Grey Bruce Health Unit continuing to monitor long term care situations

Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ian Arra

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is reporting that situations related to COVID-19 in two long-term care facilities have concluded while a third remains in outbreak.

The lone outbreak is at Trillium Court Nursing Home in Kincardine, following an indeterminate test result in a staff member. Additional tests came back negative and the home has no active cases. However, public Health outbreak protocols require a facility to remain in outbreak status for a full incubation period.

In Owen Sound, three staff at Maple View Long-Term Care had their tests reviewed after it was determined they had ‘re-active results’. That means the tests reacted to something that triggered a further review. It’s been confirmed that all three are COVID-19 negative.

And a recent outbreak at the Meaford Long-Term Care Centre was declared over on July 25. A temporary staff member, who lives in a different region, tested positive but results of subsequent testing of residents and staff were all negative.

“The collaboration between our Infectious Diseases Team, and each one of our partners at Maple View Long-Term Care Residence, Trillium Court Nursing Home, and the Meaford Long-Term Care Centre quickly contained any potential risk of transmission, and in two situations returned the facilities to normal operations,” says Grey Bruce’s top doctor, Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ian Arra. “We continue to work with staff at Trillium Court and expect a favorable resolution forthcoming.”

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is also reminding the public that any statement which declares a facility “COVID-free” is medically unverifiable and cannot be endorsed by the Health Unit.

Further in the release, the unit states that other outbreak status information should be regarded with an abundance of caution. The legal declaration of an outbreak, its termination, and any information with regard to the status of the outbreak can only be made by Public Health and posted on its website.