November 16, 2020 COVID-19 Update

16 November 2020

16 November 2020

Thank you families for your continued support and understanding.

Personal Care Home Update

Our covid-19 status remains stable on our PCH units at Riverview Health Centre.  At this time, we have had no residents test positive for covid-19.  We are closely monitoring our Residents for symptoms, and will continue to test for covid-19 should any Residents develop symptoms. From a staffing perspective, we continue to actively screen employees to determine if testing is required.  

To continue to protect our Residents, visitation remains suspended on all Personal Care Home units (CD, AB and 3W units), with the exception of end of life situations.   At this time, Residents on outbreak units (where positive staff worked), remain in isolation.  All communal activities have been suspended, including group recreation and group meals.  Residents are provided care and assisted with their meals in their rooms.  Staff wear enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE) while providing care.  

To enhance support for our Residents we have increased staffing levels on our PCH units where an outbreak has been declared.  Staff movement between units has been minimized as much as possible.  In addition, Patient Care Managers are working extended hours to further supportstaff and Resident care.

Facility wide, we continue with enhanced cleaning including high touch surfaces like common area handrails, door handles, light switches, table tops, staff conference rooms and washrooms.

Pending no new staff cases, our PCH outbreak will be declared over on December 4, 2020.

Program Update

We currently have one patient who is covid-19 positivewithin our program (hospital) side of Riverview Health Centre.  This individual did not acquire covid-19 at Riverview Health Centre, and has been in isolation since admission.  

We were advised today of a hospital-based health care worker testing positive for covid-19. This is unrelated to the above patient case. Families of patients on this unit have been advised that the risk for spread is deemed low. Staff will monitor patients for any symptoms, and will notify families if testing is required.

We will continue to provide you with timely and transparent information during this difficult time.  If you have questions specific to your loved one’s health condition, please contact the nursing staff on the unit.

Thank you for your understanding and support.


RHC Senior Leadership Team