The safety and well-being of residents and long-term care staff at the Huronview and Huronlea Homes for the Aged is priority for the County of Huron.
Everyone who enters Huronview and Huronlea Homes for the Aged, including staff, residents, and all visitors, will be screened upon each entry including participation in Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT).
The following preventative measures remain in place:
- All General Visitors, including children under the age of 5, may enter the Home. General Visitors, with the exception of children under the age of 5, must follow the Home's vaccination policy.
- Up to 4 Essential Caregivers may visit a resident at one time. All Essential Caregivers must follow the Home's vaccination policy.
All in-home visits are subject to Home’s health and safety protocols, including rapid antigen testing and wearing necessary Personal Protective Equipment as required.
Day and overnight absences (medical, compassionate, temporary or short term)
No isolation is required unless the resident has a known exposure to a case or symptomatic person while on their absence (see below). A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on day five following the absence.
Residents who go on absences on a daily or frequent basis are to have a laboratory-based PCR test, on the same day, two times per week (for example PCR test on Tuesday; PCR test on Friday).
If a timely PCR test is not available, two rapid antigen tests (RAT) 24 hours apart may be used as an alternative.
If a resident has a known exposure to a case or symptomatic person while on their absence, they must be treated as a high-risk contact as per the Ministry of Health COVID-19covid 19 Guidance: Long-Term Care Homes and Retirement Homes for Public Health Units (PDF), which would require:
- residents who are up to date with their COVID-19covid 19 vaccines to isolate until a PCR test on day five is negative
- residents who are not up to date with their COVID-19covid 19 vaccines to isolate for 10 days with a PCR test on day five
Short term absences
Resident Short-Term absences are permitted for social and essential purposes for residents regardless of vaccination status. All absences must be booked 24 hours in advance. Residents to be rapid tested upon return and PCR tested on day 5. No isolation is required.
Overnight absences are permitted for residents regardless of vaccination status. All absences must be booked 24 hours in advance. Upon return from over-night absences residents must rapid test and isolate on arrival at the home until negative PCR result is obtained from day 5 testing. Those residents who do not have 3 or 4 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are required to quarantine for 10 days with a PCR test on day 5.
Enhanced active screening
- All staff and third-party contractors are actively screened when they enter the building. If symptomatic, they cannot enter.
- All residents are actively screened for symptoms once a day. If symptomatic, they will be isolated and tested.
- Provincial and Federal travel restrictions may apply.
- These enhanced active screening protocols may be subject to change.
Isolation and testing
- Residents who become symptomatic will immediately be isolated and tested for COVID-19. If a resident tests positive for COVID-19, they will remain isolated from other residents.
- If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, contact is traced back to prevent spread, and they will not be permitted to return to work until approved.
- Any resident readmitted from the hospital will be tested and results received prior to returning to the Home.
Personal protective equipment for staff
All resident care staff will continue to wear personal protective equipment as directed by the Ministry of Health and as appropriate to their role, duties, and contact with others.
Staff continue to practice physical distancing and stringent hand hygiene.
COVID-19 Self Monitoring Tool
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