COVID-19 testing continues for LTC staff
By Sue Tiffin
In a weekly update from Haliburton Highlands Health Services, Carolyn Plummer, president and CEO, said all long-term care staff will be tested for COVID-19 twice during the month of June, under direction by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
“We plan to begin this
testing on June 9 and 10, and as we did previously, we will inform
families, residents, and staff of any results first, and then we will
share that information with the public,” reads the update.
All long-term care residents and staff were tested for COVID-19 at HHHS facilities as part of a directive of the Ontario government in May.
that time, Plummer said the move would identify any asymptomatic cases
of the coronavirus, if there are any, and would contribute to the bigger
picture for the province as it sought to better understand the spread
of the virus in long-term care homes. The test results at that time were
Outdoor visits to begin
Highland Wood and Hyland Crest
residents will be welcoming guests for outdoor, physically distanced
visits, the first in-person visits since March, when long-term care
homes closed to non-essential visitors.
“With the nicer weather here, I’m pleased to share that Highland Wood and Hyland Crest residents have been able to get outside and enjoy some time in the gazebo areas of both homes,” said Plummer. “While the provincial government continues to restrict visitors, we have put up a secondary fence to allow for outdoor visits to take place, so long as they follow the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Public Health Unit directives of being physically distanced by at least six feet. Families are being encouraged to schedule a time for an outdoor visit with staff, and we expect there will be many visits happening soon.”
Activities continue at Hyland Crest, Highland Wood
lady butterflies raised at both Hyland Crest and Highland Wood
long-term care homes are currently in the process of hatching. A
memorial release of the butterflies performed by staff in recognition of
residents who have passed away this year will happen once the
butterflies are ready.
Gardens at both Hyland Crest and Highland Wood long-term care facilities have been maintained and “are looking beautiful,” reported Plummer.
“Staff have helped to plant plenty of vegetables for residents to nurture over the summer months and then enjoy eating at harvest time,” she said.