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.
Following the province’s introduction of expanded testing guidelines, the RMH COVID-19 Assessment Centre has seen a significant increase in testing numbers.
To date, RMH, in partnership with Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service, has provided 2,176 assessments, and 1,019 tests.
The Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued expanded guidance on Ontario’s testing strategy to provide COVID-19 testing for:
- All people with at least one symptom of COVID-19, even if mild symptoms
- Asymptomatic people have been exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
- Asymptomatic people who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment
The COVID-19 Assessment Centre phone lines are open from 8a.m.-4p.m. daily.
An outbreak designation has been lifted at Adelaide Place Retirement Community in Lindsay, due to lab error testing, while an outbreak has begun at Caressant Care, also in Lindsay.
The outbreak was declared at Adelaide Place May 1 when an asymptomatic resident had been tested as part of the routine practice for new residents and that test came back as positive for COVID-19. The same day the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit declared the outbreak, it was notified that a lab error may have resulted in the false-positive test result for the one individual at Adelaide Place.
The resident was re-swabbed and today the results were returned showing the person did not have COVID-19.
Two Ross Memorial Hospital staff members who were in close contact with a patient who recently tested positive for COVID-19 have now also tested positive for the virus.
Tests are being completed for all staff and physicians who work on the unit, and any other staff member who was in close contact with the patient.
On March 20, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit announced that three residents of the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon had tested positive for COVID-19.
The tests came after the Health Unit declared a respiratory outbreak at the facility on March 18 and tests were done on three symptomatic residents. As of the information available on March 26, there have been 14 staff members confirmed as COVID-19 positive, and four who have had negative results. Test results are still expected for 16 staff.
While no additional residents were tested, 35 others did develop symptoms and two of those residents have
died – one on Tuesday night and the other on Wednesday.
Q. How many staff have been tested? How many confirmed?
Beginning March 20, the day we were advised that COVID-19 was confirmed in three residents in the Pinecrest Nursing Home, symptomatic staff were already off work and were advised to be tested and to self-isolate. To date, we have received test results for 18 symptomatic staff. All other results are pending.
During this challenging time, our team’s primary focus is on COVID-19 preparation. We have seen a significant increase in the need for assessment and testing over the last few weeks, and have been working hard to meet that need.
The local health unit is reporting the first death in Kawartha Lakes related to COVID-19.
The individual, a man in his 80s, was admitted to Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) on March 19 after presenting with a high fever and influenza-like illness. Tests were conducted and late on March 21 it was confirmed the man tested positive for COVID-19.
The local Medical Officer of Health today announced three residents of a long-term care home in the City of Kawartha Lakes have been confirmed as having COVID-19.