TPH calls on facilities to ramp up IPAC measures

Monday, January 25, 2021

Due to confirmed cases of the highly contagious U.K. B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19, Toronto Public Health is asking people who oversee the daily operations of facilities, such as long-term care homes, correction facilities and child care centres to ramp up infection prevention and control measures (IPAC).

In a memorandum posted today, fueled by the outbreak at Roberta Place long-term care home in Barrie, health officials urged facilities to review, audit and reinforce consistent implementation of their current IPAC measures to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and any variant.

These measures include:

  • Passive and active screening for visitors and staff (be sure to screen for recent travel)
  • Universal masking
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Proper hand hygiene
  • Physical distancing
  • Environmental cleaning
  • Surveillance testing
  • Auditing

The Public Health Ontario Laboratory is now conducting surveillance for COVID-19 variants and has developed indications to test for them. Should new variants be identified, they would be promptly reported to Toronto Public Health.

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