West Nipissing General Hospital

Effective December 15, 2021, the following requirements and directives will be in effect for the WNGH Long-Term Care unit

Surveillance Testing

  • Test all fully vaccinated staff, students, and caregivers, two (2) times per week, in addition to existing testing requirements for those not fully vaccinated.
  • General visitors, regardless of vaccination status, require proof of negative test upon entry, taken the day of the visit, or on a previous day. Testing is also required for outdoor visits.

Vaccinations

  • Effective December 15 at 7:00 PM: General visitors who are not fully vaccinated will be restricted from entering the long-term care unit.
  • Effective December 20: To enter the LTC unit, caregivers must show proof of their first dose as of December 20th, and proof of all required doses by February 21, 2022.
  • Caregivers designated after December 14 are required to be fully vaccinated to gain entry to the unit.
  • Exceptions are made for support workers, caregivers and general visitors in emergency or palliative situations and are subject to any restrictions/requirements contained in Directive #3.

General Visitors & Caregivers

  • Indoor visits:
    • Up to two (2) people per resident at a time (including caregivers) at the bedside only.
  • Residents can designate a maximum of two (2) caregivers.

Activities

  • Cohorting of residents for high-risk activities
  • Large group social activities are discouraged.

Absences

  • Day absences:
    • Day absences for social purposes are permitted for fully vaccinated residents only.
    • Requirements upon return to home:
      • Residents will be actively screened upon return
      • A rapid test and PCR test will occur on day 3 following absence, followed by a PCR test on day 7. No isolation is required unless a positive result is received.
  • Overnight absences:
    • Overnight absences for social purposes are being suspended regardless of vaccination status.

Screening

  • All individuals must be screened prior to entry into the home.
  • Once-daily symptom screening is required for residents in the home.