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.

The City of Toronto continues to be in Phase 2 of the Provincial Economic
Recovery Plan. The following precautions remain in place and available for all independent tenants should they wish added protection:

  • Tenant screening is available in the main entrance daily between the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • -We urge you to wear face coverings (masks) while in the common spaces of the Community (this decision has been made by the SCOC Leadership Team based on
    the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province).
  • The Tea Room remains open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 11 am and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. so that food items, fresh coffee and pastry can be purchased. Social
    distancing rules must be adhered to and only 5 people will be allowed in the Tea Room at one time, dining in is not allowed.

As per the plan 10 people can congregate at one time in an outdoor setting.

  • The outdoor patio remains open for visiting with 2 defined visiting sections for independent living.
  • The visiting sections must be booked for no more than one hour to ensure that everyone has a chance to use these areas. Please call reception to reserve a section
    time and date.
  • Visiting sections will be cleaned by staff every 2 hours on the hour in addition there are wipes and disinfectant at each station.
  • There can be no use of the BBQ or consumption of food or beverages during the visits.
  • Independent Living can receive visitors to their suites; please consider these guidelines.
    1. All visitors enter and exit the building through the main door.
    2. All visitors are screened prior to entry.

Toronto Public Health have recommended the following guidelines for residential buildings and we are adhering to them:

  • All common areas including hallways and the main floor meeting room of the - Community will remain closed to tenant congregation while the order is in effect. Changes will be made if the order is altered.
  • Congregate dining will not occur until restaurants are opened as per the order.
  • SCOC staff will continue to practice heightened cleaning regimes in all high touch and common areas (hallways) of the community.

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

Why is it recommended to avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough?

How to properly wash your hands

Can masks protect against the new coronavirus infection?