The Grove Nursing Home’s provincially directed enhanced COVID-19 surveillance comes back negative

The Grove Nursing Home’s provincially directed enhanced COVID-19 surveillance comes back negative

May 11, 2020 – In response to the Ontario government’s directive to proactively test all long-term care residents and staff for COVID-19, the Grove Nursing Home’s results have come back negative.

Last week, under the guidance of the Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU), a total of 79 staff members and 56 residents were swabbed by Arnprior Regional Health’s (ARH) Infection Prevention and Control Team and the Occupational Health and Safety Team. The swabs were processed by the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association.

“It is great to see that all those residing and working at The Grove have tested negative, however, we can never be complacent and must remain vigilant,” said Dr. Rob Cushman, Acting Chief Medical Officer, RCDHU.

As per Ontario Health’s direction, the surveillance testing of all residents and staff was rolled out regionally based on risk level. The Grove Nursing Home was categorized as low risk and as a result, the enhanced testing was implemented locally on May 6 and May 7.

“We are pleased with the results of the recent surveillance and that to date, we have not had a positive COVID-19 case at ARH,” said Eric Hanna, President and CEO, ARH. “I want to recognize the continued diligence of our Grove Team who has taken every precaution possible to keep the virus out of the home. The COVID-19 risk, however, remains high and it is imperative that we stay the course and continue to do what is necessary to protect our residents and staff.”

The Grove Nursing Home will not make any changes to the existing restrictions and preventative measures in place based on the directives and guidelines set by the Ontario government. This includes:

  • The no visitor policy
  • Active screening at the entrance
  • Universal masking for staff
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices
  • Physical distancing and reduced group sizes for resident activities

“Our staff have been incredibly dedicated and vigilant to follow every guideline and policy to protect our residents from COVID-19 – and this will not change,” said Judith Gilchrist, Director of Care, The Grove Nursing Home, ARH. “I would also like to recognize the integral role our resident’s families have played supporting our team and adapting to some of the more difficult restrictions, like our temporary visitor policy.”

About Arnprior Regional Health

Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) is a progressive 105-bed organization that includes a fully accredited community hospital, nursing home, primary health care centre and extensive community programs. ARH is a regional hub with a strong history of providing exemplary care to the residents of West Ottawa, McNab/Braeside, Arnprior and Mississippi Mills. As your partner in health, ARH is committed to listening to and responding to meet the needs of those we serve, because together, we create a healthy community.


For more information:

Melissa McDermott

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