Staff Member At Huron Lodge Tests Positive For COVID-19

Tuesday June 30th, 2020

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The City of Windsor has announced a staff member at Huron Lodge, a city-operated facility, has tested positive for COVID-19.

City officials say Huron Lodge has been “working tirelessly to implement protective measures to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 into the home” and through continued testing, an asymptomatic employee tested positive.

The City says all non-essential visits have been suspended until further notice.

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has not declared Huron Lodge to be in outbreak status.  Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health for Windsor Essex says Huron Lodge does not fall under the definition of an outbreak.

“Under the new [provincial] directive number 3, it means that if you have one asymptomatic person and while working they are using all the appropriate personal protective equipment and everything else is maintained, the consideration for an outbreak is not the same as it used to be in the beginning when you had one case and the declaration of an outbreak happened,” he said.

The City says the positive employee was notified of their test results on Monday, has taken all recommended measures to self isolate, and has confirmed that they abided by all infection control protocols, including the appropriate use of personal protective equipment at all times while working and performing their duties.

City officials say they’re working closely with the Health Unit to determine the next steps.

The City says precautions are still being taken at Huron Lodge including active symptom screening of residents, staff and essential visitors twice daily, active and ongoing surveillance of all residents including temperature checks at least twice daily, staff and visitors wearing surgical/procedure masks at all times, screening for new admissions, placing all new residents in self-isolation for 14 days, only allowing one essential visitor for a resident who is dying or very ill, limiting work locations of staff members to Huron Lodge only, and enhanced measures for cleaning and disinfection throughout the home.

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