Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has officially confirmed the presence of a COVID-19 outbreak at H.J. McFarland Memorial Home in Picton. This outbreak follows the positive testing of two residents and four staff members.
The outbreak was declared effective as of Monday, Sept. 25.
Visitors and staff members entering any resident home area (RHA) with a suspected or confirmed positive COVID-19 case are mandated to don complete personal protective gear, including N95 masks, gowns, gloves, and eye protection when entering the room of the affected resident. In all other units, staff will be required to wear a surgical mask paired with a face shield or eyewear.
During the outbreak period, H.J. McFarland Memorial Home kindly requests that only essential individuals and a maximum of two caregivers visit the facility.
For privacy considerations, H.J. McFarland Memorial Home is unable to disclose specific or additional information about the individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.
To curtail the spread of infection, the Home has implemented several additional safety measures, including:
- Isolation and monitoring of positive or suspected cases and their high-risk contacts for symptoms.
- Provision of surgical masks to residents and the promotion of increased hand washing and sanitizing.
- Cohorting of staff and residents to minimize the potential transmission of COVID-19.
- Cancellation of large group activities while allowing small group activities within the same Resident Home Areas.
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices, including at least two daily cleanings of high-touch surfaces and cleaning when visibly soiled.
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