Golden Dawn Senior Citizen Home

COVID-19 Updates

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we are doing everything we can to keep our residents and staff healthy and safe. Find the most up-to-date information on this page.

As of December 26, 2020, due to the province wide lock down, all staff and essential caregivers/essential workers must be swabbed once a week/every 7 days. Proof of swab results is required. In addition, general visitors (indoor and outdoor visits) will not be allowed.  Essential caregivers and essential workers and those visiting very ill or palliative residents will still be allowed to visit.  Please call the home for any clarification or email Vicki Caudle.  Also residents are not permitted to go out on LOAs overnight or for the day.


Family visits must be prearranged. Please contact Vicki Caudle for more information or clarification on the update above.

Mental health resources during COVID-19

There are a number of excellent online services that can help with mental health questions and concerns. These include Wellness Together Canada,, and Please reach out if you need support.


Golden Dawn staff will continue to help you stay in touch with your loved ones as best as we can. 

To arrange a call, FaceTime video chat or palliative visit, please call Vicki at 519-793-3433 or email Mon, Wed and Fri between 8-2, Tues and Thurs 8-3.

Window visits will not be permitted.  Scheduled visits only please.


To help keep families connected at this difficult time, we are posting photos of our residents on Facebook. Follow us to see what your loved ones are up to!

We will continue to do our best to provide you with reliable information as quickly as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about your loved one, please email or contact the home at 519-793-3433.


January 15, 2021 - Media Release from Grey Bruce Public Health Unit - Vaccinations in Grey and Bruce

January 13, 2021 - Vaccination Form for POAs

December 7, 2020 - Outbreak at Golden Dawn Senior Citizen Home Declared Over

December 1, 2020 - Staff and resident results are negative.

November 28, 2020 - We have received test results back for the nasopharygneal swabs taken from all residents and all the results are negative.  We are still waiting results on staff nasopharygneal swabs and will update everyone once this is known.  Golden Dawn continues to follow Public Health Guidelines and recommendations and appropriate infection prevention and control measures.

November 27, 2020 - Public Health News Release regarding COVID positive staff

November 26, 2020 - COVID Positive - Update

November 25, 2020 - COVID-19 Heightened Monitoring- Preliminary Positive Team Member

October 30, 2020 - All staff and residents have received two treatments for scabies.  Our last treatment was on October 29, 2020.  If after 10 days of this last treatment no more incidents or new evidence of scabies occurs we will declare the scabies outbreak as over.  As well,  according to the CDC guidelines we will continue surveillance for 6-12 weeks after the last treatment.

October 16, 2020 - One resident has been identified as positive for scabies.  As other residents and staff has symptoms which are compatible with scabies, we are planning on treating all residents and staff next week (mid-week).  We strongly encourage all visitors to consider self treatment.

October 10, 2020 - An Autumn Message

October 6, 2020 - Infection Prevention & Control Resource from Public Health

October 2, 2020 - Press Release from Grey Bruce Health Unit: Adhere to COVID-19 Orders and Guidelines

October 1, 2020 - Press Release from Grey Bruce Public Health Unit: Addressing COVID-19 Assessment Centre Capacity

September 21, 2020 - New POA survey.  Please review if you are a POA.

July 15 - A New Communication Tool to Support Families in LTC

Have you ever wished your long-term care (LTC) team could better understand what you, or your family member, wanted or needed?  Introducing the Huddle Tool; five simple questions to share any experience, situation, or need with your LTC team when you can’t meet in person.

June 23, 2020 - COVID-19 Testing for Families and Caregivers of Golden Dawn residents

June 19, 2020 - Golden Dawn will need to revise the policy for visiting residents.  You are still required to be tested/swabbed, however it is our understanding that results are sometimes only obtained over the phone, sometimes the paper copies are delayed, or some struggle at getting results on line; because of this there is the option for you to choose to show your results to the staff OR if you do not have any proof but have been informed verbally you will be asked to sign a form to attest that you have tested negative for COVID-19 within the previous 2 weeks and subsequently not tested positive for COVID-19.

June 12, 2020 - Key Messages for Family Visits

June 11, 2020 - Visiting Your Loved One in the Time of COVID-19

June 2, 2020 - COVID-19 Recovery Phase Update - Public Health

May 26, 2020 - Media Release - Public Health - COVID-19 False Positives in Mass Testing – What do they mean?

May 21, 2020 - Media Release - Outbreak declared over, our success depends on you

May 16, 2020 - Outbreak declared over after two additional tests both returned negative. We continue to follow public health guidelines.  

May 15, 2020 - Today and everyday, we thank our staff, for their endless hard work and dedication in providing the best possible care for our residents! This past week, we showed our appreciation through pizza days, donuts and draws for small gifts, but of course, this will never be enough to express our appreciation for all that they do! We applaud and recognize each and every one of our staff for not letting the difficult circumstances of COVID-19 stand in the way of providing exceptional care. Thank you! 

