Since March 2020, 14 long-term care institutions in the Southwestern Public Health region have reported one or more cases of COVID-19.
Four of the Oxford-Elgin institutions have had more than one outbreak.
The public health unit continues to work with all of the region’s institutions, testing and providing measures they can take to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Always, in any long-term care home, we know that there are vulnerable people there, and that infections of any sort are dangerous to them,” said Dr. Joyce Lock, Medical Officer of Health at Southwestern Public Health. “So there are standards of procedures that are always in place to prevent infections from spreading.
“When there is an outbreak, we up the ante – a lot – to ensure that absolutely every last measure to prevent the spread of infection is put into place. So it’s actually building on routine precautions, then we add extra ones.”