Cedarvale Lodge Retirement and Care Community

By: Mike Anderson

Cedarvale Lodge in Keswick is in lockdown after an outbreak was declared by York Region Public Health on October 8.

The outbreak, which requires only one positive case, was declared after a staff member at the LTC home tested positive for COVID-19.

The staff member, who last worked on October 3, is currently at home in isolation, according to a spokesperson from Sienna Senior Living, the home’s owner.

Following a request from Public Health, all Cedarvale Lodge residents and staff were tested by the home’s nursing staff on October 9. While all results have been negative so far, according to public health, results for most of the tests are still pending.

“There are 44 staff with results pending and two new residents who have been tested due to symptoms. There are 55 residents swabbed and results are pending. The current turnaround time for labs can be up to five days,” said Patrick Casey, director of communications for York Region, in an email to The Post on October 11.

“Results will be communicated to residents and families once they are received,” said Natalie Gokchenian, director of communications for Sienna Senior Living.

“All residents will remain in their rooms and receive tray service for meals. All staff are donning full PPE for droplet and contact precautions. In addition, we are suspending general family visits and any non-essential resident outings at this time for all residents.”

Ms. Gokchenian wants family members to know that staff are implementing public health protocols to contain any possible spread of the virus.

“The team at Cedarvale is doing a tremendous job in managing the situation. They are highly skilled in infection control practices and are working closely with public health to ensure all proper precautions and directives are in place.”

Cedarvale Lodge Retirement and Care Community, located at 121 Morton Avenue in Keswick, is a 60-bed, for-profit, long-term care home.

The licensee is registered as The Royale Development LP, which is a wholly-owned limited partnership, controlled by Sienna Senior Living.

While the LTC home, unlike River Glen Haven in Sutton, managed to avoid a COVID-19 outbreak in the spring, it has been the subject of multiple inspections by the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

In 2019, ministry inspectors conducted eight inspections, including four critical incident inspections and three complaint inspections.

However, this year there has been only one follow-up inspection.

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