THUNDER BAY - A staff member with an organization located in the same building as a retirement home has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a message sent to residents and family members in McKellar Place Senior Living, a staff member with Brain Injury Services of Northern Ontario, located on the sixth floor of the building, has tested positive.
BISNO provides supports and services including supportive housing and rehabilitation services to individuals who have suffered a brain injury. It is a self-contained home and is separate from McKellar Place.
McKellar Place residents have been told the there is very low risk for exposure to residents and staff, and safety measures are being put in place.
These measures include BISNO staff continuing to use a private entrance, assigning the north elevator to only BISNO staff, no entry to the sixth floor by McKellar Place staff or residents, increased disinfecting of all common spaces, masks being worn by all residents and staff, screening of all essential services, and meals delivered to units.
Updates will be made available to residents and staff as they arise. McKellar Place administration has said BISNO staff will have no contact with McKellar Place residents or staff.
Brain Injury and Services of Northern Ontario was contacted for this story, but has not responded as of the time of publication.