A “contracted service provider” at Riverview Gardens has tested positive for COVID-19, Chatham-Kent’s long-term care facility said on social media.
Riverview Gardens officials also shared a statement by Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health.
“The positive individual was in full PPE and had contact with a limited number of individuals during their visit to Riverview Gardens,” Dr. Colby stated.
“Despite the low probability of transmission, considering the vulnerability of the population, we are exercising an abundance of caution in isolating all close contacts resulting from this visit.”
Dr. Colby added: “Contacts have no chance of passing the infection to others unless they become infected and we will monitor them carefully during their isolation period.”
Riverview Gardens officials say all staff and visitors are asked to be “vigilant in wearing masks and frequently hand wash” as they continue to follow protocols from the Public Health Unit and the Province of Ontario.
“Everyone’s safety is a number one priority,” Riverview Gardens officials stated.
Riverview Gardens is still closed to the public.
However, some indoor and outdoor visits are being allowed, if they are scheduled in advance.
“To schedule a visit, call 519-352-4823, press 6, ext. 6137 – please leave a message if there is no answer,” Riverview Gardens officials said on social media.
“Please be patient as we are experiencing a high call volume.”
There are currently 46 active cases of COVID-19 across Chatham-Kent as of Friday, July 24, 2020. To date, 219 positive cases have been confirmed and 172 people have recovered from the virsu in Chatham-Kent. One person has died.
There have been zero outbreaks or cases at long-term care and retirement homes in Chatham-Kent.