Friday, March 5, 2021

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Riverview Gardens

CK Public Health has declared an outbreak in a local long-term care facility after one positive case.

A staff member at Riverview Gardens is in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, public health officials said in a media release issued on Tuesday afternoon, December 1, 2020.

CK Public Health has notified and isolated staff and residents who may have been exposed to the person, public health officials say.

An outbreak is declared in a long-term care home when it meets Ministry of Health criteria; one positive case is enough to declare an outbreak, CK Public Health officials added.

“Riverview Gardens has implemented outbreak management protocols, and all residents and staff have been notified,” stated Dr. David Colby, Medical Officer of Health in Chatham-Kent, in a media release.

“We are continuing to investigate and monitor the situation, and support the facility with education on infection prevention and control.”

CK Public Health officials say it takes “all of our efforts” to protect the communities most vulnerable residents.

This includes continuing to follow public health advice to keep COVID-19 controlled in the community, public health officials added.

This includes: only travel for essential purposes, physically distance (two metres) from others, wear a mask, wash your hands or use 70% alcohol hand sanitizer frequently, and stay home if you are unwell, public health officials say.

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