Ingersoll long-term care employee tests positive for COVID-19

An employee at an Ingersoll long-term care facility tested positive for COVID-19.

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An employee at an Ingersoll long-term care facility has tested positive for COVID-19, Southwestern public health confirmed Tuesday.

The employee works at Secord Trails Care Community, also known as Sienna Senior Living.

Megan Cornwell, the communications manager for Southwestern public health, said all residents and staff are in the process of being tested and results are pending.

The employee is in self-isolation at home while they recover.

Cornwell said Secord Trails Community Care and the public health unit are working together to contain any possible spread of the virus “for the safety of all residents and employees.”

On a release on their website, Sienna Senior Living stated “our highest priority is protecting the safety of our residents and team.”

“We continue to implement stringent infection prevention and control protocols and have appropriate supplies of personal protective equipment to safeguard our team.”

The company noted all team members are wearing surgical masks and having their temperatures taken twice a shift, while also frequently cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces.

No non-essential visitors are allowed and isolation protocols are in place, with residents eating in their rooms.

“We are grateful for the support of local health partners who are providing additional resources and expertise,” the release stated.

The positive test is the first long-term care facility in Oxford County to have a person with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Elgin County, the other “half” of Southwestern public health, has had two positive tests at a retirement home but both have since resolved.

The province gave health units a deadline of May 15 to test all staff and residents of long-term care facilities.

Dr. Joyce Lock, the medical officer of health for Southwestern public health, said in a video last week the agency finished testing the 16 long-term care homes – roughly 1,600 residents – last week before the deadline.

There are five confirmed ongoing cases in the health unit’s region.

Three of the confirmed ongoing cases are in Oxford County, with one in each of Woodstock, East Zorra-Tavistock and Ingersoll. In Elgin County, there are two confirmed ongoing cases – one in Malahide and another in St. Thomas.

The health unit has completed 3,543 tests, with 3,298 returned negative and a further 180 pending.

A total of 1.9 per cent of tests done are coming back positive, according to data from Southwestern public health.


Here’s a rundown of our daily coverage on the Woodstock-area fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic from March, April and May.

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