Geraldton COVID-19 Outbreak at John Owen Evans Residence Long-Term Care Home Over

COVID-19 Update

GERALDTON – COVID-19 Update – The Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) and Geraldton District Hospital announce that the outbreak at the John Owen Evans Residence long-term care residence in Geraldton is now over.

On December 4, 2020, one staff member at the John Owen Evans Residence tested positive for COVID-19 and an outbreak was declared. Consistent with provincial guidelines, an outbreak is declared for COVID-19 in a long-term care home when one staff or resident is found to be positive for COVID-19. The outbreak can be declared over when there are no new cases after 14 days of the last shift worked by the staff member.

Prior to the outbreak, significant measures were already in place at the John Owen Evans Residence to reduce likelihood of transmission of the virus within the facility. Expanded precautions, were implemented for the duration of the outbreak. Over the last 14 days no other staff or residents at the John Owen Evans Residence have tested positive for COVID- 19, as confirmed through follow-up surveillance testing.