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, volunteers and support workers: the City of Timmins mandatory vaccination policy will continue to require staff, students, volunteers and support workers be fully vaccinated, including any recommended booster doses.
  • Caregivers and general visitors: the Golden Manor vaccination policy will require caregivers and general visitors be fully vaccinated (see definition below). At this time, the booster dose will not be required.

Fully Vaccinated definition:

  • The full series (at this time, two doses) of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines; 
  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or:
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada and;
  • They received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago.

Surveillance Testing

  • Staff, students, volunteers and caregivers:
    • An antigen test at a frequency of two times per week, on separate days, unless visiting less than two times in a week or visiting on consecutive days (see attached testing requirements). 
    • Caregivers must be tested prior to their visit, but do not need to wait for results.
  • General visitors and support workers:
    • Received a negative antigen test on the day of the visit or on the previous day.
    • General visitors must be tested prior to their visit and must wait for the results.

Testing Hours:

8:00 - 9:45 a.m.

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

1:00 - 3:45 p.m.

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.

Visitation

All visitors:

  • Masks are required at all times. Eating and drinking is not permitted except in residents' rooms and you must maintain physical distancing.
  • Up to two visitors (including caregivers and general visitors) per resident are permitted at a time (unless in outbreak or isolation).
  • Caregivers and general visitors must be fully vaccinated as per Ministry of Health definition.
  • You are able to visit in common areas throughout the home (unless in outbreak or isolation). Maintain physical distancing from other residents.
  • Residents are encouraged to wear a mask when off their floor, during group activities, and when receiving care.
  • You are permitted to visit more than one resident and more than one resident floor in the same day (unless in outbreak or isolation).

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.

General Visitors:

  • Must be 5 years of age or older (those 5-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and fully vaccinated).
  • MUST BOOK VISIT IN ADVANCE by calling 705-360-2644 ext. 4500 during office hours (Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) to book a visit. If your visit has not been booked in advance, you will be turned away.

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.

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

  • Social short term absences are not permitted if the resident floor is in outbreak or the resident is in isolation.
  • Isolation / Testing:
    • Residents are not required to isolate (unless a contact of positive case or positive result received).
    • A rapid antigen test and PCR test are required on day 5 following the absence.
    • Residents that go on absences on a daily or frequent basis are to have a PCR and rapid antigen test, on the same day, two times per week.

Social Temporary Absences (overnight):

  • Social temporary absences, which are social absences for 2+ days or overnight are not permitted if the resident floor is in outbreak or 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.
  • Isolation / Testing:
    • Residents must isolate until negative results are received from a PCR test on day 5 following the absence.
    • Residents who do not have 3 or 4 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are required to isolate for 10 days with a PCR test on day 5.

Learn more about isolation requirements:

If you have tested positive for COVID:  https://www.porcupinehu.on.ca/en/your-health/infectious-diseases/novel-coronavirus/covid-support/covid-tested-positive/

If you have been exposed to COVID: https://www.porcupinehu.on.ca/en/your-health/infectious-diseases/novel-coronavirus/covid-support/covid-exposure/

If the resident is self-isolating or symptomatic or the Golden Manor goes into outbreak, general visits and social absences will be cancelled. All guidelines are subject to change based on Ministry and Porcupine Health Unit directives.