Wednesday, February 24, 2021

2nd Riverview Gardens employee tests positive for COVID-19

Riverview Gardens officials say a second employee has tested positive for COVID-19 and CK Public Health has put all of Riverview Gardens in outbreak status.

“We are taking this very seriously, and have implemented all precautions recommended by Public Health,” Riverview Gardens officials posted on social media on Thursday morning, December 10, 2020, adding that Riverview Gardens is closed to visitors.

“We have no residents with COVID-19. We screen all residents twice daily for symptoms.”

Riverview Gardens officials say the following protocols are in place:

– One Caregiver per resident may come in at a time. The Caregiver must be pre-approved and must wear a yellow Caregiver button. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test in the last 14 days is required. Strict personal protective equipment (PPE) protocols must be followed. This includes proper mask wearing and frequent hand hygiene. Any non-adherence will be subject to entry permission being revoked. Caregivers who enter 4 West must wear full PPE, which includes gown, eye protection, mask and gloves, which are provided by the home. Caregivers must also watch our on-site PPE Videos.

– Residents may not leave the facility for non-essential absences for the duration of the outbreak. Day outings are not allowed. Medical appointments are still permitted.

– 2 East is still considered in outbreak. All residents and staff were tested, and were negative for COVID-19.

– Items may be dropped off at the Robertson Ave. entrance and put on the cart just inside the door.

“We regret that our resident phone lines remain under repair,” Riverview Gardens officials say.

“We are working to get these fixed as quickly as we can as we know how important this line is to everyone. Residents can continue to phone out. In the meantime, families may phone 519-352-4823 ext. 6137 and leave a message. The message will be delivered to the resident as soon as possible.”

Riverview Gardens officials added: “We are committed to exceptional infection control protocols: employees wearing masks, frequent hand hygiene, increased disinfecting of surfaces. Be assured everyone’s safety is our top priority.”

CK Public Health issued an outbreak at the facility on December 1, 2020.

We’ll provide more details when they become available.

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