: Women’s work during the pandemic. News


New COVID-19 cases in Ontario spike above 1,600 as stay-at-home order lifts in Toronto, Peel Region. News


Canadians’ hesitancy about COVID-19 vaccine dropping, new poll suggests. News


Indoor gatherings may have caused COVID-19 outbreaks at 2 schools in Calgary area. News


China launches COVID-19 vaccine passport for cross-border travel. News  


Coronavirus: Ontario to spend $255 million to address COVID-19 outbreaks in homeless shelters. News


New Brunswick takes onus of calling people to set up COVID-19 vaccinations. News


Ontario Police College outbreak reaches more than 100 COVID 19 cases. News   


Pfizer says its vaccine is 94 per cent effective in preventing asymptomatic infection. News


Anniversary of global pandemic declaration recognized in Canada as day of remembrance. News  


Covid vaccinations: No reason to stop using AstraZeneca jab, says WHO. News


When will life return to normal? Toronto’s top doctor answers COVID-related questions. News


B.C. easing COVID-19 restrictions to allow outdoor social gatherings up to 10 people. News   


COVID-19 Lessons Learned – Throwback Thursdays Lunch & Learn SessionsMar032021

PICNet is excited to inform our Community of Practice that starting in May 2021, we will be hosting a series of on-line lunch and learn sessions. The purpose of these sessions is to provide all of us with an opportunity to:

  • Reflect on COVID-19 experiences in health care and affiliated community settings
  • Identify key lessons learned for current and future pandemic planning

Presenter Opportunities

We are seeking presenters to share their COVID-19 experiences and expertise from a variety of health care settings as it relates to Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC). The intention of this opportunity is to provide a venue for IPAC and other health care professionals to learn from one another and hear about the experiences of others. The pandemic has created and strengthened many interdisciplinary partnerships with IPAC. We strongly encourage IPAC professionals to co-present with your partners in environmental services, clinical education, and facilities maintenance & operations, just to name a few!

Some suggested presentation topics include: understanding and adherence to infection prevention and control practices, personal protective equipment challenges, outbreak mitigation in different settings, psychological safety, human resource challenges, education and training, infrastructure adaptations and supporting alternative care settings.

The presentations will need to describe your experiences during COVID-19. These are the key questions:

  • What were the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?
  • What successes did you achieve?
  • What partnerships developed as a result? How was the partnership beneficial and how did you leverage the connection made in order to create positive outcomes?
  • If you were to face a similar challenge in the future, what top 3-5 lessons would you share with your future self, based on what you have learned from COVID-19?

The ideal presentation time will be 15-20 minutes with an additional 5-10 minutes for questions from the audience. Sessions will be for 1 hour long, with 2 presentations for each session.

Suggested dates are:

  • Thursdays May 6, 13, 20 from 12-1pm
  • Thursdays June 3, 10, 17, 24 from 12-1pm

To support a culture of open knowledge sharing and quality improvement, PICNet will not be posting, recording or distributing the presentations. To submit your expression of interest and for more instructions about the presentation, please click on Lunch and Learn Presenter Form.

Please feel free to share this information with others who may be interested in presenting or co-presenting with you.


Participant Registration

Registration information for the sessions will be communicated to our community of practice once the sessions are finalized.  Please stay tuned!

We look forward to seeing all of you at our virtual lunch and learn sessions!