A COVID-19 quarantine alert declared on one of the units at Providence Care Hospital on Dec. 17, 2020, is now over.
The quarantine was issued after a newly-admitted patient tested positive for the virus.
During the 14-day quarantine, all patients on the impacted unit were closely monitored for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Patients were also tested for the virus. All results came back negative.
Any staff members identified as having high risk contact with the confirmed case were placed on quarantine or put on work isolation and tested. Other staff members who subsequently developed symptoms were also tested. All staff results were negative.
All quarantine precautions on the impacted unit have now been lifted.
Given the community prevalence of COVID-19, the quarantine period for new admissions and readmissions has been increased at the hospital:
- All new admissions from other healthcare facilities must be tested for COVID-19 prior to their transfer. They may only be transferred to the hospital if their test result is negative. They must also complete a quarantine period of up to 14-days.
- All new admissions to the hospital from the community are tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and must complete a 14-day quarantine period.
- Staff at Providence Care Hospital and Community Service sites is screened daily for COVID-19.
- As per Ministry of Long-Term Care directives, all Providence Manor staff is screened twice a day for COVID-19, at the beginning and end of shifts, as well as all reentries. Screening includes taking temperatures. In addition, all staff members at the long-term care home are required to have weekly swabs for COVID-19.
- Universal masking is in place for all Providence Care sites. Masks may only be removed when eating or drinking.
- All Providence Care staff must wear eye protection at all times while in clinical spaces or resident home areas.
- All sites have enhanced housekeeping measures, including extra cleaning of high touch surfaces and common areas.
- Staff must practice safe social/physical distancing wherever possible while at work.
- At this time, only essential visitors (those with a loved one who is end-of-life) are permitted at Providence Care Hospital. Essential visitors are actively screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, and must wear a mask for the duration of their visit.
- At this time, only essential caregivers and essential visitors are permitted at Providence Manor. In addition to being actively screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, essential caregivers must also provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test done within the last seven days.
About Providence Care:
Providence Care is Southeastern Ontario’s leading provider of specialized care in aging, mental health and rehabilitation. The organization consists of Providence Care Hospital, Providence Manor long-term care home and more than 20 community-based support and mental health services across the region. To find out more about Providence Care, visit ProvidenceCare.ca or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.