An employee of the Wellington Terrace long-term care home in Aboyne tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. The employee experiences mild symptoms and returns home alone. County officials and Wellington Terrace staff immediately responded to the situation by asking Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to limit the spread of the virus.
Wellington Terrace has begun working closely with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to communicate with any employee who may have been in close contact with this staff member. As a result of this investigation, 12 other staff members are now self-isolated at home for 14 days. All families of Wellington Terrace residents have been informed of the situation.
“Wellington Terrace follows extensive infection control processes that follow guidelines from the Department of Health and are guided by the public health of Wellington Dufferin Guelph,” said director Kelly Linton. “We will continue to work closely with Public Health and take vigilant measures to protect both our residents and our staff. We all send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the infected staff member. “
Respiratory control measures have been put in place. All personnel wear full personal protective equipment. All residents and staff are screened twice daily for signs of respiratory infection.
“Any resident or staff member who has any evidence of a change in health is immediately tested for COVID-19,” said Suzanne Schwartzentruber, administrator of the Wellington Terrace Long Term Care Home. “Residents and staff who have been tested remain isolated until their results are known. Currently, there have been no positive cases of COVID-19 in our resident population. “
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