Directive #3 for Long-Term Care Homes under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007

Long-Term Care Public Health
Bedded & Service Capacity PPE

Summary

  • Changes to:
    • Admissions and Transfers
    • Absences
    • Managing Visitors
    • Testing

Actions

  1. Admissions and Transfers
    • In areas with low transmission of COVID-19 as identified by the province (i.e., Green (Prevent) stage in the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open), an admission/transfer to a long-term care home from a hospital may occur without the required 14-day self-isolation period provided that neither the hospital nor the long-term care home are experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak AND both the hospital and the long-term care home are located in areas that are in the Prevent (Green) stage of the provincial framework.
  2. Absences
    • For long-term care homes located in public health unit regions in the Orange (Restrict), Red (Control) or Grey (Lockdown) levels in the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open, absences are not permitted except for medical or compassionate reasons.
  3. Managing Visitors
    • Clarifies that long-term care homes must also comply with the Minister’s Directive: COVID-19: Long-Term Care Home Surveillance Testing and Access to Homes issued by the Minister of Long-Term Care, effective November 23, 2020 or as amended.
    • Essential visitors are the only type of visitors allowed when the long-term care home is located in a public health unit region where there is evidence of increasing/significant community transmission i.e., Orange (Restrict), Red (Control) or Grey (Lockdown) levels in the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.
  4. Testing
    • Clarifies that long-term care homes must also comply with the Minister’s Directive: COVID-19: Long-Term Care Home Surveillance Testing and Access to Homes issued by the Minister of Long-Term Care, effective November 23, 2020 or as amended.

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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