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COVID-19 Update October 5 2020

McCormick Care Group – COVID-19 Update

Monday, October 5, 2020

This is a McCormick Care Group – COVID-19 Update for Monday, October 5, 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.

As the cooler weather starts to approach, families are encouraged to obtain their COVID-19 testing every 14 days to allow indoor visits to continue over the cooler months.  If you are not a designated caregiver, but wish to continue visiting your loved one, indoor visits are still available at a minimum of one scheduled 30-minute visit per resident per week, with up to two visitors at a time.  All indoor visitors must have a negative COVID-19 test every 14 days.

As a reminder, each resident can designate up to two individuals to be caregivers. A caregiver is defined by the Ministry of Long-Term Care as ‘a type of essential visitor who is designated by the resident and/or their substitute decision maker and is visiting to provide direct care to the resident (e.g., supporting feeding, mobility, personal hygiene, cognitive stimulation, communication, meaningful connection, relations continuity and assistance in decision-making).’   In many cases, caregivers include family members who provide meaningful connection, privately hired caregivers, paid companions and translators.  If you wish to be designated as a caregiver, please contact one of our nursing leadership team members Arlene MacDonald, Angela Murray or Kerri Gaffney.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead,

Tanya Pol