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COVID-19 Update Dec 25 2021

McCormick Care Group – COVID-19 Update

Saturday, December 25, 2021

This is a McCormick Care Group COVID-19 Update for Saturday, December 25, 2021. 

I am pleased to report that the outbreak on Evergreen Walk has been declared over! Thank you to all of the staff for your dedication and support over the past 10 days.  Thank you all of the caregivers who came in to assist during these challenging times.

The Ministry has released updated guidance last evening in response to the increasing Omicron Variant.  The ministry is urging homes to impress upon residents and their families who are leaving the home for a social day visit to:

  • Limit contact to people who are fully vaccinated
  • Limit contact to as few people as possible (and not more than 10 people as per indoor gathering rules)
  • Follow social distancing and masking guidance as much as possible
  • Be vigilant about hand hygiene

Following a return to the home from a day absence, all homes are urged, where test supply permits, to rapid antigen test residents for seven continuous days or to consider PCR testing on days 1 and 7 if that is a more feasible option. The home has supply of rapid tests so will conduct daily rapid testing for applicable residents.

I am pleased to report that results from our resident and staff testing from Memory Lane continue to return with negative results.  The two residents’ results who were re-swabbed are starting to arrive.  One has come back negative and one is still pending.  I will provide an update on the second result as soon as we receive it.

With 335 new COVID-19 cases in London-Middlesex and 9,571 cases in Ontario, with a positivity rate of 18.7%, please continue to be extremely diligent in following all public health measures.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas,  Happy Holidays and stay well.

Tanya Pol