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65 positive COVID cases in Village of Riverside Glen outbreak

The facility reports there have been no fatalities and that most of the cases are asymptomatic
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As of Friday, there are 65 positive cases of COVID-19 at the Village of Riverside Glen in Guelph.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health stated that the positive cases include 36 among residents and four among staff in the retirement home. There are also 14  cases among residents and 11 among staff in the long term care home.

Village of Riverside Glen said in a statement that no residents have died from the virus and the majority of the cases at this time are asymptomatic.

An outbreak was declared by WDG Public Health on Dec. 17 in the long term care home and on Jan. 10 in the retirement home. 

“We have strong IPAC protocols in place, and we are working hard to increase staffing to be sure we have extra team members in the neighbourhoods to support residents while quarantine measures are in effect,” said Kim Sutherland, assistant general manager at the Village in a press release. 

Riverside Glen and Schlegel Villages support teams are currently working with Public Health officials, Guelph General Hospital, the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network to manage the current outbreak. 

Kristian Partington, spokesperson of Riverside Glen said the Village is in full outbreak protocols in accordance with WDG Public Health mandates.

Current safety protocols in Riverside Glen include intense cleaning, disinfecting, and forming cohorts of team members and residents. 

As of Friday, approximately 264 of the residents at the Village of Riverside Glen’s long-term care and retirement homes received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine which is over 70 per cent of the senior population at the homes. 

Nearly 50 percent of team members have also been vaccinated to date, with 40 care staff receiving their vaccinations Thursday.

“The beginning of the vaccination program in the Village generated a great amount of hope in our community as the team here works hard to manage the outbreak of COVID, and we are extremely grateful that the Public Health team has been able to support the vaccination rollout,” said Sutherland. 

“We’ve seen across the province the impact this virus can have and vaccinations, along with the collaboration of key healthcare partners, will be crucial to the success of our fight as we work together to protect everyone in our community.”

Public Health has also increased testing ability with EMS teams and Riverside Glen stated that aggressive testing will remain in place and additional measures will be put in place if necessary.