Health Ministry On Matilda Smith Residence

April 20, 2020

Following the spread of the Covid-19 virus at the Matilda Smith Williams Seniors Residence, the Health Ministry has been taking additional steps in order to manage the situation.

A government spokesperson said, “As reported by the Ministry of Health last weekend, Covid-19 was confirmed at the Matilda Smith Williams Seniors Residence. This involved two residents and two staff members. Unfortunately, these results confirmed spread of the virus within the facility. As a result, all residents and staff underwent testing for Covid-19 and 23 positive results were confirmed in persons associated with the outbreak at the care home.

“All residents who require medical assessments have had them performed by medical professionals and no medication has been given to residents by unqualified personnel.

“The Ministry of Health liaised with the facility’s Interim Administrator as soon as the outbreak occurred to ensure that medical care was provided. A Registered Nurse has been attending the facility every night since early last week, while the Department of Health’s Long Term Care Quality Officer, who is also a Registered Nurse, has also been attending daily.

“On Saturday a medical director from the Ministry of Health was appointed to the facility to provide on-site and off-site medical guidance and intervention in the response to the Covid-19 outbreak at the facility. Additionally, the Department of Health will provide Home Resource Aides to the facility. As of yesterday, a full-time nurse has been appointed to the home.

“The Ministry of Health has provided PPE to the facility including gowns, masks, gloves, face shields, goggles, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and trash bags. Additionally, the Department of Health’s Community Health Nursing staff provided PPE training on Friday morning at the home for all staff regarding the correct use of PPE and Infection Control.

“The Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit is currently managing the outbreak in the facility and have recommend that additional measures be put in place and has provided further guidance to staff members in that regard. A communication from the facility’s Board was sent to family members regarding the status of the Covid-19 outbreak at the home.”

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