An Important Message from Villa Italia – An Update as of December 16, 2021
Effective December 20, 2021 rapid antigen testing will be mandatory for all staff, volunteers, contractors and essential caregivers, regardless of vaccination status.
Effective immediately only fully vaccinated general visitors will be permitted to book an indoor visit in the designated visiting area. Essential Caregivers that are not fully vaccinated, please see below for further information.
All visits are to be booked with reception.
Changes Coming into Effect December 22, 2021
Today (Tuesday, December 14, 2021), the Ontario government announced the province is enhancing its COVID-19 policies in long-term care homes and retirement homes to further protect residents and staff from the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. RHRA is working closely with the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility on further details, and will provide more information about these changes as soon as it becomes available; however, effective December 22, 2021, changes include:
Additional Visiting Restrictions if you have travelled
Further to a memo sent by the Deputy Minister on November 29, 2021, about the Omicron variant of concern, the Government of Canada announced on November 30, 2021, that Egypt, Nigeria and Malawi have been added to the list of countries – South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia - with additional travel restrictions.
Anyone who has travelled to any of the 10 identified African countries listed above within the last 14 days, regardless of vaccination status, is strictly prohibited to enter a retirement home as they are required to be in quarantine. This requirement also applies to anyone residing in the same household of a person who is in quarantine because of recent travel to these countries. This includes individuals intending to visit palliative residents as well as staff, essential caregivers, support workers, visitors, students, volunteers, and contractors.
In addition, individuals who have travelled to any country outside of Canada within the last 14 days, including the US, and who are not under federal quarantine will be required to undergo rapid antigen testing when entering a retirement home, regardless of vaccination status. Rapid antigen testing results are valid for 48 hours.
AGAIN ALL PERSONS ENTERING VILLA ITALIA WILL BE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN ANTIGEN TESTING.
As the Christmas season is upon us, we expect that families and loved ones will gather for Christmas festivities.
We kindly ask family members to keep the following in mind:
We strongly urge all family members to ONLY gather with those that are completely vaccinated. Please use an abundance of caution when gathering with your loved ones during the Christmas season. If you or someone in your household is experiencing any one symptom, please refrain from visiting or taking your loved ones out.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Pat Mostacci or Laura DiStefano.