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Fenelon Court involved in outbreak; Pinecrest has ‘suspect outbreak’

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The local public health unit says that an outbreak has been declared at the Fenelon Court Long Term Care Home in Fenelon Falls — and there’s a “suspect outbreak” at Bobcaygeon’s Pinecrest Nursing Home.

An outbreak was declared at the Fenelon Court home today after one symptomatic resident tested positive for COVID-19.

This individual is being isolated and additional testing is being conducted on the residents and staff.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit says Pinecrest is currently in a suspect outbreak as of today, after a staff person with atypical COVID-19 symptoms tested positive for the virus.

A suspect outbreak is declared by the health unit so that additional precautions can be put in place to protect residents and staff while the health unit investigates fully to determine if the situation meets the criteria for declaring an outbreak.

Given the atypical nature of the staff person’s symptoms and the history of the facility, the health unit is working with Pinecrest to review precautions and conduct additional testing on staff and residents as determined in consultation with Public Health Ontario.

A COVID-19 outbreak was declared at Pinecrest on March 18 and was declared over on May 14 after 40 per cent of the residents had died.

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