Huron Lodge COVID-19 Updates and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Last Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
In accordance with the Windsor Essex County Health Unit guidelines, Huron Lodge is currently designated in outbreak status.
This page will be the main source of information for updated case counts and frequently asked questions (FAQ).
Total residents who have tested positive for COVID-19: 45
Residents currently on site who have tested positive for COVID-19: 12
Disclaimer: Test results are received/posted on an ongoing basis; therefore, there may be discrepancies between the number of cases reported at the time Huron Lodge updates the above chart, the health unit numbers or individual test results that may be posted on the Ontario government's website. Furthermore, the numbers reported in the chart reflect the current number of residents on site who have tested positive.
It is with heavy hearts that we report eight (8) residents who also tested positive for COVID-19 have passed away. Our deepest sympathies are extended to their families and loved ones.
Total staff who have tested positive for COVID-19: 25
Test results are received/posted on an ongoing basis; therefore, there may be discrepancies between the number of cases reported at the time Huron Lodge updates the above chart, the health unit numbers or individual test results that may be posted on the Ontario government's website.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. How many residents call Huron Lodge home?
2. How is an outbreak determined?
The Ministry of Health states that a single laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident or staff member may cause a declaration of outbreak, but outbreaks should be declared in collaboration between the home and health unit.
3. When was an outbreak declared at Huron Lodge?
The medical officer of health declared outbreak status for Huron Lodge on December 20, 2020, upon receiving a positive test result for one resident.
4. How many staff have tested positive for COVID-19?
To date twenty-five (25) staff have tested positive for the virus.
5. Why is COVID-19 spreading so fast in Huron Lodge?
Congregate settings, such as long-term care homes, are a microcosm of what is happening in the community and, unfortunately, reflect the positivity rates across Windsor-Essex, which continue to rise. We continue to follow the direction of the Ministry of Long-term Care and the advice from our on-site physician, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and other health care partners to protect residents.
6. Why does the number of reported positive COVID-19 cases on the Huron Lodge website differ from those numbers on the health unit website?
The Windsor Essex County Health Unit reports the cumulative total of positive test results received. Huron Lodge reports the number of COVID-19-positive residents on site and adjusts this number as cases resolve.
7. Why is there a discrepancy between the number of total positive cases and the breakdown of reported cases?
To ensure transparency, Huron Lodge reports the total number of positive test results received and the total number of COVID-positive residents on site. Every resident’s situation is unique. As some residents who test positive may require hospitalization or may be taken home by families, out of respect for our residents’ privacy, we do not report further details.
8. The Moderna vaccine was offered to Huron Lodge in January 2021. Was my loved one vaccinated?
As directed by the medical officer of health, asymptomatic individuals who are not isolating as a positive case or high risk exposure for COVID-19 are eligible to receive the vaccine. All eligible residents who provided consent received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
9. When will my loved one get the second dose of Moderna as recommended?
Eligible residents will receive the second dose of the vaccine as required in 28 days.
10. Do I need to sign another consent form or schedule an appointment for the second vaccination?
Consent covers both the first and second vaccine. Eligible residents will automatically be vaccinated with the second dose in 28 days.
11. As a designated caregiver, why do I have to get the Pfizer vaccine at the SportsPlex? Why can’t I get it at Huron Lodge with my loved one?
Huron Lodge received a limited number of Moderna vaccines. This vaccine must be given on the day it is received, and the process is labour intensive. Residents are vaccinated on site to eliminate the risk of leaving the home. As your loved ones are our first priority, our focus is on vaccinating residents to protect their health and well-being.
12. How does Huron Lodge communicate with families?
The main method of communicating with families is our established automated telephone contact, and we have improved our Huron Lodge website with added COVID-19 information. Messages may be left at the nursing station extensions and will be returned at our first opportunity. We regularly and proactively contact families, especially if their family member is positive. As always, we will contact you immediately should any specific concerns regarding your loved one be identified.
13. I have left a message but have not heard back. Why?
We apologize for any delay in returning your message. Our resources are focused on providing exceptional care for your loved ones. We understand the importance of communication during this difficult time and have redeployed additional City staff to contact families. We will respond at our first opportunity.
14. What is being done to facilitate communications between residents and their families?
Our staff continue to facilitate virtual interactions between residents and families, and we have secured additional iPads to assist with this.
15. Will you share how many residents have tested positive in my loved one’s home area?
We are committed to regularly providing overall updates on the status of the outbreak. The number of residents who have tested positive in each home area is included in the regular established telephone communications and on this web page.
16. What happens if one resident becomes positive in a shared room? Will that resident be moved?
As noted above, residents will be cohorted where appropriate. Many factors are involved in this type of decision, and it is made in consultation with our on-site physician. Moves often happen very quickly as test results are received. While the safety and well-being of residents is our priority, we make every effort to inform families as quickly as possible.
17. Why is there a pause on scheduling primary designated caregivers at the SportsPlex?
On January 5, 2021, Huron Lodge was made aware that the Pfizer vaccine was an option for eligible designated caregivers, and the scheduling of appointments was to be coordinated by the long-term care home. As a result, administration worked according to direction and within the system provided to us to facilitate appointments. We were directed to call registered, primary caregivers as a priority and then move to registered secondary caregivers. As a result, some designated caregivers have received their vaccinations, while others are still waiting for an appointment.
We have been advised (January 8, 2021) that the resources available at the St. Clair College SportsPlex are being directed to focus on vaccinating frontline healthcare workers, and, as a result, appointments for designated caregivers have been paused.
Please do not contact Huron Lodge regarding the vaccination of caregivers, as those decisions are being made at a broader systems level and are outside the control of Huron Lodge or the City of Windsor. We will continue to keep families and caregivers updated with information as it becomes available. We will resume facilitating vaccination appointments when advised we can do so.
18. What is Huron Lodge doing to prevent further spread of COVID-19?
Huron Lodge continues to adhere to the most stringent Infection Prevention and Protection (IPAC) protocols and has enhanced cleaning of the entire facility since early March 2020.
Our staff is fully equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while in Huron Lodge. Masks (including N95 masks where appropriate), gowns, face shields and gloves are provided as directed by the Ministry of Health and Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. Caregivers are also required to wear appropriate PPE. Residents are provided with masks if requested and well tolerated.
19. How are you protecting residents who have tested negative?
We continue to take appropriate and timely action for containing the virus. Every effort has been made to cohort our negative residents where possible. As mentioned above, staff are following infection prevention and control protocols and wearing their full personal protective equipment (PPE) regardless of interaction with COVID-positive or negative-status residents.
20. How often are staff being tested for COVID-19?
Effective November 23, 2020, the Ministry of Long-Term Care updated testing requirements to weekly for those homes in regions designated orange, red or grey. Huron Lodge has been testing staff weekly in accordance with this directive. Prior to November 23, 2020, testing was completed every two weeks.
21. Are residents also tested weekly for COVID-19? If not, why not?
Testing may be uncomfortable or even painful, and results are only as accurate as that point in time. Residents are elderly, and some may not understand the reason for the tests. Our on-site physician issues requisitions for COVID-19 testing per Ministry of Health and public health guidelines or as deemed necessary based on resident symptoms and/or exposure.
22. How are cases deemed "resolved?"
Public health guidelines state that individuals must isolate for 10 days and be symptom free for 48 hours before being deemed resolved.
Resident cases are further reviewed by our on-site physician prior to being deemed resolved.
Staff member cases are reviewed by the corporation’s disability management specialist and Human Resources Department prior to being deemed resolved.