Past COVID-19 Updates
May 24, 2020 – Update: no COVID-19 at Mississauga Centre
Peel Region Public Health today withdrew an outbreak order from the Yee Hong Centre – Mississauga site. A resident tested positive from a sample taken May 20 and it seemed to indicate an outbreak. A comprehensive investigation of staff and residents contradicts the original result. The resident has no symptoms, two new test samples collected from the resident are negative for COVID-19, and dozens of staff and residents have since tested negative themselves. There is no evidence of COVID-19 at the Mississauga Centre.
May 22, 2020 – COVID-19 has been detected in a resident of the Yee Hong Centre – Mississauga site
COVID-19 has been detected in a resident of the Yee Hong Centre – Mississauga site. The resident shows no symptoms and has been isolated from others since March 15 to permit regular treatments for another condition outside the Mississauga Centre. All the best-practice infection control measures are already in place throughout the facility and there are no affected employees.
The resident has been retested. A second swab has been sent to confirm their COVID status. More detailed information will be posted to this website once we receive the complete set of results.
May 21, 2020 – Yee Hong residents all negative for COVID-19 (News Release)
Public health authorities confirmed Yee Hong seniors and staff are COVID-free in four long-term care homes. A total of 1698 test swabs were taken at four locations between May 4 and May 18 to confirm our residents are healthy and safe from the virus.
May 21, 2020 – COVID-19 not present during public health screening
Public health authorities confirmed Yee Hong seniors and staff are COVID-free in four long-term care homes as of May 18. Yee Hong undertook comprehensive testing in all four long-term care homes in conjunction with the local health units. This examination is according to the government directive to test all residents and staff.
May 19, 2020 – COVID-19 is not present at Yee Hong Centre – Scarborough-Finch
Toronto Public Health confirmed COVID-19 is not present at Yee Hong Scarborough-Finch. No residents of any Yee Hong Centre are positive for the virus.
May 15, 2020 – Three Yee Hong Centres are COVID-free after comprehensive testing
Starting May 4, Yee Hong undertook comprehensive testing in all four long-term care homes in conjunction with the local health units. We are very pleased to share with families and friends that the Mississauga, Markham and Scarborough-McNicoll Centres are confirmed to have no cases of COVID-19. This examination is according to the government directive to test all residents and staff.
May 15, 2020 – Yee Hong’s Infection Prevention and Control Measures
Staff and managers take precautions to prevent infection from spreading within Yee Hong Centres. Take a closer look at special measures introduced in March 2020.
May 15, 2020 – COVID-19 has been detected in a resident of the Yee Hong Centre – Scarborough-Finch site
COVID-19 has been detected in a resident of the Yee Hong Centre – Scarborough-Finch site. Incomplete results for all staff at the facility indicate three positive employee tests as well. The resident and employees show no symptoms and are isolated to prevent spread to others. All the best-practice infection control measures are already in place throughout the facility and the affected employees are at home. Each of the positive cases is being retested to confirm their status.
These cases were identified during comprehensive testing of all staff and residents for the government’s preventive screening program in Ontario long-term care homes. Staff and residents were swabbed on Monday, May 11 by a mobile test team from Scarborough Health Network. More detailed information will be posted to this website once we receive the complete set of results.
May 6, 2020 – Update: no COVID-19 at Scarborough-McNicoll Centre
Toronto Public Health today withdrew an outbreak order from the Yee Hong Centre – Scarborough-McNicoll site. A resident’s positive test on April 21 seemed to indicate an outbreak but a comprehensive investigation of staff and residents contradicts the original result. The resident has no symptoms, three new test samples collected from the resident are negative for COVID-19, and dozens of staff and residents have since tested negative themselves. The McNicoll site becomes the second Yee Hong facility to lift a COVID-19 outbreak without any residents becoming infected.
May 6, 2020 – Angela’s back!
Angela Yin, a Registered Nurse at Yee Hong’s Markham Centre, returned to work on May 5 after recovering from COVID-19. The management team and Angela’s colleagues stood in the lobby a safe distance from one another at 3pm yesterday. When Angela rounded the corner, everyone erupted into applause.
May 4, 2020 – New testing reveals no evidence of a COVID-19 outbreak at McNicoll site
New testing reveals no evidence of a COVID-19 outbreak at the Yee Hong Centre – Scarborough-McNicoll site as of Monday, May 4. Toronto Public Health confirmed three consecutive negative tests for the resident who tested positive some weeks ago. The resident has never shown COVID symptoms of any kind, and no credible vector for infection can be identified. We have asked Toronto Public Health to assess whether the original result was a false positive or some other error. Subsequent tests of 25 other residents on the first floor and dozens of McNicoll employees are all negative for the virus. All Yee Hong long term care staff and residents will be tested according to the government’s latest directive to the long-term care sector.
