Southwestern Public Health has confirmed an additional six COVID-19 positive test results - bringing the total to seven health care workers within the organization.
INGERSOLL - On Monday, a single case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in a health care worker at Secord Trails Care Community.
As of this morning, Southwestern Public Health confirms an additional six COVID-19 positive test results - bringing the total to seven health care workers within the organization.
The affected staff hold various positions with varying levels of contact with residents. They are all self-isolating at home. No residents have been confirmed positive at this time. Some laboratory results are still pending. Secord Trails Care Community employs approximately 110 staff and cares for approximately 80 residents.
In a statement released this morning, Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Joyce Lock says the majority of staff impacted live within the region served by Southwestern Public Health.
"Our staff are moving quickly to inform people of their results, trace contacts and provide guidance on self-isolation and other safety measures,”
Lock adds “At the same time, we’re working closely with the leadership team and staff at Secord Trails on their strategy to contain the spread and help them connect with the resources they need to care for their residents safely during the outbreak period.”
The Secord Trails team has implemented the following precautions:
• All team members are wearing surgical face masks and having their temperature taken
twice per shift.
• Isolation protocols are in place and all residents are dining in their rooms.
• Frequent monitoring of all residents’ health, including temperatures checked twice daily.
• Rigorous frequent cleaning and disinfecting of all surfaces.
• No non-essential visitors and active screening for any essential visitor, including
In addition to the support from Southwestern Public Health, Ontario Health West and regional hospitals have provided staffing and human resources support to help Secord Trails Care Community during this difficult time.