April 3, 2020 – Outbreak declared over April 15, 2020
The Health Unit is working with Lanark Lifestyles in Perth to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One staff member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Infection control measures under the Long-Term Care Home Act have been put in place to manage the outbreak and are being monitored by the Health Unit. Dr. Neel Chadha of Lanark Lifestyles reports no residents and no other staff are ill at this time. The staff member is home under self-isolation and all staff have been instructed to report any symptoms to public health immediately.
“The number of outbreaks in the last week in long-term care homes and retirement homes in the area serves as a reminder that we all need to follow the recommended actions to decrease the risk of spread of COVID-19 in the community, says Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health. “This incudes staying at home as much as possible, and staying 6 feet, or two arms lengths away, from others when in public places to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
The best way to get reliable information about COVID-19 is by visiting www.healthunit.org. Please call the Health Unit if you have any questions at 1-800-660-5853 extension 2499 from 8:30am to 4:30pm every day. You can also get important public health updates by connecting with LGLHealthUnit on Facebook and Twitter.
If you have respiratory symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who does, self-isolate at home and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool for their recommendations. If you need further assistance, call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider.
Visit Ontario’s website, www.Ontario.ca/coronavirus to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
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