Wellington Terrace employee tests positive for COVID-19

ABOYNE – An employee at Wellington Terrace Long-Term Care Home here has tested positive for COVID-19.

County officials announced in the evening on Nov. 28 that the employee, who tested positive earlier that day, is experiencing mild to moderate symptoms and is recovering in isolation at home.

“Wellington Terrace staff immediately responded to the situation with direction from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) to limit further transmission of the virus,” states the press release.

Families of Wellington Terrace residents have been notified of the situation and contact tracing is underway, officials stated.

“As a result of the investigation, it was determined that exposure risk is low,” said Warden Kelly Linton.

“Full personal protective equipment is worn at all times and the employee was last at Wellington Terrace on [Nov. 22].

“No additional staff members are required to self-isolate. We are all sending our employee well wishes for an expedient recovery.”

Suzanne Dronick, home administrator, stated Wellington Terrace “follows extensive infection control processes” and to date the facility has “not had any positive cases of COVID-19 in our resident population.”

Wellington Terrace employees are tested every week, as per Ministry of Health directives, officials say.

Other current facility outbreaks in the WDGPH region include:

  • Birmingham Retirement Community in Mount Forest, one staff case, declared on Nov. 19;
  • Village of Riverside Glen (Eramosa wing) in Guelph, one resident case, declared on Nov. 19.
  • Stone Lodge Retirement Residence in Guelph, one resident case and two staff cases, declared on Nov. 18; and
  • Caressant Care in Arthur, one staff case, declared on Nov. 12.

An outbreak is defined by public health officials as one or more confirmed cases of COVID-19.

An outbreak is declared over 14 days after symptoms began in the most recent case and when no other cases are suspected.