Public Health Agency of Canada releases interim guidance for infection prevention and control of COVID-19 for long-term care homes
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Ottawa, Apr 13 (Canadian-Media): All Canadians have a role to play in helping to protect seniors and medically vulnerable people, who are at greatest risk of severe health complications from COVID-19. Unfortunately, many long-term care homes in Canada have been experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19 and, sadly, numerous deaths.
This weekend, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) released evidence-informed guidelines to help residents, seniors and health care workers in long-term care homes remain safe and healthy. The Infection Prevention and Control for COVID-19: Interim Guidance for Long-Term Care Homes provides recommendations that complement provincial and territorial public health efforts to prevent and control health care-associated infections.
Theresa Tam, Chief Public Officer of Canada. Image credit: Twitter
These guidelines may be adapted to other settings such as retirement homes and residential homes for those with developmental disabilities.
We understand that the efforts of Canadians to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our most vulnerable involves difficult decisions and personal sacrifices. We all need to do our part to help stop the spread of the virus among the residents of long-term care homes, as well as the workers who care for them.