WINNIPEG - The company that owns Heritage Lodge Personal Care Home in Crestview says one of their employees is self-isolating after testing positive for a UK variant of COVID-19.
Revera Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rhonda Collins says an outbreak at the care home was declared a week ago when one resident also tested positive for COVID-19. Dr. Collins notes the WRHA notified the company of the staff member’s positive test results for the B.1.1.7 strain of COVID-19, and they were waiting for the results of further testing for the infected resident, who is now in isolation at the home.
The WRHA says the home has implemented what they consider to be appropriate outbreak and infection control measures. A Clinical Management lead for the WRHA has remained onsite at the care home to monitor the situation closely, and the health authority says it remains cautiously optimistic that a trend of reducing outbreak numbers and overall COVID-19 case counts will continue as more residents, staff, and members of the general public get vaccinated.
Dr. Collin says residents, families, and care home staff were notified of the cases, and visits have been temporarily canceled while contact tracing is underway, as was directed by Shared Health.
Meanwhile, Revera says, while residents at Heritage Lodge have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, vaccinations for staff are still ongoing.