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Information on COVID-19 Virus

Information on COVID-19 Virus

Update for Families – March 30, 2020
Past Updates

McCormick Home COVID-19 Response Measures

Due to the evolving state of our response to the COVIC-19 pandemic, and as a precaution for the health of our residents and staff, here is an update on our response to the COVID-19 virus.

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

In addition, we have enacted several measures to keep our residents safe, as advised by the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

As of Saturday, March 14, we restricted all visitors to the building and have cancelled the McCormick Day Program.

We continue to actively screen employees each time they enter the building, including temperature-taking.  Further, in keeping with recent measures announced by the Ministry of Health, if any of our staff have been outside Canada and have returned to the country on or after Saturday, March 14, they will be required to self-isolate for the required period of 14 days, regardless of whether or not they are showing symptoms.

Further, we are strongly recommending that residents not leave the building (e.g., outings, shopping, family visits) to reduce their risk of exposure.

In addition to restricting visitor access to the building, we are now limiting building access to only outside services that provide direct care to our residents, including physiotherapists, dieticians, and pharmaceutical representatives.  Please note that we will not be providing hair salon services until further notice.

Please note that our supplies of both food and personal protective equipment are well-stocked and that no concerns have been expressed by our suppliers regarding any anticipated shortages.

We have also suspended all volunteer activities up to and including Monday, April 6, 2020, effective immediately.  At that time, we will re-evaluate when we will be resuming our regular volunteer program.  With the closure of the McCormick Day Program, available day program staff will assist in providing care and companionship to our residents.

If a resident wishes to connect with a loved one via Facetime or Skype, they may contact social worker Joanne Nancekivell at 519-432-2648 ext. 2369, who will assist with scheduling a suitable time for an on-screen visit. In addition, our recreation specialists will be making an extra effort to take photos of our residents and e-mail them to families.  If you have any questions, please contact our Life Enrichment Manager Ruth-Anne Durocher at 519-432-2638 ext. 2372.

Family members and friends will be able to drop off or pick up any items for our residents at the home between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

We recognize the difficulties associated with these current measures. Please be assured that the health and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. Your cooperation and understanding are appreciated.

With the continuing outbreak of the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus), the Ministry of Long-Term Care has asked all long-term care homes to issue screening information to families and visitors to keep residents and staff safe.

Please be on the alert if:
  • You have travelled outside Canada to one of the affected countries
  • You or your loved one have any symptoms that may require further screening
Symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
In addition to these symptoms, a probable case of COVID-19 may be suspected in people who:
  • Have travelled to an impacted area
  • Have come into close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 or
  • Have come into close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to an impacted area and in whom a laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19 is not available, recommended, inconclusive or negative

If you meet any of these criteria or think you may be experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact the London Middlesex Health Unit at 1-833-784-4397.

For more information, please visit the Ministry of Health website at or call 1-866-797-0000.