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COVID-19 Update December 20 2020

McCormick Care Group – COVID-19 Update

Sunday, December 20, 2020

It is with extreme sadness that I share the news that our resident who tested positive for COVID-19 passed away today.

We send our deepest condolences to the family during this very difficult time.

We share most profoundly in the considerable shock and grief at the loss of this resident. This is indeed a very sad time, and we all share in this time of sorrow.

Since our outbreak was declared by the Middlesex-London Health Unit on Tuesday, December 8, we have been conducting a vigorous contact-tracing review to determine the path of the spread and are taking every precaution possible to prevent the infection from transmitting further.  At this time, there is no clear indication of how COVID-19 entered into the home, and our goal is to prevent further transmission.

We are awaiting the results of our latest weekly round of staff testing, which took place on December 16 and 17, 2020.  As of today, 98% of staff results received have been negative, and we currently do not have any outstanding resident results.  The home is on target to come out of outbreak on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

We continue to work closely with the Middlesex-London Health Unit, who is providing important direction and guidance as we navigate this significant challenge.

We ask that our essential caregivers continue to consider carefully their decision to visit their resident at this time.  Please note that any visit to Evergreen Walk will require the wearing of full PPE, which will be provided by the home.

We are all working diligently to ensure the highest standards of infection prevention and control are being maintained.

Please be assured that we place the utmost priority on keeping everyone safe.

In light of these most diligent efforts, may we all pause to share a prayer or a thoughtful moment in honour of our lost McCormick Home resident. Words cannot express how deeply we feel this most significant loss.

Tanya Pol