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COVID-19 Update April 7 2021

McCormick Care Group – COVID-19 Update

Wednesday April 7, 2021

This is a McCormick Care Group – COVID-19 Update for Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

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

Earlier this week, we had a caregiver test positive for COVID-19 with rapid antigen surveillance testing.  A follow-up PCR test was completed immediately and sent to the lab to confirm the result.  We received confirmation last evening that the result was positive for COVID-19.  Fortunately, this individual chose to wait the standard 15-minute period to receive the result before proceeding to visit their loved one, so there was no risk posed to our residents nor to any home area.  While this result does not impact the home nor our resident visiting policy, it serves as an important reminder that the rapid antigen test works!

As communicated in Tuesday’s update, with the increase in community transmission and variant strains, we strongly encourage all visitors to wait for their rapid test results to process before proceeding to the floors. Enhanced diligence in following public health measures both inside and outside the home remains a critical step in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.  Our goal remains to keep your loved ones safe and during this increased period of risk in our community, we ask that you wait the 15-minute testing process to protect our most vulnerable.

As previously communicated, family members are required to be tested every other day, to a maximum of three times per week.  To ease the process for our tracking purposes and statistic submission to the ministry, a “week” is considered the period from Monday to Sunday. The new week will reset on Mondays, regardless of when you were last tested.  As such, if you are visiting on a Monday, you will be asked to be tested as the new cycle resets.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and helping us in our collective approach to keeping our residents and each other safe.

Tanya Pol,