McCormick Care Group – COVID-19 Update
Monday, January 03, 2022
This is a McCormick Care Group update for Monday, January 03, 2022.
Thank you for your patience as we waited for an update from the Middlesex London Health unit regarding the outbreak status on Memory Lane. There are significant delays in receiving lab results as a result of the large number of outbreaks in our region impacting long-term care and acute care settings.
I am pleased to report that there are no active resident cases within Memory Lane at this time. Unfortunately, we have had two individuals (staff and caregiver) associated with Memory Lane test positive for COVID-19. Due to the vulnerable nature of the population we serve, and the high level of community transmission in the London area, Memory Lane remains in outbreak status. As such, only one essential caregiver can visit at a time.
On Friday, the Home received approval from our local health unit to proceed with resuming resident bathing, following approval of our plan to ensure resident safety and infection control measures were maintained. Thank you to all the staff who have been working diligently to complete the resident bathing.
Dr. Alex Summers, Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health with the Middlesex-London Health unit has advised that all caregivers associated with McCormick Home, who test positive for COVID-19, will be required to follow the same protocol as staff. If you test positive on a Rapid Antigen Test:
- You will be asked to leave the Home immediately;
- You must self-isolate for 5 days;
(Please note, date of symptom onset or positive test result is considered Day 0)
- You must remain away from the Home for 10 days and can return on the 11th day of symptom onset/ positive result, and;
- You will be exempt from rapid testing for 30 days following the positive test result.
Caregivers need to be monitoring themselves at all times for signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19. The most common symptoms of the COVID-19 Omicron Strain include the following:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
If you have any of these symptoms, please do not come into the Home. You should assume that you have COVID-19 and follow the protocol set out above. If you have been in the home in the 48 hours preceding onset of symptoms, please notify the Home so we can implement precautionary isolation of your loved one.
Please continue to be extremely diligent following all public health measures including masking, physical distancing and hand hygiene.