May 3, 2020 – No cases of COVID-19 at Yee Hong Mississauga Centre after comprehensive testing
Peel Region Public Health has confirmed that all COVID-19 tests conducted at Yee Hong Centre – Mississauga on April 29, including 195 residents and 205 staff, came back negative. This comprehensive testing was part of the Ontario government’s push to test all long-term care homes in the province. We will continue to be vigilant and follow all the measures we have diligently put in place to keep our homes safe for everyone.
May 1, 2020 – Touchless Door Opener installed at Yee Hong Garden Terrace
Yee Hong Garden Terrace has been putting lots of focus on eliminating the spread of COVID-19. We always put great emphasis on hand hygiene and practicing physical distancing. This approach is good but our property team is also striving for excellence by installing the touchless door opening sensor in the two multipurpose rooms. Residents simply raise their hands in front of the sensor and the door will open automatically. This will reduce the surface to be touched, thereby cutting off the chain of virus transmission.
Apr 22, 2020 – Update: COVID-19 detected at Yee Hong Centre – Scarborough-McNicoll
COVID-19 has been detected in a resident of the Yee Hong Centre – Scarborough-McNicoll site. The resident shows no symptoms and her case was uncovered while investigating a previous employee positive test. The other 25 residents in that unit tested negative and have no symptoms. Best-practice infection control measures are already in place and all staff on the unit are being tested.
Apr 21, 2020 – No residents affected as COVID-19 outbreak ends at Yee Hong Markham Centre (News Release)
York Region Public Health declared the COVID-19 outbreak is over at the Yee Hong Markham Centre on April 20, 2020. Vigilant staff, early intervention and effective mitigation strategies helped contain a single case at the Centre after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. No residents of the Markham Centre were affected by the virus.
Apr 21, 2020 – Yee Hong hosted phone-in sessions in April to address questions and concerns
Yee Hong hosted phone-in sessions in April to address questions and concerns. Clinical leaders in each Yee Hong Centre opened special teleconference lines to bring family members up to date on April 2 (Mississauga), April 6 (Markham), April 8 (Finch) and April 16 (McNicoll).
Callers raised hundreds of questions, most of them covering similar themes: safety measures, virus testing, resident care, changing work rules and staffing practices. A total of 575 callers joined the four teleconferences, and in a poll of participants more than 90% said they were “Very Satisfied” or “Satisfied” with what they heard.
Although it hasn’t been possible to answer every question submitted – occasionally we get emails with more than 20 questions – Yee Hong is committed to transparency during the global pandemic. New dates for May teleconferences will be announced soon – watch your email and www.yeehong.com/covid-19 for details.
Apr 20, 2020 – Yee Hong CEO video message posted
Apr 16, 2020 – COVID-19 FAQ updated
Apr 13, 2020 – COVID-19 detected at Yee Hong Centre – Scarborough-McNicoll
COVID-19 has been detected in an employee of the Yee Hong Centre – Scarborough-McNicoll site. The employee had been exposed to an active outbreak at another healthcare facility and has not worked at Yee Hong since an overnight shift on one of the care units from April 1-2. Toronto Public Health confirmed the test result on Sunday, April 12 and declared a “Suspected Outbreak” to better monitor the situation over the next 4 to 5 days. At this time there is no evidence of spread to any resident or other staff of the McNicoll Centre.
Apr 13, 2020 – Yee Hong team switches roles to serve our seniors
The global pandemic brought sudden and dramatic changes to Yee Hong.
In March, most programs and classes were suspended for seniors living in the community. Group activities stopped, and the government banned visitors and volunteers in our long-term care homes. During these uncertain times, our seniors suddenly had fewer choices.
Employees in the Community and Professional Services (CPS) division want to be part of the solution. Social Workers, the program coordinator and program workers, assistants and aides, all took on new duties in long-term care when the pandemic put their regular work on hold. Even the minibus drivers took new assignments indoors when the shuttle service was suspended!
Over 60 colleagues moved temporarily to help long-term care residents while the Active Senior Program, Transportation Services, Volunteer Development, Social Workers, Congregate Dining and Adult Day Program are placed on hold. A few more chose to work in Home Support Services, where Yee Hong continues to provide LHIN-funded assistance to seniors in their own homes.
The team has shown its dedication to Yee Hong seniors many times. The real test came the weekend of March 28-29 when a part-time long-term care employee tested positive for COVID-19. CPS managers and senior leaders pulled a call together with redeployed staff, answered their questions and addressed their concerns about workplace safety. The entire CPS team showed up for work Monday morning, and helped our Markham residents through a very difficult day.
On top of the duties related to deployment, some staff members continue to support their Congregate Dining and Adult Day Program clients on the telephone. Remote programs for exercise, education and more are in development to keep our seniors engaged and active wherever they live, in long-term care or in the community.
