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COVID-19 Update December 8 2020-1

McCormick Care Group – COVID-19 Update

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

This is a McCormick Care Group – COVID-19 Update for Tuesday, December 8, 2020.  We will continue to provide these updates twice weekly, on Mondays and Thursdays, or as needed.

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

Effective Monday, December 7, 2020, London-Middlesex became designated as an Orange-Restrict public health region.

As per the visitor policy from the Ministry of Long-Term Care, only one designated caregiver can visit a resident at a time.  While two caregivers can still be provided per resident as designated by the resident or the Power of Attorney for Care, they cannot both visit the resident at the same time.

Caregivers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the past week, otherwise entry to the home will not be permitted.  I am still in conversation with ministry and public health officials around the need for timely results for family members, and I will provide an update as soon as I receive one.

We recognize this requirement will put additional challenges and stressors upon our caregivers and may delay their visits in the upcoming week.  As communicated during the family meeting, Carling Heights Assessment Centre continues to take walk-in appointments, so caregivers may choose that location as an option.

We are willing to provide tests for our caregivers, as long as this effort does not impact our ability to provide care and services to our residents.  We will continue to evaluate how the process works and will provide an update in the coming weeks. Our first caregiver COVID-19 clinic is as follows:

  • Thursday, December 10, 2020, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and again from 3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Please note that if your last test has lapsed beyond seven days, you will need to go to an assessment centre. Alternatively, you may call ahead to Nita at ext. 2300 to make arrangements to complete testing in the parking lot, as you will not be permitted entry into the home.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at

Tanya Pol