COVID-19 Update

Effective March 15, 2020, the St. Clair O’Connor Community Long Term Care Home and all of its independent seniors’ apartments are closed to outside visitation.

For more information about COVID-19 updates at SCOC, please contact us at: 

The health and well-being of residents and team members is the top priority for the St. Clair O'Connor Community, and we will continue to keep you informed as we monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19. Please continue to check our website for updates and other related information.

We are encouraging our Residents to “shelter in place” and avoid contact with each other as much as possible. We understand that this is an emotional time for everyone and are doing our outmost to keep our community safe.

Communication in these times is also extremely important so we have created a COVID-19 portal to keep you informed as to what we are doing in our community to ensure its safety and we encourage you to visit it regularly.

June 3, 2021 - Memo: SCOC COVID-19 Update

We are now well into Wave 3 of COVID-19. With cases and the spread of the COVID-19 variants decreasing, the Ontario Government has created a Road Map to Reopening Ontario. The safety of our community remains to be our priority.

SCOC vaccination rates remain as follows:

  • 91.7% - staff
  • 94.4% - LTC residence
  • 86.4% - Independent living residents
  • Step 1 (June 3, 2021 through June 23, 2021)
  • Step 2 (June 24, 2021 through July 14, 2021)
  • Step 3 (July 15, 2021 through August 4, 2021)

The following precautions remain in place and available for all residents should they wish added protection:

  • Tenant screening is available in the main entrance daily between the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The Province of Ontario implemented regulations on the mandatory wearing of a mask or face covering through Ontario. We urge you to wear face coverings (masks) while in the common spaces, and hallways of the community and when off premises.
  • Under the temporary physical distancing bylaws, people who are not from the same household must maintain a physical distance of two meters (six feet) apart. Social distancing rules must be adhered to and only five(5) people will be allowed in the Tea Room at one time, dining in is not allowed.
  • The Tea Room remains open Monday to Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 2 to 3 p.m. so that food items, fresh coffee and pastry can be purchased.
  • The Dietary Department will be open for meal preparation and delivery only (breakfast, lunch, diner). No dine in will be allowed during the shutdown.
  • Adult Day programs and SALC will be either delivered virtual (ZOOM) or one-to-one visits (no groups sessions).
  • The Ministry of Health has mandated 3rd party Security/Screening oversight of the Screening Process for all Long-Term Care Homes in Ontario. This is the reason for having Security at the front entrance.

Due to our screening process, rigorous swabbing protocols and continued enhanced cleaning polices (IPAC – Infection Prevention and Control) we have managed to keep our residents safe of COVID-19. Over the past three (3) months we have had four SCOC staff members who have tested positive for the virus. Thanks to our IPAC Team, and to their quick reactions to the positive results. We were able to quarantine, trace, disinfect, and manage case files with Public Health and Michael Garron Hospital to keep COVID-19 out of our community.

We currently have one staff member in isolation with a positive result. We continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with Public Health.
The staff at SCOC appreciates everyone’s cooperation and patience. The end of the pandemic is getting closer, and we will all hopefully be able to get back our regular routines and begin to enjoy our friends, families and loved ones.

Stay Safe.

Gary Basran

Vanda Cozier

Physical distancing and other measures taken at SCOC

Appropriate measures to contain further spread of the virus, both in the Long-Term Care home and to the Independent Living, are being taken at SCOC.

Physical distancing is one way that we can all help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, and within St. Clair O'Connor Community, and we are taken further precautions.

Here are some examples of how we are implementing these measures:

  • When having conversations with others, we are instructing residents and staff to observe a two (2) metre, or six (6) foot distance to avoid any transmission.
  • Instructing vendors to leave all deliveries of food or products at Reception and a staff member will deliver them to their suites.
  • Providing meal deliveries to each individual's suite by SCOC staff members.
  • Increasing the screening for all Residents in the Independent Living apartments.
  • Increased cleaning, especially high-touch surfaces such as hand rails in all areas of the community.
  • Registered staff will continue screening Residents who are required to self-isolate.
  • Staff that have tested positive are all off on self-isolation, and they will not be allowed back to work until they have 2(two) negative nasal swabs in a 24 hour period.

Community Care!

Thank you to our residents and Board of Directors for their compassion towards our staff and volunteers.

To our healthcare workers, staff and volunteers, thank you for your care and support for our community.

Helpful Resources

How to Protect Yourself

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How to properly wash your hands

Can masks protect against the new coronavirus infection?