Terrace Lodge - January 3, 2020
[Elgin County, Ontario] –Elgin County was notified this morning that an additional staff member at Terrace Lodge Long-Term Care Home (LTCH) has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of impacted staff members to four (4). All staff members are following public health direction regarding self-isolation. County staff continue to work closely with Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) on outbreak management and to identify close contacts of the staff member who recently tested positive. Residents, staff and community members who are determined to be at risk are being contacted to prevent further spread of illness in the Home or in the community.
The number of positive staff and resident cases of COVID-19 in Elgin County’s LTCHs has held steady since December 23, 2020, when Elgin County reported a total of three (3) impacted staff members at Terrace Lodge LTCH and two (2) impacted residents at Elgin Manor (LTCH). This is directly attributable to the quick and diligent response of staff and vigilant compliance with Elgin’s Outbreak Protocols and directives received from our partners at Southwestern Public Health and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. County Homes staff continue to implement all available measures to decrease the risk of spreading the virus within our three (3) LTCHs.
Any resident or employee that shows even the slightest evidence of a change in health are immediately screened for COVID-19. At this time, both Elgin Manor LTCH and Terrace Lodge LTCH have declared outbreaks as directed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Residents in all three (3) of Elgin County’s Long-Term Care Homes are being closely monitored by our medical team.
“We have been fortunate to have contained the spread of COVID-19 in our Homes over the holidays. I’d like to commend the entire Homes team for their stamina and dedication – this isn’t easy for anyone, our staff, our residents and their families. Our proactive approach to testing staff and residents seems to be capturing COVID-19 cases early, often catching asymptomatic staff and residents. Our Homes team has implemented a number of additional safeguards to lessen the potential transfer within the Homes,” said Warden Tom Marks.
At this time, Bobier Villa LTCH does not have any positive cases among residents or staff. Regular updates and changes to visitor restrictions will be provided to residents, families and caregivers.
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