A staff member at Extendicare St. Paul, a long-term care facility in the community, has tested positive for COVID-19.
Administrator Pat Chychul confirmed to LakelandTODAY.ca she was advised at 6 a.m. this morning of the case and a letter has been sent to family members of residents advising them of the situation.
Chychul said she was not prepared to make any further comment on the situation until tomorrow.
LakelandTODAY.ca received the following statement from Extendicare Canada as to the steps the company is now taking in regards to its St. Paul care facility.
"We can confirm that Extendicare St. Paul has received a positive test result for one staff member. The staff member who has tested positive is isolating at home until they are cleared to return to work.
"At this time we have no positive results among residents, and all residents are being closely monitored for symptoms. We have enhanced infection prevention and control protocols in place and additional PPE requirements for staff. We continue to follow the latest guidance from public health to make sure our response is informed by the latest available evidence.
"Our first priority, as always, is to maintain the health and safety of our residents and staff. We will continue to keep in close contact with our community."
There are 72 residents in the facility with care provided by 110 staff members.
The local 24-hour seniors' care facility has been operating in St. Paul since 1981 and is part of a network of 120 senior care and living centres operated by Extendicare Canada across the country.