Please take the time to review any programs, services and/or events that you offer, in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Review our COVID-19 Information for Workplaces page for more information.
Congregate Living Settings in Renfrew County and District include a variety of facilities, such as group homes, homes for special care and temporary housing. These facilities are incredibly different in their roles, populations served, and existing partnerships. Together, they play an important role across Renfrew County and District.
Ministry of Children Community and Social Services : Resuming Visits in Congregate Living Settings
Public Health Ontario: Congregate Living Settings page
Public Health Ontario: Congregate Living Setting Resources Toolkit
Public Health Ontario: Managing COVID-19 Outbreaks in Congregate Living Settings Checklist
Public Health Ontario: COVID-19 Preparedness and Prevention in Congregate Living Settings Checklist
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to cause illnesses ranging from the simple cold to severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). COVID-19 also known as SARS-CoV-2 is the new (novel) coronavirus. Experts are learning more about this virus every day.
Public Health Ontario Link: Congregate Living Webinar
Public Health Ontario Link: COVID-19 Resources for Congregate Living Settings
Public Health Ontario Link: Congregate Living Setting Resources Toolkit
Public Health Ontario Link: Managing COVID-19 Outbreaks in Congregate Living Settings
Public Health Ontario Link: COVID-19 Preparedness and Prevention in Congregate Living Settings Checklist
Everyone has the potential to come into contact with microscopic germs during interactions with people and the environment. Congregate living homes have common characteristics that include shared living spaces such as washrooms and sleeping areas as well as communal food preparation. These common areas combined with varying levels of health needs, weakened immune systems, close quarters or inability to maintain hygienic practices may influence resident and safe wellbeing.
Public Health Ontario: Putting on Full PPE, Removing Full PPE Video
It is important to keep congregate living settings clean to stop the spread of illness. Cleaning is the physical removal of dirt and germs from a surface by wiping or scrubbing, while disinfection kills germs using a chemical solution.
Tips to Remember:
Not all products are equal: some are cleaners, some are disinfectants, and some can be used for both. Review the label and ingredients to figure out what your product can be used for. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for product use (e.g., how long it must stay wet on a surface, mixing, and safety instructions). High-touch surfaces include doorknobs, activities and horizontal surfaces, such as table tops, are where bacteria and microorganisms are prone to settling. These surfaces require frequent cleaning and disinfection.
Public Health Ontario: Chlorine Dilution Calculator
Health Canada: Hard-Surface Disinfectants and Hand Sanitizers (COVID-19)
Health Canada: Medical Devices for Use Against Coronavirus (COVID-19)