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Managing Long-Term Care Home (LTCH) COVID-19 VOC Outbreaks in the Post-Vaccine Era

This learning exchange, for public health units and infection prevention and control (IPAC) specialists, will focus on the experiences of Toronto Public Health (TPH) and Ottawa Public Health (OPH) in managing breakthrough COVID-19 variants of concern (VOC) outbreaks in long-term care homes (LTCHs). The session will describe emerging best practices in prevention, including IPAC measures to better prevent and/or manage outbreaks in LTCHs. In addition, the learning exchange will discuss the importance of vaccination uptake in managing outbreaks.  

By the end of this session, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe experiences/challenges/opportunities in managing breakthrough VOC outbreaks in LTCHs
  • Describe emerging best practices in prevention measures to better prevent and/or manage outbreaks in LTCHs 
  • Understand the importance of both IPAC measures and vaccination uptake in managing outbreaks 

Presenter(s): Dr. Elizabeth Rea, Dr. Ellen Snyder and Camille Achonu

Dr. Elizabeth Rea is an Associate Medical Officer of Health at TPH, and adjunct professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is the lead for the Tuberculosis Program at TPH, and during the COVID-19 pandemic has led outbreak response in long-term care and retirement homes . 

Dr. Ellen Snyder is a fifth year resident in the Public Health and Preventive Medicine program at the University of Ottawa. She is also a family physician with a particular interest in rural and remote medicine and inner city health. Her recent MSc in Epidemiology Research focused on health economics modeling of tuberculosis screening in Nunavut.  She is currently completing her senior communicable diseases residency rotation at OPH where she has had the pleasure of supporting the management of COVID-19 VOCs in schools, LTCHs, and in the community.  

Camille Achonu is an Epidemiologist Lead within the Research, Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement team at Public Health Ontario. She specializes in research and surveillance activities focused on healthcare associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial resistant organisms (ARO).    



The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.

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Updated 19 June 2021