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.
Link: RCDHU My Mask Protects YOU Poster
Link: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for Congregate Living Settings (July 10, 2020)
Link: COVID-19 Cohorting in Outbreaks in Congregate Living Settings (July 10, 2020)
Link: COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Non-Medical Masks in Congregate Living Settings (July 10, 2020)
Link: Proper Use of Disposable Gloves Poster (June 25, 2020)
Link: Patient Screening Guidance (For Staff and Residents)
Link: Guidance for Congregate Living Vulnerable Populations (May 28, 2020)
Link: Employee Screening Questionnaire (September 28, 2020)
Link: COVID-19 Screening Poster for Entrances (September 28, 2020)
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
Under the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act, outbreaks of respiratory and enteric infections in institutions are reportable to the local Medical Officer of Health on the same day as the outbreak is suspected or confirmed.
When an outbreak is reported to the Health Unit, a Public Health Nurse (for respiratory outbreaks) or a Public Health Inspector (for enteric outbreaks) offers to assist staff at the facility in their efforts to prevent the spread of the illness.
Please note effective June 1, 2022, Renfrew County and District Health Unit Outbreak Team will be resuming regular business hours Monday – Friday 08:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
During Regular business hours:
For urgent outbreak matters: please call 613-602-5966. Please leave a message with name, contact number and reason for call and the assigned Case Investigator will return your call.
For non-urgent outbreak matters, please email email@example.com.
If you are reporting a single case in a highest risk setting, please complete the Case Reporting Form.
If you are reporting a new outbreak in a highest risk setting, please complete the Initial Respiratory Outbreak Notification Form.
Forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (password-protected) or faxed to 613-735-3067.
Please contact the on-call manager at 613-735-9926.
COVID-19 Outbreak Supporting Documents
Initial Respiratory Outbreak Notification Form
Initial Checklist for Outbreak Management
Respiratory Outbreak Line List – Resident/Patient
Respiratory Outbreak Line List – Staff
Respiratory Outbreak Forms
Respiratory Outbreak Line List
Respiratory Outbreak Line List – Resident
Respiratory Outbreak Line List – Staff
Initial respiratory outbreak notification form
Initial Checklist for Outbreak Management – Congregate Living Settings
Infection Control Measures
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.
Link: How to Wash Your Hands/How to Sanitize Your Hands
Link: Removing PPE – Comment enlever l’équipement de protection individuelle
Link: Putting on PPE – comment mettre l’équipement de protection individuelle
Link: Self-isolation: Guide for Caregivers, Household Members and Close Contacts
Link: Steps to Put on and Remove a Face Mask
Public Health Ontario: Putting on Full PPE, Removing Full PPE Video
Cleaning and Disinfecting
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.
Link: Cleaning and Disinfecting in Public Settings
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)