Athens – The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and Maple View Lodge are working together to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One staff member and one resident have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Infection control measures under the Long Term Care Home Act have been put in place to manage the outbreak and are being monitored by the Health Unit.
The resident has been isolated in their room and all infection management protocols are in place to prevent the spread of this, or any other infection to others. The staff member is at home self-isolating and following the direction of public health and ministry requirements. As part of the provincial testing of all residents and staff at long-term care homes, the United Counties Community Paramedic Program tested all the residents in the Home and over half the staff members over the past weekend. This testing found the positive resident and staff person. The remaining staff will also be tested.
“We are working in close partnership with our local public health unit and medical director to ensure every possible step is taken to protect our residents and staff,“ said Tracy Jordan, Administrator for Maple View Lodge. “We have been, and continue to, follow all public health and provincial directives to protect our residents and staff. The health and safety of our residents and staff is our highest priority. ”
“The outbreaks in long-term care homes and retirement homes in LGL serves as a reminder that we all need to follow the recommended actions to decrease the risk of spread of COVID-19 in the community;” says Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health, “this includes staying at home as much as possible keeping a distance of 2m/6ft away from other people. By working together we can protect the most vulnerable among us!”
The best way to get reliable information about COVID-19 is by visiting www.healthunit.org/coronavirus. Please call the Health Unit if you have any questions at 1-800-660-5853 x 2499 from 8:30 to 4:30 every day. You can also get important public health updates by connecting with LGLHealthunit on Facebook and Twitter.
If you have respiratory symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who does, self-isolate at home and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ or call the Health Unit or your health care provider to be screened for assessment. Brockville Assessment Centre accepts walk-ins for screening at 100 Magedoma Boulevard (Brockville Memorial Centre), between 10:00am–5:30pm, on weekdays and 10:00am–2:30pm on weekends. Appointments or referrals are no longer required. If you have transportation issue, contact the Health Unit.
Visit Ontario’s website, www.Ontario.ca/coronavirus to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.