Apr 8, 2020 – Good News During COVID-19 blog launched
In these extraordinary and unprecedented times, good news can be hard to find. Yee Hong is launching this new blog to bring you heartwarming, feel-good stories from our community. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Apr 7, 2020 – Love and Care in a Global Crisis (News Release)
As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, the government calls on everyone to stay home and practice social distancing, but it doesn’t mean that we would stop caring for each other in the community. In the past few days, Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation has received generous donations of face masks, gloves and other critical personal protective equipment from individuals and organizations.
Apr 1, 2020 – Video chat service extremely popular
Yee Hong’s video chat service to connect families during the COVID-19 crisis has proven to be extremely popular. Since the launch of the service last week, we have completed 412 chat calls for residents isolated from their loved ones. Yee Hong staff make every effort to respond to chat requests in an organized and timely manner.
Mar 31, 2020 – Positive test for COVID-19 at Yee Hong Markham Centre (News Release)
COVID-19 has been detected in one employee of the Yee Hong Markham Centre. As a precaution to prevent an outbreak, and alongside York Region Public Health, we implemented isolation protocols on the 2nd floor of our Markham Centre. The affected staff person is isolated at home and has not been in contact with our residents since March 24, 2020. Two close workplace contacts of the positive test staff person are on 14-day isolation at home.
Mar 27, 2020 – COVID-19 FAQ Translations
Translations in Simplified and Traditional Chinese of our new COVID-19 FAQ page are now available.
Mar 26, 2020 – COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
In response to frequent questions from residents, families and other concerned persons, we are introducing a new FAQ page on Yee Hong’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 25, 2020 – Day Program and Congregate Dining Status Updates
As a result of further development in the COVID-19 situation, Day Programs and Congregate Dining at all homes and community will not be reopening on April 5 and the status will change to until further notice.
Mar 22, 2020 – Announcement of Connecting Family with Residents via Video Chat
In order to support our residents and their loved ones during this time, we are providing video chat services to help our long-term care residents connect with their family members. If you would like to talk to your loved ones through video chat, please complete the online registration form and we will get back to you with further information as soon as possible.
Mar 20, 2020 – Recorded hotline now available
A recorded hotline (in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese) is available at 416-940-4815 with the latest information about building access, service changes and the status of our pandemic response at Yee Hong.
Mar 17, 2020 – Yee Hong program and service cancellations due to COVID-19
Over the weekend, we made important changes to policies to restrict non-essential visitors from entering our long-term care homes, which we implemented as of 12am midnight March 14.
As a result, many services were cancelled for seniors living in the community. Here is the list of services/programs affected:
- Day programs and congregate dining programs at all homes (cancelled until April 5)
- All active senior programs, including Macrobian Club classes
- Private home care
- Transportation services
Mar 15, 2020 – Announcement of Cancellation of Services
In light of the recent Ontario Health directive, Yee Hong will be restricting entry to our long-term care homes as of midnight March 14th for all visitors. As a result, all of our day programs and congregate dining programs will be closed March 16 until April 5.
Mar 15, 2020 – Preparation for Pandemic
Yee Hong has been actively reviewing our pandemic plans and readiness for business continuation. Clinical and corporate leaders continue to meet frequently to review the latest clinical and governmental information and to coordinate any necessary changes to our actions. Our staff members and volunteers continue to be screened.
We have taken additional proactive measures such as cancelling large group activities and cancelling all of our active senior programs, adult day programs, congregate dining programs, transportation, private home care, and any other programming.
Mar 15, 2020 – Directive to restrict entry (Ontario Ministry of Health)
It is our priority to keep our residents safe. In light of the recent Ontario Health directive we will be restricting entry to our buildings as of midnight March 14th for all visitors to include hired sitters. We will disable passes to prevent entry.
This is a highly unusual time and we understand that preventing visits will make you feel some level of anxiety. Please trust that we have a shared interest in protecting our residents and our focus is on prevention and spread of the COVID-19.
Mar 13, 2020 – Yee Hong service changes due to global COVID-19 pandemic (News Release)
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, several changes to Yee Hong programs for seniors living in the community were announced today:
- Active Seniors Programs are suspended as of Saturday, March 14.
- Yee Hong Volunteer Recognition Day scheduled April 4 is postponed
- National Volunteer Week events in April will be rescheduled
Mar 11, 2020 – Active screening begins for COVID-19
On March 9, 2020, the Ontario government instructed all long-term care homes to begin active screening of all visitors, new admissions, re-admissions, and returning residents. Depending on recent travel history and health status, some people will not be allowed to enter our long-term care facilities. For people who do, hand hygiene is the best way to stop the spread of infection.