March 3, 2021 - The Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) and St. Joseph’s Care Group confirm that an outbreak has been declared at Hogarth Riverview Manor’s (HRM), Birch/Spruce Grove Resident Home Area, in Thunder Bay.
One staff member was recently confirmed to have COVID-19. Consistent with provincial guidelines, the outbreak declaration for COVID-19 in a long-term care home is made when one staff or resident is found to be positive for COVID-19. This low threshold for declaring an outbreak ensures that outbreak management measures, including increased infection prevention and control practices, can be put in place swiftly to contain any further spread.
In collaboration with St. Joseph’s Care Group, TBDHU has initiated a thorough assessment of the situation, including enhanced surveillance and testing activities and on-site inspection. Further measures will be taken as needed to manage this situation.
Hogarth Riverview Manor participated in the initial rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program for long-term care homes. At this time, provincial direction on the declaration and management of outbreaks remains the same regardless of vaccination status at the home.
For additional information about COVID-19 and the TBDHU area, please see the TBDHU Website.
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