April 4, 2020: LGL Health Unit – Outbreak in Van Horne and Willowdale retirement homes in Smiths Falls

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The Health Unit is working with the Van Horne and Willowdale retirement homes in Smiths Falls to manage an outbreak of COVID-19.

A staff member tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The Health Unit advises Lake 88 that the staff member has worked at both sites, which is allowed for some staff members.

Infection control measures under the Long-Term Care Homes Act have been put in place to manage the epidemic and are being monitored by the Health Unit.

The staff member is at home under automatic isolation and staff at both sites have been instructed to report any symptoms to public health immediately.

“The safety and security of our staff and the residents of these sites is a major concern for us, as is minimizing the risk of transmission,” said Sharon Ranalli, vice-president of marketing and communications for Chartwell Retirement Residences. “We remain vigilant in our efforts to manage this epidemic and thank our staff, residents and family members for their compliance and support for our efforts. We continue to follow the enhanced COVID-19 infection control and screening protocols and all recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Service. “

“The number of epidemics that occurred last week in long-term care homes and retirement homes in the region reminds us that we must all follow the recommended measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the community; ” says medical officer of health Dr. Paula Stewart, “it means staying at home as much as possible, keeping 2m or 6 feet away from other people.”

The best way to get reliable information about COVID-19 is to visit www.healthunit.org. Please call the Health Unit if you have any questions at 1-800-660-5853 x 2499 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. You can also get important public health updates by logging into LGLHealthunit on Facebook and Twitter.

If you have respiratory symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has them, isolate yourself at home and then use the Ontario Self-Assessment Tool for recommendations. If you need help, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider.

Visit the Ontario website, www.Ontario.ca/coronavirus for more information on how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

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