ABOYNE – A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Wellington Terrace Long-Term Care Home after an essential caregiver for a resident tested positive for the virus.
In a Feb. 25 press release county officials explained the individual, who was last in the building on Feb. 21, is asymptomatic and in isolation at home.
The resident of the facility’s Maple Ridge neighbourhood is also in isolation.
“All infection control protocols were followed during the recent visit,” officials stated.
“Wellington Terrace staff immediately responded to the situation with direction from WDGPH to limit further transmission of the virus.”
County officials say that “due to the COVID-19 variant circulating in our community, WDGPH is treating all potential exposures as high risk and has put the Maple Ridge neighbourhood in outbreak status for two weeks.”
Families of Wellington Terrace residents have notified of the situation, states the press release.
All Wellington Terrace employees are tested every seven days as per Ministry of Health directives, officials say, and residents showing “even the slightest evidence of a health change” are “immediately tested for COVID-19.”
Essential caregivers are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within the last 7 days.
To date, there has not been any COVID-19 positive cases in the resident population at Wellington Terrace.
Facility residents wanting to be vaccinated have received their second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.