COVID-19 Update July 16 2020

McCormick Care Group – COVID-19 Update

Thursday, July 16, 2020

This is a McCormick Care Group – COVID-19 Update for Thursday, July 16, 2020.  We will continue to provide these updates every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as needed.

There are no probable or suspected cases of COVID-19 among our residents or staff at this time.

Please note that there will not be an update provided tomorrow, Friday, July 17, 2020, unless an emergent issue arises.

As communicated yesterday, there have been some changes to the visiting protocols for family visits.  Effective immediately, guests will no longer be required to undergo a COVID-19 test to engage in an outdoor visit with their loved one.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care has granted permission to resume indoor visits.  Due to our staff surveillance testing scheduled for next week on July 23 and 24, 2020, indoor visits will commence on July 27, 2020.  If you wish to schedule an indoor visit, ministry protocol indicates that you are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result within 14 days.  Our current practice of verifying test results will remain in place.  Indoor visits will occur in a designated visiting space off the resident home areas as we slowly reintegrate visitors back into the home.

Both indoor and outdoor visits now permit two visitors at a time per resident.  Visits must still be scheduled ahead of time and will be limited to 30 minutes to ensure equitable access for all residents.

We will be holding a Zoom videoconference meeting for all our families to provide an update and review the new protocols in place.  An audio option is available for those who do not have access to Zoom. This meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.  Following the meeting, updated documents will be uploaded to our website for you to review prior to your on-site visit.

The details of how to sign in to the meeting will be e-mailed to you shortly. If you have not registered for e-mail through our communication system, please contact me directly for the Zoom meeting details at tpol@mccormickcare.ca or by calling 519-432-2648, ext. 2321.

Thank you,

Tanya Pol
Administrator