Public Health Sudbury & Districts declares COVID-19 outbreaks at Extendicare Falconbridge and Extendicare York in Greater SudburyIssued: Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Public Health Sudbury & Districts has declared COVID-19 outbreaks in two Greater Sudbury long-term care homes. Outbreaks were declared at Extendicare Falconbridge and Extendicare York following reports of two cases of COVID-19 among staff members, one in each facility.
To date, no residents have tested positive in relation to these outbreaks. Public Health is actively working with both long-term care homes to investigate the outbreaks and to protect residents and staff.
“The need for workers and everyone to monitor and screen for symptoms of COVID-19 and to stay home when ill, is critical for the health and well-being of everyone in our community. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please take it seriously, even if they are mild,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health for Public Health Sudbury & Districts. “Learn the symptoms, use the available screening tools, and get tested. We know this may result in making the difficult decision to call in sick to work or to not attend class, but everyone will thank you for it. This seemingly small action will go a long way in keeping our community COVID-safe and protecting vulnerable populations.”
Public Health Sudbury & Districts is reminding everyone to follow public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The safest options are to avoid non-essential travel, limit close contact to your own household members, stay home and do not attend work or school when ill, and to practise physical distancing, wear your mask, and wash your hands. For all outings, continue to screen yourself for symptoms and practise COVID-safe behaviours.
Anyone who is planning to travel should be aware that COVID-19 continues to circulate at different levels around the province and the safest options are to stay in the area of your home community. Currently, Public Health Sudbury & Districts is in the Yellow/Protect zone. All travel to Green/Prevent zones should be avoided.
Prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Stay home if you are unwell and get tested.
- Wash your hands often and when visibly dirty for 15 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm or a tissue, throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Continue to practise physical distancing, because any close contact could be a possible exposure to COVID-19.
- Masks or face coverings must be worn in all indoor public places in Sudbury and districts, and they should also be worn in other settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
If you have a COVID-19 symptom or have been exposed to the virus as informed by Public Health or the COVID Alert app, get tested. Learn more about the eligibility and testing criteria for COVID-19 assessment centres. Stay informed and seek testing if necessary.
Updates about COVID-19 testing, confirmed cases, and outbreaks in Greater Sudbury, the District of Sudbury, and the District of Manitoulin are posted online.
For more information or if you have questions, please visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).