COVID-19 outbreak declared in long-term care home: Extendicare York

Today, Public Health Sudbury & Districts confirmed that an outbreak has been declared at Extendicare York long-term care home in Sudbury. Ministry direction requires a COVID-19 outbreak be declared with a single laboratory-confirmed case in a resident or staff member. In this case, one staff member tested positive and is under active follow up with Public Health Sudbury & Districts. The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 stands at 58 in Public Health’s service area.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is working closely with Extendicare York to ensure all measures are in place to protect staff and residents. The risk of infection in the long-term care home remains low. None of the residents who were in contact with this employee is symptomatic. Public Health Sudbury & Districts continues to work with all long-term care homes to test staff and residents as part of the previously announced surveillance testing in long-term care homes.

“Our staff are working with the facility and are actively following up with the individual to provide important public health direction, explore possible exposure settings, and identify any close contacts to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health with Public Health Sudbury & Districts.

Status of active COVID-19 outbreaks

This table shows the status of COVID-19 outbreaks in facilities, such as hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes, and others, in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts. One case of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in a long-term care home staff or resident is considered an outbreak.

Facility typeNumber of facilities affectedStatusCases among residents or patientsCases among staffTotal cases*
Long-term care home3Active4610

*Total number of cases reported as part of the confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks.

Actions taken in long-term care homes

  • Staff and residents follow strict physical distancing guidelines.
  • Group activities are discontinued.
  • Staff screening occurs at the beginning and end of every shift, including temperature checks for fever.
  • All staff and essential visitors wear masks.
  • Residents are assessed three times a day for symptoms. This includes temperature checks.
  • Visitor restrictions have been in effect since the beginning of March.
  • Employees of a long-term care provider cannot also work in any other long-term care home, health service provider, or retirement home.

If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate, then contact an assessment centre or use the online self-assessment tool to see if you need to seek further care.

For more information on how Public Health conducts follow-up after a positive test resultself-isolation, self-assessment, and assessment centres visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).

This item was last modified on April 29, 2020