No visitors allowed in long-term care homes

Long-term care homes across Newfoundland and Labrador will be closed to all visitors beginning end of day Monday.

Some regions, however, closed off visitation last week ahead of the announcement.

In a news release Monday morning, the Department of Health and Community Services said the decision will be reviewed every day.

“This action is being taken to protect elderly residents, and those with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions who are at a higher risk of developing complications from COVID-19,” the statement said.

“This decision was not made lightly.”

Jerry Earle is president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees. (Gary Locke/CBC)

The province acknowledges the importance of social connections for elderly residents and their families, and that this decision may be unsettling. However, the department said it is necessary given the worry over COVID-19.

Earlier on Monday, the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees, the union that represents workers at long-term care homes, expressed concern over visitation to these facilities.

Union president Jerry Earle said his office has been inundated with calls from members and families on the high level of foot traffic through long-term care homes.

“If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the time to act is now before it is too late,” said Earle in an email. 

Last Tuesday, Western Health shut down visitation at the Corner Brook Long Term Care Home, citing a number of residents sick with influenza. 

On Friday, the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Long-Term Care Home decided to stop visitation due to the threat of COVID-19.

Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

No visitors allowed in long-term care homes

Aggregated from: CBC | Newfoundland and Labrador News

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