COVID-19 – 2nd WAVE Communication #2
Dear Residents, Families, Friends, Staff:
The RHRA and Public Health have declared COVID-19 outbreaks in several Retirement and Long-Term Care Homes in the Halton area. I am sure you are aware; it is right around the corner from us.
On October 5, 2020, the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility released an update to the Retirement Home COVID-19 Visiting Policy. These changes went into effect on October 13, 2020 and reflect a shift to a risk-based response system that includes specific actions based on community transmission and infection spread within the sector. Certain restrictions on visitors, resident absences, tours, and social activities go into effect if a retirement home is in an Alert or High Alert community.
The Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility has set the alert levels for all public health areas which as of today, identifies Halton Region Health Department as a HIGH ALERT area. Heritage Place is in HIGH ALERT status, effective immediately.
As rising numbers in our community are monitored, we are mandated to implement the following changes:
The GOOD NEWS - Our Dining Room will remain open for all meals under the current guidelines in place.
I do understand this may be disappointing to many of you, but I trust you will realize that this is a necessary step to try and keep the virus out of our building. The COVID-19 virus is an ugly and evolving situation and the participation of residents, families, friends, and staff in helping to manage the spread of COVID-19 in our community is crucial.
It is imperative that we remain vigilant in all our activities; inside and outside of Heritage Place to keep everyone safe.
WASH YOUR HANDS AND WEAR YOUR MASK.
Working together to keep you safe,