An outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at Extendicare Falconbridge.
In a letter to family of residents, the long-term care home said a staff member was confirmed to have the virus through regular surveillance testing.
Please know the affected staff member is in the required self-isolation at home until they recover and are cleared to return to work, wrote administrator Laura Halloran. The staff member has our full support.
The next step is to test our staff and residents over the next two days, she said. Our outbreak process has been put in place. Contact tracing has been completed.
Public Health Sudbury and Districts said the outbreak affects the second and third floors of the facility.
Public health is actively working with the long-term care home to investigate the outbreak and to protect residents and staff, the agency said in a release.
Halloran said all residents have been screened twice daily for signs and symptoms of COVID since the pandemic began, and that continues to be the case.
The home has also implemented enhanced prevention and control protocols, including personal protective equipment requirements for all staff.
Like you, our residents and staff members are part of the Greater Sudbury community, said Halloran. When the risk increases in our community, the risk of their exposure also increases.
Noting that Sudbury remains in a grey lockdown zone due to a surge in cases, the home administrator urged everyone to please continue to follow public health guidelines and limit exposure to activities that could pose an increased risk of virus transmission.