COVID-19 – Latest News
Last Updated April 29, 2021
Status: We currently have two employees that have tested positive for COVID-19. These employees are quarantining at home, as per the direction of the local health unit. These positive test results do not impact any of our residential support locations. Our thoughts are with the employees who have tested positive, wishing them a full recovery.
This brings our total confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Community Living Essex County to 39 since the start of the pandemic. The previous 37 cases have been resolved. The first case was identified on December 18, 2020.
All support workers at Community Living Essex County, since the start of the pandemic, have been restricted to working exclusively in only one location to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
We are extremely grateful for our dedicated workforce. The over 750 employees of Community Living Essex County continue demonstrating commitment, courage and resilience, as they provide essential supports and services to people with intellectual disabilities during this most challenging time.
Our agency’s highest priority is protecting the people we support and our employees.
The following are just some of the preventative measures in place to keep our staff and residents safe:
- mandatory screening of every employee and essential visitor at all agency locations
- all support workers and essential visitors wearing masks and face shields
- visitor restrictions in place
- ongoing training and education for all employees regarding hand washing, PPE, and procedures for exposure scenarios
- keeping a distance of at least 2 meters between residents and employees, where possible
Community Living Essex County is continuing to work closely with the Windsor Essex County Health Unit, following their guidance on health and safety procedures and recommendations.
As our community withstands the third wave, we continue to remain steadfast in our commitment to safety protocols. The developmental services sector is still under emergency order and the people we support are some of the most vulnerable people in our community. We must remain vigilant to protect them and their support workers.
As our organization adapts to a new reality due to COVID-19, we have been touched by the support we have received from the community. We have received donations of hand sanitizer, face masks, and toilet paper and have even had generous individuals make and donate masks to our agency. Not only are these essential items greatly appreciated, they remind us that our vital services and supports are not forgotten by the residents of Essex County. Thank you.
We’ve prepared a summary of COVID-19 government financial support and relief programs that may be helpful for people we support and families. Click here for more information.
We are very pleased to share that the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is working towards finalizing plans to begin to vaccinating people receiving residential supports from Community Living Essex County. This is welcome news as protection from the virus is key to the health and well-being of people supported. To answer questions you may have regarding the vaccine and what to expect during and after the immunization appointment, please see the following resources that have been developed in plain language for people with intellectual disabilities to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination process:
- COVID-19 Vaccine Information Social Story
- Top 10 Side Effects of COVID-19 Vaccine
- Video – A Discussion about the COVID-19 Vaccine
- What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Public Health Ontario
- COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form
We recognize this is a challenging time for the people we support, our employees and the families we serve. We will get through this together.
We will continue to provide updates on how our organization is responding to and impacted by COVID-19.
Updated April 29, 2021