McCormick Care Group – COVID-19 Update #1
Friday January 8, 2021
This is a McCormick Care Group – COVID-19 Update #1 for Friday, January 08, 2021.
There are no probable or suspected cases of COVID-19 among our residents or staff at this time.
It has been confirmed by both the Ministry of Long Term Care and Public Health that the hair salon is to remain closed during the provincial lockdown.
As a result of increasing COVID-19 activity provincially and within our community, based on recommendations from Dr. Alex Summers, Associate Medical Officer of Health with the Middlesex London Public Health Unit, additional safeguards are being put into place for both staff and residents within the home.
Effective Friday, January 7, 2021 staff will be wearing surgical masks and face shields or goggles, at all times, when in resident care areas or, when interacting with others, outside of resident care areas.
While visitors are not required to wear a face shield or goggles at this time, they are available for your use if you wish. They are located on the table just past the screening station at the front door. Please note, if your loved one is on droplet/contact precautions, you will be required to wear either a face shield or goggles as part of routine droplet/ contact protocol.
Per Ministry Directive #3, long term care homes are now required to have policies regarding masking for residents. The directive “strongly recommends” that residents wear masks in common indoor spaces within the long term care home, if tolerated by the resident.
As a result, residents, who are able and can tolerate masks, will be asked to wear a mask when coming to and from the dining rooms, while in the activity rooms or dens, and during bathing. During outbreaks, residents are required to wear a mask at all times, as tolerated.
A second update will follow with a COVID-19 vaccination update.
We thank you for your ongoing understanding as we fight against the spread of COVID-19.