Update - November 24
As we shared on Monday morning, the Province of Ontario moved Simcoe County into Level Orange-Restrict under the COVID-19 response framework. Testing for all staff and essential caregivers is now required weekly and indoor and outdoor visitors from family/friends are now temporarily cancelled. We know these visitation restrictions have and will to be hard on our residents and their loved ones; however, this is necessary as we continue to do everything we can to protect our homes from growing community spread. We will be working to ramp up virtual visit opportunities in each home to fill this void.
Case Update – November 24:
To date, we have received 149 negative test results from our mass testing that occurred on November 19th and 20th last week and will continue to monitor and advise as the remaining tests are returned.
- One active staff case (reported November 19). We are thankful for this individual's prompt actions in seeking testing and informing Sunset Manor of their symptoms. This individual is currently self-isolating at home
- One resolved staff case
- Our case number remains at one (1) confirmed positive resident. This individual remains in isolation under droplet contact precautions and is improving after demonstrating mild symptoms
Update - November 19
This afternoon, we were advised by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit that a second staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual’s last shift was November 13th and at that point they exhibited no symptoms. They became symptomatic on November 16th and sought immediate testing and advised the home that they would not be reporting to work.
The Health Unit has initiated contact tracing for this case and has determined that this situation will not impact the status of the outbreak at Sunset Manor. They further advised that this staff did not work at the Home during their period of communicability and so has not increased the risk at the Home for those they had contact with.
However, as an additional measure, we have placed precautions on another unit where contact was made by this staff member during their most recent shift. All residents on this unit have been placed in quarantine with tray service and will be re-tested.
After further evaluation of the status of our outbreak, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has declared that just one unit remains in outbreak until further notice.
Case Update – November 19:
- Staff: A second staff member tested positive. As per Public Health, this is an isolated case
- Residents: Our case number remains at one confirmed positive resident. This individual remains in isolation precautions and is improving after exhibiting mild symptoms
Update - November 13, 2020 (6:15 p.m.)
Quick action to implement enhanced infection prevention and control measures have helped limit further transmission in the home. All but one of the staff tests dating back to the November 5th facility-wide testing have been returned with no additional new positives. We hope to have this last result soon.
Residents were tested on November 9th, with only one (1) positive resident case being reported. At this time, the resident is asymptomatic and continues to be monitored closely under droplet contact precautions. For precautionary reasons, the Health Unit has directed all staff and residents to undergo testing on November 19th. All residents remain in quarantine (with a few in isolation); however, with support from the health unit we are continuing meal services in our dining area for some units, while taking extra safety precautions.
Case Update – November 13:
- Our case number remains at one (1) confirmed positive staff member
- 172 staff were swabbed during the regular bi-weekly testing on November 5. All but one result has been returned negative with one still pending
- Our case number remains at one (1) confirmed positive resident, who remains asymptomatic and in isolation under droplet contact precautions
- All resident test results have been returned and there are NO new positive resident cases (please note, only residents who provided consent were swabbed)
- As noted on November 11, contact tracing is ongoing for the one (1) positive resident
- The additional residents in isolation for precautionary reasons have received negative results, but will remain in isolation for the duration of the 14 days
Outbreak protocols remain in place in the facility and mass testing is scheduled again for November 19.
Update - November 12, 2020 (5:30 p.m.)
As of November 12, our cases remain at one (1) confirmed positive staff member and one positive resident. 172 staff were swabbed during the regular bi-weekly testing on November 5. To date, 167 negative test results have been returned, all negative, and 5 are still pending.
Facility-wide resident testing was completed on November 9, with all additional residents swabbed receiving negative results. Residents under droplet contact precautions will remain in isolation and all remaining resident will continue to be quarantined for the duration of the 14 days.
Update - November 11, 2020 (4:50 p.m.)
As of November 11, our numbers remain at one (1) confirmed positive staff member. 172 staff were swabbed during the regular bi-weekly testing on November 5. To date, 122 negative test results have been returned, all negative, and 50 are still pending
Facility-wide resident testing was completed on November 9,
- As of November 11, we have received one (1) resident positive test, 86 negative results and have 49 still outstanding – please note, only residents who provided consent were swabbed
- At this time, contact tracing for the resident positive is ongoing
- They are currently asymptomatic, remain in isolation and will continue to be monitored under droplet contact precautions for 14 days
- The additional six (6) residents in isolation for precautionary reasons have received negative results, but will remain in isolation for the duration of the 14 days
All remaining residents are in quarantine receiving tray service for meals until test results are returned and further direction from the Health Unit is provided.Update - November 10, 2020 (8:50 p.m.)
As advised on November 8, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has placed Sunset Manor in COVID-19 outbreak. We are hopeful that this is an isolated case and the forthcoming resident and staff test results will confirm over the coming days. To protect the home, we have implemented extensive outbreak measures.
We remain at one (1) confirmed positive staff member, and of the 172 staff swabbed during the regular bi-weekly testing on November 5, as of November 10, 90 negative test results have been returned, and 82 are still pending.
With the support of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, facility-wide resident testing was completed on November 9 and results are still pending. Six (6) residents were placed in isolation for precautionary reasons and all remaining residents are in quarantine receiving tray service for meals until test results are returned and more direction from the Health Unit is provided .
Update - November 8, 2020 (10 p.m.)
On November 8, the County of Simcoe was informed that one staff member at Sunset Manor Long-Term Care home, located in Collingwood, has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is a Registered Nurse and, after showing symptoms at home, received community testing. The staff member’s last shift was November 4th. At this time, all residents and remaining staff are currently asymptomatic.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is placing Sunset Manor in COVID-19 outbreak and the County is acting quickly to implement enhanced measures to protect residents and staff.
Enhanced Infection Prevention and Control Measures:
- All residents in Sunset Manor were placed in quarantine immediately
- All residents will receive in-room tray service for meals
- Cohorting of staff at Sunset Manor, as best possible to maintain care levels
- Internal contact tracing to identify which residents and staff were in contact
- Droplet Contact Control Precautions (isolation) for five residents, four of which received direct care from the positive staff member (all residents are asymptomatic at this time)
- All residents on Droplet Contact Precautions are being cohorted to one unit only to reduce risk of transmission
- These rooms will be clearly marked with signage
- Only staff authorized by management may provide care to the residents on Droplet Contact Precautions. These staff will be designated by the unit leads
- Staff have immediately implemented enhanced PPE, sanitization, cleaning and Infection Protection and Control Measures to reduce the risk of transmission
Impact on Families/Friends and Residents:
- Indoor/outdoor visits will be cancelled while we administer testing and direction from the Health Unit, with the exception of essential visitors (compassionate visitors and private caregivers)
- New resident admissions and internal transfers have been put on hold
- Five residents, four of which received direct care from the positive staff member have been swabbed. They are currently asymptomatic
- The Health Unit is providing direction on the timing of mass resident testing
- All Sunset Manor staff were tested on November 5 and results are outstanding. The Health Unit is providing more direction on additional staff testing
- Anyone showing symptoms or who fails daily enhanced screening will be tested and placed in isolation
We are monitoring our staff member closely and wish them a healthy and speedy recovery.
Public Relations Consultant
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch
Manager, Public Relations
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch