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Expanding COVID-19 Surveillance Testing to Tenants and Staff of Seniors' Supportive Housing

Expanding COVID-19 Surveillance Testing to Tenants and Staff of Seniors' Supportive Housing

Date: 2020-05-01

St. Joseph’s Care Group is testing all residents and staff of Bethammi Nursing Home and Hogarth Riverview Manor for COVID-19, a proactive measure called ‘surveillance’ testing.  Coupled with the testing already done through active screening, we will have a more comprehensive ‘snapshot in time’ of the status of our clients and staff.

Starting next week, surveillance testing is expanding to include tenants and staff of PR Cook and Sister Leila Greco Apartments.  “Extending the surveillance testing to Seniors’ Supportive Housing just makes good sense,” said Tracy Buckler, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s Care Group.  “We want to ensure we do everything possible to identify positive cases of COVID-19 early.” 

Testing will take place as follows:

Site Date Time
PR Cook Apartments Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sister Leila Greco Apartments Thursday, May 7, 2020 9:00am - 4:00pm

“We are extremely grateful to our partners at Superior North EMS,” notes Buckler. The paramedics have been onsite helping to test more than 1,500 people over a two-week period. “Providing support for surveillance testing for seniors and frontline healthcare workers certainly demonstrates their ongoing commitment to the health and wellbeing of our community,” said Buckler.

Quick Facts:
  • There are 592 residents at St. Joseph’s Care Group’s two long-term care homes (Hogarth Riverview Manor and Bethammi Nursing Home)
  • Seniors’ Supportive Housing is home to 313 tenants at PR Cook and Sister Leila Greco Apartments
  • Almost half of St. Joseph’s Care Group’s 2,200 staff work in long-term care and seniors’ supportive housing.

For information on SJCG’s response to COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 page or follow us on Facebook.

       
       
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