Friday, March 5, 2021

COVID-19 outbreak declared over at Fairfield Park in Wallaceburg

The COVID-19 outbreak at Fairfield Park in Wallaceburg has been declared over.

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit marked the outbreak as resolved on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.

It had been declared on December 17, 2020.

“Although we are very excited about this news, we know COVID-19 remains a significant risk in our community and the province is locking down many regions in Ontario, including Chatham-Kent, to minimize further spread,” Fairfield Park officials posted on their website on Tuesday.

“We ask that everyone remain diligent over the holiday season to minimize further spread of COVID-19.”

Fairfield Park officials say moving forward, the following protocols are in place at the 1934 Dufferin Avenue long-term care home:

– No general visitors will be permitted on the premises.

– One essential caregiver visitor may continue to visit a resident, in the home, if the visit has been approved. They must follow all infection prevention and control protocols that are in place.

– Residents will only be able to leave the home for essential absences (i.e. medical appointments) and are to wear a face mask when they are absent from the home and follow physical distancing protocols, as per Public Health directives.

– COVID-19 testing will need to be done weekly. All essential caregiver visitors will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result that has been done within the prior week of their visit and verbally attest to not subsequently testing positive. All staff will be getting tested weekly, as well.

The outbreak at Fairfield Park was the second institutional outbreak at a long-term care in Chatham-Kent since the pandemic began.

The first, at Riverview gardens in Chatham, was declared over on December 19, 2020.

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