Pinecrest hopeful it has turned a corner while Kawartha Lakes numbers hold steady

By Roderick Benns

Bobcaygeon’s beleaguered Pinecrest Nursing Home has gotten a break this week, as administrator Mary Carr reports once again there have been no recent deaths due to COVID-19.

“We continue to believe that we have turned a corner and that many of our residents who had previously been ill or tested positive for COVID are now doing much better,” says Carr in a media release.

While Pinecrest remains hopeful that there are better days ahead, Kawartha Lakes as a whole is also holding steady with its infection rate numbers. There were 109 cases announced just more than a week ago and today that number remains the same, according to a recent report published by the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

A full 79 of Kawartha Lakes’ cases are from the outbreak at Pinecrest, while there have been 30 community cases.

The Advocate asked Chandra Tremblay, the local health unit’s spokesperson, if these numbers could be broken down by communities within Kawartha Lakes.

“The health unit will only report on the county in which a person confirmed to have COVID-19 resides. We have many small communities in our area and we want to protect the privacy of individuals,” says Tremblay.

Tremblay says since the health unit is seeing community transmission of COVID-19 now, “rather than just travel-related cases we all need to assume the virus is circulating in our community.”

“This means it is even more important that people follow all of the public health measures designed to help stop the spread of the virus,” she says, such as staying home, physical distancing, washing hands, and using good cough and sneeze etiquette.

At Pinecrest, Carr says that today, following protocols from public health, “we will take some residents for walks.”

“This is positive news after a very challenging time. We’re not out of the woods yet, but these are very encouraging signs.”


  1. Tom Mohr says:

    Thanks for passing along some positive-ish news, Roderick. We could all use some.

  2. Avatar photo Roderick Benns says:

    Tom, that’s so true! We are grateful to see it come in. Let’s hope for more of the same in the days ahead.

  3. John Alton says:

    Great news and great reporting. No new cases is very positive. Nice to get positive news. I wish, however, that the Health Unit would be more detailed in their reporting. If they say there is one case in Ward 1 or Ward 4 it is hard to see how that impacts personal privacy as these are still large areas. We obviously have to be careful but full transparency should be paramount. Durham Region have one of the best disclosure sites as they break it down by municipality.
    If you know there is a case in your Ward it reduces your sense of invincibility and makes you a little more careful. Otherwise with about 30 cases in the whole city, not related to Pinecrest, you are liable to assume that the probability of me running into someone with the bug is almost like winning the lottery in reverse and not take appropriate precautions. It seems that the biggest problem is the people that don’t know they have the virus and carry on as normal. That is likely what started the problem at Pinecrest. You have to assume everyone is a suspect.

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