A healthcare worker at Fairmount Home has tested positive for COVID-19, the County of Frontenac said in a release Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020.
According to the County, that healthcare worker is now self-isolating, and receiving any necessary treatment. At the same time, the County is monitoring Fairmount residents and staff for any symptoms of the virus.
As a result, the County has implemented full outbreak protocols and is taking steps to protect the residents and staff from COVID-19 and from further spreading the virus. Visitors are limited to essential caregivers only. Fairmount staff who might have been exposed but who exhibit no symptoms are self-isolating. According to County staff, residents’ families have been contacted, and the County will continue to keep the families updated on new developments as they happen.
“This is a very serious but not unanticipated turn of events. Fairmount staff are prepared,” the County said in the release, noting they are offering their support to residents and families during this difficult time.
The County will continue to work closely with Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health officials “are diligently following-up and tracking contacts to contain the outbreak. The healthcare system is working and the safety and comfort of our residents and staff remains our first priority.”
The County is asking that the public respect the privacy of Fairfield residents and their families as they navigate this challenge.
“We had hoped to avoid this contingency at Fairmount but we put the time we had to good use preparing for this to happen,” said Kelly Pender, CAO of Frontenac County. “We have plans in place to adapt to the absence of the staff members who are in isolation. We are taking every step to ensure the outbreak is contained, and we’re doing it without compromising the high level of care and respect we expect for our residents.”
Frontenac County will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.