Providence Care has officially declared a COVID-19 outbreak on the Sydenham 3 ward of Providence Manor, the organization’s long-term care home in downtown Kingston.
The outbreak was declared on Monday, Jul. 18, 2022, after four residents of the Sydenham 3 resident home area tested positive for the virus, according to Providence Care. As a result, Sydenham 3 has been placed under quarantine, and all residents have been placed on “contact and aerosol precautions.”
“Providence Care has alerted Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health about the positive cases and is working closely with teams there. An investigation is also underway to determine how the residents contracted the virus,” Providence Care said in a press release.
“Providence Care has also reached out to all residents and their loved ones at the long-term care home to inform them about the outbreak.”
The outbreak will be in place for a minimum of 10 days, during which time all residents will be “closely monitored for symptoms of COVID-19 and tested where indicated,” Providence Care relayed.
“For confidentiality reasons Providence Care is not able to share any identifiable or additional information about the cases,” the health care organization said.
In an attempt to limit the spread of the virus, the resident home area has implemented the following additional measures:
- Sydenham 3 is closed to admissions.
- General visitors are temporarily prohibited on Sydenham 3. Residents or their substitute decision makers must identify one designated care partner or essential caregiver who is permitted to visit for the duration of the outbreak. Two essential visitors (those with a loved one who is critically ill or nearing end-of-life) may visit at this time.
- Registered visitors must conduct a rapid antigen test, get a negative test result before they enter the home and wear appropriate personal protective equipment for the duration of their visit.
- Care teams are closely monitoring all Providence Manor residents to identify potential cases early.
- Continue actively screening staff for COVID-19 symptoms. Staff must also wear appropriate personal protective equipment, practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene.
- Extra cleaning of all high touch surfaces and common areas.
- All general, essential caregivers and designated care partners, regardless of vaccination status, must participate in mandatory on-site COVID-19 surveillance testing as per a Ministry of Long-Term Care directive.
“Even with the province easing public health measures, COVID-19 protective measures remain in place at all Providence Care sites. We will continue to review safety measures on an ongoing basis to ensure our staff and the people we serve stay protected,” Providence Care said.
Current safety measures already in place at all Providence Care sites includes:
- Reducing visitors
- Passing screening
- Wearing a mask
- Unvaccinated individuals must perform a rapid antigen test and test negative to enter (exceptions apply)
Visit providencecare.ca for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 protective measures in place at all Providence Care sites.
At the same time, the COVID-19 outbreak on Parkside 2 Pods A and B at Providence Care Hospital continues. This outbreak has been extended to include Pod C after an additional patient tested positive for the virus, Providence Care stated. That entire unit is now under a declared outbreak.
For a complete list of Providence Care sites currently under a COVID-19 watch or outbreak, visit the Providence Care website.