Central Health would like to advise that it has lifted its No Visitation Precautions at the Valley Vista Senior Citizens Home in Springdale. Enterovirus – a common cold virus – was detected in February and is considered the cause of a recent outbreak.
The virus is no longer present at Valley Vista and the long-term care facility can now return to Essential Visitation, as directed by the province’s Chief Medical Office of Health under Alert Level 4. Staff at Valley Vista have reached out to families of residents about essential visitors.
Furthermore, an investigation related to a resident of Central region who was positive with COVID-19 in February, is now closed. As part of the investigation all patients and staff at Valley Vista were tested for COVID-19, and all results came back negative.
Guidelines for support persons/designated visitors can be found here (https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/guidelines-for-support-person-designated-visitors/). For those who are unable to visit at this time, virtual visitation can be an alternate way to connect with loved ones during these visitor restrictions. To arrange for a virtual visit, please also discuss your request with the care team.
PREVIOUS UPDATE: COVID-19 investigation continuing at Valley Vista Senior Citizens' Home in Springdale
Central Health wishes to advise that visitor restrictions continue at the Valley Vista Senior Citizens’ Home, in Springdale. The restrictions are due to an ongoing investigation related to a positive COVID-19 case in the Central region.
Central Health is currently testing all employees and residents at this facility. The testing is anticipated to be completed by Saturday.
Any person impacted by this investigation will be contacted directly by Public Health.
All other Central Health facilities and services are operating as usual. However, Central Health will continue to monitor the situation in the Central region, and the rest of the province, and is prepared to respond as deemed necessary.
Central Health would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding at this time.
Gayle St. Croix
Director of Communications and Government Relations
cell: (709) 572 1165