The Maxfield Park Children’s Home located in Kingston has reported that 12 caregivers have tested positive for COVID-19. The home currently has 92 children and 80 caregivers.
Following visits to the facility by the Public Health team of the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) during December 13-30, 2020, 74 caregivers and 92 children were tested. No child has tested positive. Arrangements have been made for the remaining caregivers to be tested.
All caregivers who tested positive were asymptomatic and have since been sent home to self-isolate.
The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) which monitors the Maxfield Park Children’s Home, has been in dialogue with its Board and management as well as the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.
The home has been adhering to COVID protocols to include: temperature checks conducted three times daily, identification of isolation space, sanitization stations placed at strategic points and the mandatory wearing of masks.
Going forward, the MOHW in partnership with the CPFSA will take the following steps to protect the children:
– Contact tracing in keeping with the MOHW protocol
– Conduct information sharing session with staff to reiterate infection and control measures to be employed
– Re-sensitization of staff on maintaining a COVID–free environment
All exposed areas that were utilized by the staff members who are positive were sealed off as deep cleaning and sanitizing is currently being undertaken at the home.
The CPFSA continues to work with the MOHW to follow all necessary protocols and procedures across all children’s homes.