Second Staff Member at Long Term Care Home Tests Positive for COVID-19
PRESS RELEASE - Second Staff Member at Long Term Care Home Tests Positive for COVID-19
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 6:00 pm
Today Dufferin Oaks Long Term Care Home (operated by Dufferin County) in Shelburne, Ontario, was informed by Public Health that a second staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Dufferin Oaks implemented stringent screening protocols early last week, directing staff who felt unwell in any way to not report to work. Both staff members that have tested positive have not been onsite since first exhibiting symptoms and both are currently isolating at home.
Dufferin Oaks is continuing to work closely with Wellington Dufferin Public Health to identify any resident or staff that may have been in close contact with this second staff member. Currently none of our residents have presented with symptoms and staff are continuing to diligently monitor them. Dufferin Oaks is following the guidance of public health including taking the following measures:
- Isolating residents in the impacted units;
- Taking temperatures of all residents and staff;
- All staff members are wearing surgical masks throughout the day and additional personal protective equipment as recommended by public health.
Families of residents are being contacted to let them know of these new measures and to provide support and answer questions. The safety and well-being of our residents and staff are of the utmost importance.
Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
Pam Hillock, County Clerk