Directive #3, COVID-19 Guidance Document for LTCHs, and Rapid Testing Merged FAQs

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  • The changes made to the COVID-19 Guidance Document for LTCHs, and the Minister’s Directive: COVID-19 Surveillance Testing and Access to Homes include in effect July 7, 2020: Updates to Visitor Policy; and as of June 30th, Individuals who repeatedly test ‘false positive’ with rapid antigen tests may switch to solely PCR testing.


  • Caregiver maximums lifted. Outdoor visits up to 10 people. Indoors, 2 caregivers, 2 general visitors. Cohorting residents outdoors relaxed if 85% residents and 70% staff are fully vaccinated. Testing guidance changes to sole PCR test within 7 days if evidence of 3 negative rapid antigen/pcr tests within a 30 day period.

DISCLAIMER: This document has been reviewed by Ontario Health West staff. While staff has provided its summary and interpretation of key action items, every health service provider remains responsible for ensuring their own understanding of the document and actions items, next steps and/or accountabilities outlined in the document.

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