Public Health has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Inasmuch House, our violence against women shelter, currently consisting of one positive case.
Last week, one of our Inasmuch House staff advised they had come in close proximity to a positive case of COVID-19; testing for this individual was arranged. We were advised on October 17 that this person’s COVID-19 swab results were POSITIVE. Shelter Health is in contact with this individual; they are recovering at home and they will not return to work until approved by Public Health to do so. This individual had worked one shift at the shelter in the last two weeks.
As a precaution, staff who had come into contact with that individual were tested and all received NEGATIVE results. We continue to monitor the health of clients and staff, and have sanitized the shelter thoroughly. Inasmuch House remains open to women and children experiencing abuse or homelessness.
Public Health and the Shelter Health Network have visited the shelter throughout the pandemic and have indicated that we are following all of their recommendations and guidelines regarding safe practices and protocols. In addition to regular cleaning and access to PPE for all staff and residents, women and their children are able to remain physically distanced from other families. We have not returned to congregate dining and families do not physically interact with other families in congregate spaces.
It is our hope that these practices will prevent a wider spread than the one individual. Thank you to the Shelter Health Network for their swift and compassionate care in keeping our clients and staff as safe as possible.
The dedicated staff at Inasmuch House remain committed to serving women and children fleeing abuse while practicing health and safety recommendations during the pandemic.
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