CORNWALL — Tests conducted on three Glen Stor Dun Lodge residents have come back negative for COVID-19, the institution has announced in a news update today.
Staff at the nursing home have been monitoring and working to contain what’s described as a “respiratory outbreak” at the institution, which is funded by local taxpayers in Cornwall as well as the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
The Lodge says its staff have implemented a pandemic plan and are following directions from the government, including the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario Health, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, and the World Health Organization. Measures include:
- Frequent outbreak management team meetings to discuss the protocol and associated changes from the main bodies
- Monitoring the outbreak (IPAC nurse led surveillance of residents/staff and appropriate course of action for those experiencing symptoms)
- Actively screening all residents, at least twice daily, to identify if any resident has fever, cough or other symptoms.
- Control measures for residents (isolation if experiencing symptoms, keeping a surplus of supplies, etc.)
- Actively screening all staff twice per shift, including temperature checks. Anyone showing symptoms, are not allowed in the building and are sent home immediately to self-isolate.
- Admissions, re-admissions are not allowed until the outbreak is over.
- Support measures for staff and volunteers (e.g. accommodation if necessary, use of PPE as per guidelines mandated by Ontario Health for COVID-19 pandemic, etc.)
- Monitoring Infection Prevention and Control measures for staff & everyone entering Glen Stor Dun Lodge (hand hygiene, enhancing cleaning, staff shortage plans etc.)
- General control measures (restricting entry to main entrance for screening purposes from 5:30am to 10pm daily)
“Seniors have been identified as a vulnerable group and we have been focused on keeping our residents and employees safe while providing high quality care,” the institution says in its news update.
Individuals in retirement homes and long-term care facilities account for at least 40 of the 53 COVID-19 deaths marked in Ontario as of yesterday, according to the CBC.
Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis discusses the pending results at the Lodge (and other matters) during yesterday’s media update on the regional COVID-19 situation, below.