News from Riverside Health Care

Masking measures in long-term care homes updated to ministry guidelines

Riverside Health Care is pleased to provide you with the latest update regarding temporary enhanced masking protocols in our long-term care environments, including Rainycrest LTC, and at the Emo and Rainy River Health Centres, which went into effect on November 2, 2023.

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Long-Term Care (MLTC), in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has decided to discontinue the enhanced masking measures for Long Term Care Homes.

However, in line with the Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Standard and the updated MLTC COVID-19 guidance document, the following protocols remain in effect in non-outbreak situations:

For Staff: Staff members are required to undergo a point-of-care risk assessment before each resident

interaction. Additionally, they are advised to wear masks during prolonged direct resident care, defined as one- on-one interactions within two meters for fifteen minutes or longer. Staff, students, support workers, and volunteers are no longer required to wear a mask when in resident areas indoors.

Visitors and Caregivers: While not mandatory, visitors and caregivers are encouraged to wear masks in resident areas indoors, except when with the resident in the resident’s room or when eating or drinking with a resident in communal spaces.

These measures will be in place during non-outbreak situations. During outbreak, masking is a universal requirement in all affected areas.

Other sites under Riverside Health Care, including La Verendrye General Hospital, remain mask friendly.

Our priority is keeping clients, patients, residents, and staff members safe while ensuring we positively impact the health of our communities. Once again, we extend our gratitude for your ongoing dedication to upholding resident safety and care excellence within our Long-term Care Homes.

Gastrointestinal Outbreak declared at Emo Health Centre

Riverside Health Care in conjunction with the Northwestern Health Unit has declared a Gastrointestinal Outbreak at Emo Health Centre.

Enhanced visitor restrictions are in place that permit two (2) visitors or caregivers at a time. In addition, visitations must take place in the residents’ rooms, not in common areas.

There are restrictions on admissions, transfers, discharges, and social activities until further notice.

Riverside urges all visitors to conduct self-screening before entering the facility and kindly ask to not visit if they are experiencing any symptoms.

We continue to urge everyone to be diligent in practicing appropriate hand hygiene and infection prevention and control practices when visiting our facilities at any time.

The Outbreak Management Team will continue to monitor the situation. The care and safety of our residents, team members and families are the top priority.

We thank everyone for their understanding and continued support.

Gastro Outbreak declared over at La Verendrye General Hospital

Riverside Health Care in conjunction with the Northwestern Health Unit has declared the Gastrointestinal Outbreak at La Verendrye General Hospital over.

Restrictions are no longer in effect for visitors to the First Floor In-Patient Unit. Riverside continues to have our detailed safety procedures and infection prevention control practices in place, which are designed to ensure the health and safety of our staff, the community, and those within our care.

The public is reminded to prevent getting and spreading infections by:

  • Washing hands often, for at least 15 seconds with soap and warm water or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Maintaining good cough and sneeze etiquette, (into a tissue, your sleeve or elbow);
  • Immediately putting all used tissues in the garbage;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; and
  • Staying at home if sick, to avoid spreading infections to others.

We thank you for your continued support and commitment to protecting the health and safety of those we serve, their loved ones, our team members, and the community.