Covid-19 Updates

All individuals entering the Golden Manor must wear a mask.

Current Guidelines:

Vaccinations

Vaccination remains a key defense against COVID-19 and the province continues to encourage all those eligible to get vaccinated, including the booster dose. Given the evidence supporting vaccination, the Golden Manor vaccine policies are as follows:

  • Staff, students, and volunteers: the City of Timmins mandatory vaccination policy requires staff, students, and volunteers have received the primary series and one booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Support workers: the Golden Manor vaccination policy requires support workers have received the primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, the booster dose will not be required.
  • Designated caregivers and general visitors: the Golden Manor vaccination policy does not require designated caregivers and general visitors to provide proof-of-vaccination (effective January 23, 2023).

Staying up-to-date with recommended doses restores protection that wanes over time. More specifically, booster doses help to increase protection against symptomatic infection and severe outcomes, such as hospitalization and ICU admission.

  • Up-to-date: Means you have completed your primary series and have received a COVID-19 vaccine within the last 6 months.

Regardless of a home’s specific vaccination policy, all individuals entering long-term care homes, including residents, staff, caregivers and visitors, are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and stay up-to-date with recommended doses as per the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance.

Surveillance Testing

  • Staff, students, volunteers and caregivers:
  • Caregivers must wear a mask and must not enter any shared spaces (for example, dining room, activity room) until a negative test result is received on day of testing.
  • General visitors and support workers:
  • Designated caregivers and general visitors unable to provide proof-of-vaccination must:

Note: if an individual has had a prior confirmed COVID-19 infection in the past 30 days, they do not need to be asymptomatic rapid antigen tested at screening, but must immediately resume testing after the 30th day from the date of their confirmed COVID-19 infection. Please inform the screener if this is the case.

Testing Hours:

Daily:

8:00 - 9:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

1:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Testing is available 7 days a week. If you are planning to visit after 3:45 p.m., you are able to come in during testing hours just to be tested and return for your visit later in the day. 

Tester break times may vary slightly based on the number of individuals requiring testing. During peak times there may be line-ups for testing, please plan your visit accordingly.

Masking

  • It is still recommended that caregivers and visitors wear a mask when they are with residents, however if they are alone with the resident in their room, outside, or in a designated space, masking is not required.
  • Designated caregivers and general visitors not up-to-date with recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses are encouraged to physically distance from all other residents and wear a mask for the entire duration of their visit, including when they are alone with the resident they are intending to visit.
  • When not in a one-on-one setting with a resident in their room or a designated space within the home, visitors and caregivers are required to be masked, this includes when entering the building, at screening, walking through the building, etc.
  • Exception to masking requirements: children younger than two years of age

Visitation

All visitors:

  • All visitors must be screened and follow the testing requirements indicated above.
  • Those ≤ 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
  • There are no limits on the number of visitors a resident can have at a time, however visiting needs to be done safely for all. If visiting in a basic room, we encourage groups to visit away from others, such as the lounge, common spaces or outside (weather permitting)
  • Larger social group activities where potential crowding can occur should continue to be avoided, and IPAC measures should continue to be followed including: masking, physical distancing, cohorting.
  • You are permitted to visit more than one resident and more than one resident floor in the same day (unless in outbreak or isolation).

Types of visitors:

Caregivers:

  • Residents can designate a maximum of four caregivers, unless more than four caregivers were already designated prior to December 14, 2021.
  • Changes or additions to caregiver designation must be completed by the resident and/or substitute decision-maker using the consent form.
  • Caregivers must be 16 years of age or older, if under 16 approval from parent or legal guardian required.

General Visitors:

  • A general visitor is a person who is not an essential visitor and is visiting to provide nonessential services related to either the operations of the home or a particular resident or group of residents. General visitors include those persons visiting for social reasons as well as visitors providing non-essential services such as personal care services, entertainment, or individuals touring the home.

When Resident Floor is in Outbreak or Resident is in Isolation:

  • General visitors are not permitted.
  • One caregiver per visit may offer support in resident's room. Caregivers must wear all required PPE.
  • Caregivers are not permitted to visit more than one resident or more than one resident floor in the same day (must wait 10 days if COVID-19 related).