May 12, 2020 - All 104 swabs returned, one positive result (resident), outbreak measures remain in place

May 9, 2020 - As a result of our universal swabbing this past Tuesday, we have had a positive result. This means we will be placed into COVID-19 outbreak. We  will continue to follow all directives  and implement protocols as per Grey Bruce Health Unit and COVID-19 Outbreak Guidance for Long Term Care Homes

May 8, 2020 - Mother's Day & Testing Complete 

May 1, 2020 - As part of province-wide testing, Public Health will be swabbing staff & residents next Tues. May 5, from 1 pm to 6 pm. 

April 30, 2020 - Updated COVID-19 Precautions & Communications for Staff & Families 

April 27, 2020 - Changes to Management Team 

April 19, 2020 - 2nd suspect case test results negative, so no longer in suspect outbreak & resume earlier screening & measure

April 17, 2020 - 1st test results negative, 2nd suspect case, suspect case measures still in effect

April 13, 2020 - Suspect case, precautionary measures in effect 

April 1, 2020 - Letter to Family & Loved Ones from Barb Sterling, Administrator

March 25, 2020 - Letter to Residents & Family from the Medical Team 


November 9, 2020 - Province Launching Recruitment Program to Support Long Term Care Sector.  New Resident Support Aides will assist residents with daily living activities.

August 28, 2020 - Golden Dawn is excited to inform you that we received a MEMORANDUM August 28, 2020 from the Ministry of Long Term Care in regards to Resident Absences.  Directive#3 has been updated and effective August 28, 2020 residents may leave the home's property for a short stay or temporary absence.  Short stay absences are for health care-related, social or other reasons and do not include an overnight stay, with the exception of single-night emergency room visits.  Temporary absences are for personal reasons and for one or more nights.  Homes must review and approve all temporary absences based on a case-by-case risk assessment as outlined in Directive #3.  Please see the attached FAQ for further clarity.  The home would appreciate a call prior to take a resident out so that we are prepared in regards to medications, or other care need

FAQs: Resident Absences under COVID-19 Directive #3 for Long-Term Care Homes

August 5, 2020 - This new made-in-Ontario mobile privacy-first app, a joint initiative of the Governments of Ontario and Canada, lets you know quickly if you may have been exposed to COVID-19. You can then get tested, sooner, to help protect yourself and those around you.  Click here for more information.

July 15, 2020 - The Ministry of Long-Term Care released an updated visiting policy for long-term care homes across the province. The following are key highlights:

Change in requirements for outdoor visits

> Effective immediately, COVID-19 testing for outdoor visitors will no longer be required. Visitors will, however, have to still pass an active screening questionnaire administered by home staff.

> Visitors are required to use a face covering if the visit is outdoors and are responsible for bringing their own face covering for outside visits. However, the home is responsible for supplying masks to outdoor visitors who do not have a face covering.

> Outdoor visits will now be allowed for two people to visit a resident at the same time.

Opening of indoor visits and requirements

> As of July 22, indoor visits to long-term care homes will be broadly permitted.

> For indoor visits, visitors are required to verbally attest to home staff that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within the previous two weeks and have not subsequently tested positive. The home is not responsible for providing the testing.

> Indoor visits will also allow for two people to visit a resident at the same time.

> The home is responsible for supplying surgical/procedure masks to indoor visitors. Homes should avoid accessing the provincial pandemic stockpile for this purpose.

June 30, 2020 - Report from OLTCC

June 11, 2020 - Ontario to Resume Family Visits in Long-Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes, and Other Residential Care Settings

June 5, 2020 - The Ministry of Long Term Care and Ontario Health recommends that all Long-Term Care home staff be tested at least twice in June. The intent is that all staff, in all homes, are tested to help protect the health of residents and staff while preventing the spread of infection. Golden Dawn will be recommending all staff be tested next week and the last week of June. Residents are not included in the above recommendation however we will continue to swab residents as per the Ministry directives and testing guidelines.

May 12, 2020 - Letter to Residents & Families from Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton

April 29, 2020 - Q & As for Residents, Family & Staff

April 15, 2020 - Ontario's COVID-19 action plan for long-term care homes

April 9, 2020 - Open Letter to Those With a Family Member in Long-Term Care from AdvantAge Ontario

April 3, 2020 - Letter to Residents from Merrilee Fullterton, Ontario Minister of Long-Term Care 

March 19, 2020 - COVID-19 Guidance for Long-Term Care Homes

Ontario Family Support & Action Line:  1-866-434-0144

During the COVID-19 pandemic, long-term care families, staff, residents and the general public can call this number for questions or concerns, 7 days a week.

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