Extra COVID-19 restrictions at hospice, retirement & long-term care homes

With the safety and well-being of the communities’ most vulnerable residents being top priority, The Ministry of Health has issued that long term care and retirement homes, hospice and supporting housing only allow essential visitors into their facilities until further notice.

Municipal officials say at this time, an essential visitor is being defined as someone who is visiting a resident that is receiving end of life, or palliative, care.

“Essential visitors will be actively screened before entry to the facility is permitted,” Municipal officials said in a media release.

“Non-essential visitors who are wanting to keep in touch with loved ones that reside within long term care and retirement settings are asked to do so by phone or other technologies, as available.”

At the request of the Ministry, CK Public Health has supplied these facilities across Chatham-Kent with the screening tools and appropriate signage to support them in keeping their settings safe and secure during this time, Municipal officials say.

“Residents are reminded that this is an evolving situation and information is changing rapidly,” Chathaam-Kent officials said in a media release.

“CK Public Health is dedicated to providing information to our partners as we receive it.”

For more information regarding the abovementioned, or any other matters regarding COVID-19, residents are asked to visit www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19.

If unable to find the information they are looking for, people can call CK Public Health at on the COVID-19 intake line, 519-355-1071 ext. 1900 or email covid19@chatham-kent.ca.

Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, ordered various measures on Friday, March 13 to control the spread of COVID-19 and he also declared a local emergency as a result. Details, here here.

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on Wednesday. Details, here.

For a list of local, cancellations, postponement and further updates, click here.

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