Urgent News and COVID-19 Update

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Community Documents

  • Essential Caregiver Designation Form: CLICK HERE
  • View our archive of important announcements about the pandemic: CLICK HERE
  • For all visitors, the following videos are recommended by Public Health:
  1. https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/videos/ipac-fullppe-on
  2. https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/videos/ipac-fullppe-off
  3. https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/videos/ipac-handrub

Visitor Restrictions (as of June 12, 2022)

  • If you have been instructed to quarantine by public health officials, please do not visit
  • If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please do not visit
  • Any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 must wait 10 days before coming into the home
  • Any individual visiting with a resident in the home will need to provide proof they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Visitor restrictions during outbreaks or when a resident is isolating consists of the following:

  • Essential visitors - Essential Care Giver (ECGs) -- are the only visitors allowed when a resident is isolating or residents in a home or area of the home is in outbreak. 
  • Only one Essential Care Giver (ECG) is permitted per resident at a time.

General visitors are not permitted:

  • When a home or area of a home is in outbreak
  • To visit an isolating resident
  • When the local public health unit so directs.

Eye Protection Required on All Units

Due to an increased risk to members of the Perley Health community, it is now mandatory to wear approved eye protection when a resident unit. This pertains to all units at Perley Health. Face shields can be picked up from the Commissionaire at the Main Entrance or safety glasses can be purchased from the Interprofessional Clinic during business hours.


June 29, 2022

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The outbreak on Rideau 2 South (R2S) has ended. 

A sincere thank you to all members of our community who worked tirelessly to end this outbreak.

Rideau 2 North (R2N) is the one remaining unit on outbreak.

Control measures on R2N include:

  • When caring for any resident with a suspect or confirmed case of COVID-19, a N95 mask is mandatory;
  • All symptomatic residents will be isolated and placed on contact droplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately;
  • Surveillance testing for all residents is ongoing and if test results comes back as positive, they will be isolated and placed on contact droplet precautions;
  • Only residents who have recovered from COVID -19 and have completed their 10 days of isolation are able to leave the unit;
    • All other residents are encouraged to remain on the unit;
  • Only one Care Giver is permitted per resident at a time;
  • No volunteers or general visitors permitted on this unit (exceptions are permitted for palliative care and medical escorts).

Eye Protection

Due to the increased risk to members of the Perley Health community, eye protection continues to be mandatory on all resident units.  The eye protection is to protect the person wearing them.

This message was shared today on the Perley Health website (https://www.perleyhealth.ca/public-announcement) and emailed to all who subscribe to receive emails from Perley Health.

For questions, please contact a member of the IPAC Team at ipac@perleyhealth.ca


June 27, 2022

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June 24, 2022

Changes to Swab Clinic Hours

As of Friday, June 24th, the Swab Clinic will be continually open with no service interruptions.

 Open: Daily from 6:30 hours to 17:00 hours

  • Always display your ID badge when registering

The clinic will not close for breaks.

This change resulted from feedback and made possible thanks to the outstanding efforts of Swab Clinic staff who continue to make every effort to accommodate the needs and requirements of individuals.

NOTE: This continuous service will result in times when there is only one staff member present in the clinic, when a colleague is on break. Thank you for continuing to be kind, respectful and patient with the Swab Clinic staff throughout the day.


June 21, 2022

I am pleased to report the outbreak on Rideau 1 South (R1S) has been declared over.  A sincere thank you to all the staff who supported this outbreak.  We had 33 residents on this unit test positive for COVID-19 and all 33 have recovered.

We currently have two units on outbreak:

  1. Rideau 2 South (R2S)
  2. Rideau 2 North (R2N)

Control Measures in effect on these units include:

  • When caring for any resident with a suspect or confirmed case of COVID-19, an N95 mask is mandatory
  • All symptomatic residents will be isolated and placed on contact droplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately
  • Surveillance testing for all residents is ongoing and if test results comes back as positive, they will be isolated and placed on contact droplet precautions
  • Only residents who have recovered from COVID -19 and have completed their 10 days of isolation are able to leave the unit.  All other residents are encouraged to remain on the unit
  • Only one Essential Care Giver (ECG) is permitted per resident at a time 
  • No general visitors and no volunteers on the unit
    • Exceptions are permitted for palliative care and medical escorts.

Eye Protection

  • Due to the increased risk to members of the Perley Health community, eye protection continues to be mandatory on all resident units. 
  • The eye protection is to protect the person wearing them.

If you have any questions please contact a member of the IPAC Team: ipac@perleyhealth.ca

Tania Paolini, RN, BScN, CIC 
Manager, Infection Prevention & Control 


June 12, 2022

Units on Outbreak

  1. Gatineau 2 South
  2. Rideau 1 South
  3. Rideau 2 South
  4. Rideau 2 North

Outbreaks and Protocols

Gatineau 2 South (G2S): COVID-19 Outbreak

The following control measures are in effect on this unit:

  • All high-risk residents or symptomatic residents will be placed on contact droplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately. (A N95 respirator is required when providing care or interacting with all suspect and confirmed residents with COVID-19)
  • All residents are encouraged to remain on their unit.
  • Very small group activities can continue.
  • Eye protection is mandatory for all individuals when on the unit.
  • No general visitors permitted – One Essential Care Giver (ECG) is permitted per resident at a time.
  • No volunteers on unit

Rideau 1 South (R1S): COVID-19 Outbreak

The following control measures remain in effect on this unit

  • All symptomatic residents will be isolated and placed on contact droplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately
  • Surveillance testing for all residents is ongoing and if testing comes back as positive, they will be isolated and placed on contact droplet precautions
  • Residents are to remain on their unit
  • Eye protection and N95 respirators are mandatory at all times when on the unit for all individuals
  • No general visitors permitted – One Essential Care Giver (ECG) is permitted per resident at a time
  • No volunteers on unit