Absences:

Whenever outside of the home, residents should do their best to:

  • Wear a mask;
  • Wash hands frequently;
  • Limit their contact with others and avoid crowds and large social gatherings.

Please inform the staff on the resident's floor of any absences in advance.

Residents are not required to test or isolate upon return from an absence unless the resident does not pass screening i.e. they have COVID-19 symptoms. Any resident who does not passing screening will be isolated and tested for COVID-19.

Social Short Term Absences / Medical Appointments (less than 24 hours):

  • Social short term absences are not permitted if the resident is in isolation.

Social Temporary Absences (overnight):

  • Social temporary absences, which are social absences for 2+ days or overnight are not permitted if the resident is in isolation.
  • Please ensure you provide the resident's floor with at least 24 hours' notice prior to an overnight absences to permit the necessary time for nursing staff to prepare medications and review protocols.

COVID-19 Screening and Isolation

Screeners are present until 7:00 PM, please ensure you arrive prior to 7:00 PM to ensure you are screened prior to your visit.

1. In the last 10 days, have you experienced any of these symptoms? Choose any/all that are new, worsening, and not related to other known causes or conditions that you already have:

Fever and/or chills

Fatigue

Cough or barking cough

Sore throat

Shortness of breath

Runny or stuffy/congested nose

Decrease or loss of smell or taste

Headache

Muscle aches/joint pain

Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea

If you answer YES, you must NOT enter home. You should stay home (self-isolate) until:

  • You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours; AND
  • Your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (48 hours for nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea); AND
  • You tested negative for COVID-19 on one PCR test or two rapid antigen tests taken 24-48 hours apart.

General visitors are recommended to postpone non-essential visits for 10 days after developing symptoms, regardless of COVID-19 test results, to reduce risk of introduction of any respiratory illness into highest risk settings.

2. Have you been told you should currently be quarantining, isolating, staying home, or not attending a highest risk setting (e.g. long-term care home)? Could include being told by a doctor, health care provider, public health unit, federal border agent, or other government authority.

  • If you answer YES, you must NOT enter home. You should stay home (self-isolate) the duration you have been directed

3. In the last 10 days have you tested positive for COVID-19, including on a rapid antigen test?

  • If you answer YES, you must NOT enter home for at least 10 days after developing symptoms or date of specimen collection (whichever is earlier) AND provided you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours and other symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if vomiting/diarrhea).
  • Note: if an individual has had a prior confirmed COVID-19 infection in the past 30 days, they do not need to be asymptomatic rapid antigen tested at screening, but must immediately resume asymptomatic rapid antigen testing at screening after the 30th day from the date of their confirmed COVID-19 infection. Please inform the screener if this is the case.

4. In the last 10 days, have you been identified as a “close contact”* of someone (regardless of whether you live with them or not) who has tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19?

If you answer YES:

  • General Visitors: You must postpone non-essential visits for 10 days after last exposure to the individual with symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Staff, support workers, and caregivers: May attend the long-term care home, while following the guidelines below for 10 days from last exposure to individual with COVID-19 (last exposure for household contact = last day of isolation for individual with COVID-19):
    • Self-monitor for symptoms (self-isolate immediately and do not enter the home if any symptoms develop); AND
    • Caregivers to wear a KN95 mask (available at screening) for the duration of their time in the home, and not remove their mask in     the presence of others; AND
    • Test with rapid antigen testing daily.
*A “close contact” is defined as an individual who has an exposure to a confirmed positive COVID-19 case, and individual with COVID-19 symptoms, or an individual with a positive rapid antigen test result. You are considered a close contact if you were less than two metres away from the case/symptomatic person for at least 15 minutes without PPE in the 48 hours before the individual’s symptoms began or their positive test result, whichever came first.

If you require clarification or have any questions regarding screening or isolation please reach out to the Porcupine Health Unit 705-267-1181 or Tiffany Rock, Infection Control Coordinator, 705-360-2644 ext. 4540.