COVID-19 – Latest News
Last Updated September 23, 2020
No cases of COVID-19 to report
While we continue to work hard in our preventive measures, we are happy to report, at this time, Community Living Essex County has no positive COVID-19 cases among residents or active employees.
We are extremely grateful for our dedicated workforce. The over 750 employees of Community Living Essex County are 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
- visitor restrictions in place (family visits by appointment only and subject to screening and adherence to protective and preventative guidelines)
- 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 the province of Ontario is beginning to loosen restrictions and re-open businesses, we are all beginning to feel optimism and eagerness for a return to normality. It’s important to remember that the developmental services sector is still under emergency order until at least September 22nd 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 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 September 23, 2020