March 19, 2021 COVID-19 Update19 March 2021
March 19, 2021
We have been made aware today that one health care worker at Riverview Health Centre within our Personal Care Home Program has tested positive for COVID-19.
Public Health, Occupational Health, and Infection Prevention and Control are working together to investigate this case, and follow up on any identified close contacts. At this time, there is no evidence of any exposure and therefore we anticipate the risk is low. The risk is further believed to be low because the vast majority of the residents have received both doses of their COVID-19 vaccine. However, by definition a single positive staff case within the Long Term Care setting means that Riverview Health Centre must declare an outbreak.
At this time, no Residents or other RHC employees are exhibiting symptoms. Nurses will perform symptom and temperature checks twice each day for the Residents on the potentially affected units. We will continue to actively screen employees at the start of each shift.
At this time we will not be suspending designated family caregiver visitation. We will continue to actively screen designated family caregivers upon arrival, and provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as per current practice.
In following the Long Term Care infection prevention and control guidelines, we are required to close our hair salon for the duration of this outbreak.
We appreciate this is unsettling news for our Residents, Families and Staff of Riverview Health Centre. Please be assured that we have moved quickly to investigate this situation. The health of our patients, residents and employees is our top priority.
Please note our hospital units are not affected by this current outbreak.
Further updates to follow. Thank you for your understanding.
RHC Senior Leadership Team