Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has confirmed an outbreak of COVID-19 at H.J. McFarland Memorial Home after two residents and four staff members tested positive. The outbreak went into effect on Monday, September 25, 2023.
- Any visitors or staff working in a resident home area (RHA) with a suspected or confirmed positive COVID-19 test will be required to wear full personal protective equipment, N95 masks, gowns, gloves, and eye protection when entering that resident’s room.
- All other units’ staff will wear a surgical mask.
- The Home asks that only essential and a maximum of two caregivers visit the Home until the outbreak is over.
For confidentiality reasons, H.J. McFarland Memorial Home cannot share any identifiable or additional information about the positive cases.
To help limit the spread of infection, the Home has implemented several additional safety measures, including:
- The positive or suspected case and high-risk contacts will be isolated and monitored for symptoms.
- Residents will be offered surgical masks, and increased hand washing and sanitizing will be encouraged.
- Staff and residents will be cohorted to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.
- Large group activities are cancelled.
- Small group activities with the same Resident Home Areas are allowed.
- Increased cleaning and disinfection practices (e.g., at least two times a day for high-touch surfaces and when visibly dirty)
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