Worker tests positive for COVID-19 at Delhi Long Term Care Centre

Health unit implements management plan

A staff member at Delhi Long Term Care Centre has tested positive for COVID-19. Ashley Taylor / Simcoe Reformer

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The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is responding to another outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term care home in the local area, this time in Delhi.

Thursday morning, Norfolk County announced that an employee of the Delhi Long-term Care Centre has tested positive for the virus that causes the respiratory illness.

“This staff member is not working at the facility and is currently in self-isolation at home,” the county said in a news release.

“All residents and staff will be tested. Residents are currently being self-isolated in their rooms, where they are also receiving all meals. Staff are wearing full personal protective equipment.”

At a recent meeting of Norfolk and Haldimand’s board of health, Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, the counties’ medical officer of health, said even one employee at a care home testing positive for a contagious illness counts as an “outbreak” because of the response required by public health officials.

This includes coming up with a management plan for the facility, testing and re-testing of everyone in the facility, and the contact tracing required to ensure everyone who has come in contact with the infected individual is also taking steps to self-quarantine to ensure they too are not spreading the pathogen to family, friends and people they encounter in the wider community.

“Health unit staff have initiated a public health management plan,” the county said in its news release.