Update, May 19, 2020: COVID-19 outbreak at Chartwell Muskoka Traditions declared over
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) reported in its COVID-19 statistics today that there has been a case at a retirement home in Huntsville.
The woman in her 90s is a resident at Chartwell Muskoka Traditions, according to the health unit.
In a statement emailed to Doppler, Chartwell vice president of marketing and communications, Sharon Ranalli, said,”…we are vigilant in our efforts to manage an outbreak and thank our staff, residents and family members for their compliance and support of our efforts. We are following infection control protocols, enhanced resident monitoring including temperature and symptom checks, active screening of staff, isolation strategies in the building which includes meal delivery to suites, common areas closed, residents remain in their rooms. Also the use of PPE.”
Ranalli added that Chartwell remains in contact with families of residents to keep them updated, and will continue to follow the recommendations of the chief medical officer of health and the public health unit.
When cases of COVID-19 arise in facilities like long-term care homes and retirement residences, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit quickly begins testing of all residents and staff following its outbreak protocol.
The province recently issued a directive to health units across the province to test all residents and staff at long-term care facilities in their jurisdictions. Within the SMDHU catchment area that will amount to 7,800 tests.
We will post further details about this story as they become available.
Update, 4:45 p.m. on May 5: This post has been updated to include a statement from Chartwell as well as a note about Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s outbreak protocol.
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