May, 31 2021 COVID-19 Update

31 May 2021

Personal Care Home Update:

We have been made aware 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, out of an abundance of caution, residents on the affected unit are receiving extra monitoring for any symptoms.

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 unit. 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, and our residents are not required to isolate in their rooms. We will continue to actively screen designated family caregivers upon arrival, and provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as per current practice.

With the recent change in the definition of an “outbreak” in Long Term Care settings, this single staff case does not meet the definition. However, we have increased symptom monitoring of our residents anyway, as stated.  

Hospital Unit Update:

We have been made aware that one additional health care worker at Riverview Health Centre within our hospital units has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual works on a different hospital unit than the case announced on May 28, and there is no apparent link between them (although this is being checked carefully).   

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.  

At this time, no patients or other RHC employees are exhibiting symptoms linked to this case. Nurses will perform symptom and temperature checks twice each day for the Patients on the potentially affected unit. We will continue to actively screen employees at the start of each shift.

At this time we will not be suspending essential care partner visitation, and our patients are not required to isolate in their rooms. We will continue to actively screen essential care partners upon arrival, and provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as per current practice.

At this time, with no link known between our two active hospital staff cases, this does not meet the definition of an “outbreak”. However, we are examining it carefully, and will follow Infection & Control direction. 

We appreciate this is unsettling news for our Patients, 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.

Visiting Restrictions Reminder:

With the current Public Health restrictions in place effective Saturday, May 22, all outdoor general visits are suspended until further notice. 

There is no change to visiting by Designated Family Caregivers in our Personal Care Home, Essential Care Partners on our hospital units, or End of Life visiting restrictions at this time. Our visiting “pod” visits are not being canceled at this time.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and understanding.