Updated Surveillance Testing Guidelines for Long-Term Care (LTC) Sector
On November 19, 2020, the province released a memorandum to LTCH and an FAQ for Long-Term Care Home Surveillance Testing in response to updated guidance for surveillance testing of staff, volunteers and visitors. Effective Monday, November 23, 2020, the following changes will be made in long-term care homes in public health unit regions in the Orange-Restrict, Red-Control and Lockdown levels under the COVID-19 Response Framework:
- Staff, essential caregivers and support workers who provide direct care to residents need to be tested for COVID-19 weekly and show proof of a negative test result.
- Support workers who do not provide direct care to residents must verbally attest to having received a negative COVID-19 test result in the past two weeks and not subsequently tested positive.
For long-term care homes in regions at the Green-Prevent and Yellow-Protect levels, testing will continue every two weeks for staff, volunteers, caregivers and visitors.