Rideau 2 South (R2S): COVID-19 Outbreak

The following control measures remain in effect on this unit

  • All high-risk residents and symptomatic residents will be placed on contact droplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately
  • Surveillance testing for all residents is ongoing and if testing comes back as positive, they will be isolated and placed on contact droplet precautions
  • Residents are to remain on their unit
  • Eye protection and N95 respirators are mandatory at all times when on the unit for all individuals
  • No general visitors permitted – One Essential Care Giver (ECG) is permitted per resident at a time
  • No volunteers on unit

Rideau 2 North (R2N): COVID-19 Outbreak

The following control measures remain in effect on this unit:

  • All high-risk residents and symptomatic residents will be placed on contact droplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately
  • All residents are encouraged to remain on their unit
  • Eye protection is mandatory for all individuals when on the unit
  • No general visitors permitted – One Essential Care Giver (ECG) is permitted per resident at a time
  • No volunteers on unit

June 10, 2022

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared on Gatineau 2 South, the fifth unit on outbreak.

Units on Outbreak

  1. Gatineau 2 South
  2. Ottawa 2 East
  3. Rideau 1 South
  4. Rideau 2 South
  5. Rideau 2 North

Gatineau 2 South (G2S): COVID-19 Outbreak

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared on G2S.

The following control measures are in effect on this unit:

  • All high-risk residents or symptomatic residents will be placed on contact droplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately. (An N95 respirator is required when providing care or interacting with all suspect and confirmed residents with COVID-19)
  • All residents are encouraged to remain on their unit
  • Very small group activities can continue
  • Eye protection is mandatory for all individuals when on the unit
  • Only one Essential Care Giver is permitted per resident at a time
  • No volunteers on unit

Ottawa 2 East (O2E): COVID-19 Outbreak 

The following control measures remain in effect on this unit:

  • All high-risk residents and symptomatic residents will be placed on contact droplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately
  • All residents are encouraged to remain on their unit
  • Eye protection is mandatory for all individuals when on the unit
  • Only one Essential Care Giver is permitted per resident at a time
  • No volunteers on unit

Rideau 1 South (R1S): COVID-19 Outbreak 

The following control measures remain in effect on this unit:

  • All symptomatic residents will be isolated and placed on contactdroplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately
  • Surveillance testing for all residents is ongoing and if testing comes back as positive, theywill be isolated and placed on contact droplet precautions
  • Residents are to remain on their unit
  • Eye protection and N95 respirators are mandatory at all times when on the unit for all individuals
  • Only one Essential Care Giver is permitted per resident at a time
  • No volunteers on unit

Rideau 2 South (R2S): COVID-19 Outbreak 

The following control measures remain in effect on this unit:

  • All high-risk residents and symptomatic residents will be placed on contact droplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately
  • Surveillance testing for all residents is ongoing and if testing comes back as positive, theywill be isolated and placed on contact droplet precautions 
  • Residents are to remain on their unit
  • Eye protection and N95 respirators are mandatory at all times when on the unit for all individuals
  • Only one Essential Care Giver is permitted per resident at a time
  • No volunteers on unit

Rideau 2 North (R2N): COVID-19 Outbreak 

The following control measures remain in effect on this unit:

  • All high-risk residents and symptomatic residents will be placed on contact droplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately
  • All residents are encouraged to remain on their unit
  • Eye protection is mandatory for all individuals when on the unit
  • Only one Essential Care Giver is permitted per resident at a time
  • No volunteers on unit

Mask Mandate Remains for LTC

At 12 a.m. on June 11, Ontario will lift most remaining mask mandates. The masking requirements will remain for long-term care. At Perley Health, there are no changes planned for masking, swab testing, screening or vaccination requirements.

Eye Protection Required on All Units

Due to an increased risk to members of the Perley Health community, it is now mandatory to wear approved eye protection when a resident unit. This pertains to all units at Perley Health. Face shields can be picked up from the Commissionaire at the Main Entrance or safety glasses can be purchased from the Interprofessional Clinic during business hours.

If you have any questions please reach out to a member of the IPAC Team at ipac@perleyhealth.ca

This message was shared today with all email subscribers and posted to the Perley Health urgent news webpage: https://www.perleyhealth.ca/public-announcement


Swab Clinic and Testing

  • All staff, students, volunteers and Essential Caregivers (ECGs) who have received 3 or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are required to complete 2 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) in a 7-day period (Monday-Sunday)
  • All staff, students, volunteers and ECGs who have not received 3 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are required to complete 3 RATs in a 7-day period (Monday-Sunday)
  • General Visitors and Support Workers are required to complete a RAT each time they visit.

Visits with a Resident (deemed to be at end of life)

  • Determining a resident is at end of life, is informed by a discussion with the doctor.
  • The manager of the unit provides guidance to staff at the Main Entrance to inform them of the residents formally deemed end-of-life.
  • If a resident is receiving end-of-life care, non-vaccinated/partially vaccinated Essential Caregivers (ECGs) and general visitors can be allowed entry into the home.
  • Visiting is restricted to the resident's room.

Questions/Comments
  • Jay Innes
  • Director of Communications
  • Perley Health
  • 1750 Russell Road
  • Ottawa, ON.
  • K1G 5Z6
  • Phone: ext. 2207
  • Fax: 613-526-7186
  • Email: info@perleyhealth.ca