Possible COVID-19 case found at Riverview Gardens in Chatham

Riverview Gardens. (File photo by Natalia Vega)

A long-term care home in Chatham is taking precautions after being informed of a possible COVID-19 case at the facility.

Riverview Gardens reported on its Facebook page on Friday that it has been notified by Chatham-Kent Public Health that an employee may have COVID-19 and is undergoing further testing to confirm it.

As a result, the home has put the 5 East wing into outbreak status in case the results come back positive. Residents of that wing of the home can only have one approved caregiver visit at any one time. That visitor must wear full personal protective equipment, including gown, gloves, mask, and eye protection when they visit. No general visitors are allowed on 5 East and group activities have stopped. Residents of 5 East must also remain in their rooms when not dining.

All other units can have up to five people per resident, including caregivers or general visitors.

“We continue to encourage all residents, staff, caregivers, and visitors to be immunized against COVID-19,” read a statement.

Riverview Gardens is reminding people that all visitors and caregivers must either provide confirmation of being fully vaccinated (14 days since the second dose) or undergo the standard rapid antigen testing up to two times per week upon entry.

Chatham-Kent Public Health has zero COVID-19 outbreaks listed on its website.