COVID-19 Update

Families can call the Inquiry Line for up to date COVID-19 information related to our Homes: 519.606.5005

 

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.

At present, there are currently no reported cases of COVID-19 in either Huronview or Huronlea Homes.

As of January 22, Huronview and Huronlea are now limiting Essential Caregiver visits to a maximum of three visits per week between Monday and Sunday. Designated caregivers must participate in regular COVID-19 testing, once every week, and must have tested negative within the past 7 days.  Proof of a negative result will be required.

In light of recent announcements from Huron Perth Public Health on our region’s advancement in the provincial COVID-19 response framework, and following recommendations from the Huron-Perth Medical Officer of Health, all indoor visits, outdoor visits and leaves of absence are now suspended. Palliative visits, of one consistent person, continue to be permitted. These protocols will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

While you may be apart from your loved ones, know we will continue to take every measure possible to protect them. Please email visiting@huroncounty.ca to schedule a virtual visit.

The following preventative measures remain in place:

 

Leaves of absence

In light of recent announcements from Huron Perth Public Health on our region’s advancement into the YELLOW-PROTECT level of the provincial COVID-19 response framework, and following recommendations from the Huron-Perth Medical Officer of Health, the decision has been made to suspend all leaves of absence.

We continue to closely monitor the trends in our region and will adjust accordingly. Any further changes to protocols will be communicated as soon as possible.

Visits

In light of recent announcements from Huron Perth Public Health on our region’s advancement in the provincial COVID-19 response framework, and following recommendations from the Huron-Perth Medical Officer of Health, the decision has been made to suspend all indoor and outdoor visits.

While you may be apart from your loved ones, know we will continue to take every measure possible to protect them. Please email visiting@huroncounty.ca to schedule a virtual visit.

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 twice a day. If symptomatic, they will be isolated and tested.
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.
  • All staff are required to wear a surgical mask while in the building.
  • Staff continue to practice physical distancing and stringent hand hygiene.
  • The County of Huron will continue to source equipment and maintain a sufficient supply.
Service changes
  • Increased cleaning and sanitation measures are in place, including common areas are being cleaned and sanitized including touchable surfaces such as door knobs, railings, mailboxes, and etc.
  • Temporarily suspended meal services to the Highland and Heartland Apartments.
  • All staff, including service people and delivery persons, entering the homes will be screened.
  • Physiotherapists are now doing onsite care with PPE and other COVID measures in place.
  • PTAs will be allocated solely to one facility (either Huronview or Huronlea) and will continue to provide service within the Homes.
  • Medical Directors are providing weekly virtual care rounds for residents.
  • Both Huronview and Huronlea have a tote box at the front door for dropping off items. Please label items to be delivered and refrain from bringing food items.

 

 

Self Monitoring Tool

COVID-19 Self Monitoring Tool