Outbreak at Pinecrest declared officially over by health unit

By Lindsay Advocate

The outbreak at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon has been declared officially over by the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

Mary Carr, the administrator of Pinecrest, announced the good news in a press release today.

“Earlier this morning, public health confirmed with our director of care that all residents have been free of symptoms for 14 or more days,” says Carr.

The beleaguered home experienced 79 cases of COVID-19 with 28 resident deaths — almost half the small home.

Despite today’s positive news, says Carr, “all ongoing infection control and prevention measures will remain in place to ensure the continued health and safety of our residents and staff.”

“The home will remain closed to non-essential visitors, and  meals will continue to be served to residents in their rooms. We’ll continue our daily screening procedures, and residents will be asked to remain in their rooms unless out for walks.”

Carr says the home continues to deep clean all resident areas in the building thanks to the support of Ross Memorial Hospital’s Environmental Services team. Staff to continue to wear full PPE during this process.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest challenge we have seen in our home,” says Carr. 

“I want to thank the Bobcaygeon community, our dedicated staff, residents’ families, and health system partners for their support. I’ve mentioned previously that we will get through the outbreak by standing together, and today, this has proven true.”

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