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Updates on the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19


A Message from the CEO

Dear Residents, Family Members and Staff:

As you are aware, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (along with the entire Province of Ontario) is currently under a provincewide shutdown, with community spread and variants of concern being present. General visitors continue to be restricted.


Essential Caregivers will be allowed access to the Home, based upon the March 15th 2021 Ministry Directives, issued relative to the utilization of the Rapid Antigen Testing, as the means for Home Surveillance Testing and Access to the Home. The vast majority of staff are now being tested 3 times per week. Rapid Antigen Tests are available on site and will be required the day of, or if visiting more frequently, up to 3 times per week. Antigen Tests 3 times per week preferably on non-consecutive days. If you are visiting 2 or less days per week, a Rapid Antigen test is only required on the first day as the results are valid for 2 consecutive days. You must wait 15-20 minutes for your test results before entry to Resident areas. We are no longer accepting PCR tests, as the full implementation of Rapid Antigen Testing is now in effect. 


Dr. Charles Gardner, Chief Medical Officer of Health, expanded the order to include enhanced screening questions for household members of staff and essential visitors. Should any household member show signs of Covid-19 they must be tested at an assessment center and the staff member or essential visitor will be restricted from entry until they provide proof of a Covid-19 negative test for that household member. 


Virtual Visits remain the safest option and can be booked by appointment at


Essential Visitors / Caregivers are designated and approved by contacting


Essential Caregivers we remind you of the requirement to abide by all Public Health requirements, and review PPE and IPAC measures along with the essential visitor & caregiver guidelines listed below.


ALL GENERAL VISITS, both indoor and outdoor, are suspended under the GREY (Lockdown) Zone. Additionally, all short stay and temporary absences have been suspended. The only absence permitted is for medical reasons.


Quick Reminders:

  • One (1) essential visitor may visit at a time
  • Rapid antigen testing will be done at the home on the day of your visit. You will be directed to the swabbing area when you arrive at the home and you must wait for 15 minutes while we process the test results. Once the result is read and you are negative, you will be directed to the home area to visit with your loved one. If the test is positive, you will be directed to leave the home and go to an assessment center for a PCR swab.
  • When a Rapid Antigen Test is required please note that the visiting times and availability to be tested is 9:30 am to 1:00pm and from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.
  • If a home area is in outbreak, or the Resident is self-isolating or symptomatic, the local public health unit will give directions regarding any essential visits. 


We are emphasizing with all staff and essential visitors the continued importance of wearing your PPE, physical distancing and routine testing while limiting your activities to only those that are considered essential.
The health and safety of our Residents, and the team members who serve them, is our highest priority.

Garry C. Hopkins, CEO


Important Links: 

Government of Ontario Website


Please review the following before your next visit:


Vaccines for Designated Caregivers: 

COVID-19 Update to Caregivers
COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sheet
Getting Ready for your COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form 



Please contact to arrange your visit.  

Your 3 Options for Visiting at the HOME are as follows:
Option 1 – Safe Virtual Visits – No Risk
SUSPENDED - Option 2 – Safe Partitioned Patio Visits – Low Risk to Resident – Please read our guidelines. - No COVID test required.
SUSPENDED - Option 3 – Outdoor Visiting - Heightened Risk (Maximum 2 visitors at one time - No COVID test required) 

SUSPENDED - Option 4 - Indoor Visit - High Risk (Must have a current negative COVID-19 Test)




Update to Families and Staff - February 22nd 2021


Essential Visitor and Caregiver Guidelines at the Odd Fellow & Rebekah Home 


Retrieving Your COVID-19 Test Results 


Visiting Summary at the Odd Fellow & Rebekah Home


Visiting Guidelines for the Odd Fellow & Rebekah Home


Short Stay & Temporary Absence Guidelines 


Short Stay & Temporary Absence Request FORM 

(Please note that request forms are reviewed, processed, and approved Monday to Friday,

9 am to 5pm) 


Essential Visitor & Caregiver Designation FORM

(Please note that designation forms are reviewed, processed, and approved Monday to Friday,

9 am to 5pm) 


Long Term Care Visitors Brochure


Ontario Health Poster 


Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care FAQ's Absences 



Please contact to arrange your visit. 

Your 3 options for visiting Heritage Place are as follows: 

Option 1 – Safe Virtual Visits – No Risk
Option 2 – Outdoor Patio Visits – Moderate Risk
Option 3 – Indoor Visiting (two visitors only) – Heightened Risk


Visiting Guidelines for Heritage Place


Heritage Place Visitors Brochure




We are offering virtual visits and encouraging email communications with your loved ones.
For e-mail communication send an e-mail to: and our support staff will print and deliver your message to your loved one.

Facetime and Skype can be arranged by contacting


Please note that there are dedicated days and times. Send us an email to book an appointment for a 10-15 minute virtual visit. 
We look forward to connecting you with your loved one. 


Having difficulties getting set up on a virtual visiting app? Visit the link below for some help: 



Please note that we are sharing important updates with our Resident and Family Council. For the most up to date COVID-19 Resident & Family Communications please visit the following links: