The 1000 Islands Addiction Rehab & Treatment Centre has temporarily closed due to multiple cases of COVID-19, the centre has confirmed.
The addictions treatment centre, located in Mallorytown, Ontario, serves clients from all over Canada and the USA.
Andrea Robillard, the treatment centre’s President, confirmed that the associated cases are both staff and clients. Robillard could not say how many positive cases had been found, as not all tests had been completed yet. The centre is testing all staff and patients, about 50 altogether.
The centre says it has been in regular contact with, and is taking guidance from, the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit on what processes to follow, with the goal of safely reopening as soon as possible.
Clients have been sent home to isolate and care is being conducted virtually at this point, the centre stated. Meanwhile, some staff are isolating at the centre itself during their isolation period, so as to not expose at-risk family members at home.
The closure was taken by the centre as a precautionary measure, not as a requirement by the regional public health unit.
“The Health Unit does not close an organization that is providing health services,” said the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit. “If a health service organization has a COVID-19 case or an outbreak, we work with them to manage the situation effectively.”
The reopening date is not yet known.