The Grey Bruce Health Unit has received the final test results for staff and residents at Brucelea Haven Long-Term Care Home located in Walkerton. The decision to test all residents and staff was made and testing was conducted over the past two weeks. It is with relief that all remaining tests of staff and residents for COVID-19 are negative.
Brucelea Haven Long-Term Care Home is no longer in outbreak, under the direction of the Ministry of Health, a single laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident or staff member is considered a Confirmed COVID-19 Outbreak for a home. There were two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in staff members of Brucelea Haven Long-Term Care Home located in Walkerton.
There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Gateway Haven Long-Term Care Home located in Wiarton. Following ministry guidelines all staff and residents have also been tested in this home for COVID-19 and those results have also been negative.
“We are relieved to have all of the test results back and to know that at this time there were only two cases of COVID-19. Bruce County Council and staff will continue to provide excellent care in our long- term care homes and to do our best to keep COVID-19 at bay.” states Warden Mitch Twolan
As per provincial regulation, when a single staff or resident in a long-term care / retirement home test positive for COVID-19, an outbreak is declared. As is also required by provincial regulation, all outbreaks are posted on the Grey Bruce Health Unit’s website: https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/Your-Health/Infectious-Diseases/...
Daily updates are made available via the Situation Report, which is updated daily on the Health Unit’s website at: https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/
Individuals who suspect they have COVID-19 or are wondering if they should be tested should consult Ontario's Self-Assessment Tool. If you need further assistance, call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider.
To protect yourself against COVID-19:
Wash your hands with soap and water (at least 20 seconds) regularly and often
Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of the tissue and wash your hands
Keep surfaces clean and disinfected
Stay home when you are sick
Keep 2 metre physical distance between yourself and others