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.
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.
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.
One resident at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon died over night. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the home now stands at 27.
The Bobcaygeon and Area COVID-19 Relief Fund, created to support the urgent needs of the area patients, families and health care workers affected by the Coronavirus, has received more than $70,000 since announced just last week.
Three residents at Pinecrest Nursing Home passed away yesterday. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the Bobcaygeon long-term care home now stands at 26.
One resident at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon passed away yesterday. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the home now stands at 23.
At least 24 staff members at the facility have also tested positive for COVID-19, The Canadian Press reports.
Two additional residents at Pinecrest Nursing Home passed away yesterday, according to Mary Carr, the home’s administrator.
The total number of COVID-19 related deaths at Pinecrest now stands at 22.
Pinecrest Nursing Home is deeply saddened by the death of four residents yesterday. The families of the residents have been made aware and the loss leaves a lasting mark on our residents and our care team.
The health and safety of our residents and our front-line staff is our number one priority and we continue to take every step necessary to prevent further spread of the infection.
In the last week, we have implemented the following changes in our home:
- We have increased our staffing levels to ensure our residents get the high-quality care they need including more personal support workers and more house cleaning staff.
- We have brought in additional cleaning equipment and have enhanced our cleaning techniques.
- We have a steady supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for our front-line staff to ensure that all staff and residents are safe from further spread of the virus.
- We have partnered with Compass, a meal service company, who will provide three nutritious meals a day for all our residents. This will help to relieve pressures on our dietary staff to focus solely on our residents’ care.
- We have moved all residents who are ill to one section of the home to distance them from healthy residents and mitigate any potential spread of the virus.
- We continue to work closely with Public Health and the Ministry of Health to ensure all correct protocols are being followed and that all necessary steps are being taken to manage the current outbreak.
We are grateful for the immense support from the community as we work to put residents and their families first. We are actively connecting front-line staff and families to mental health supports through Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Lindsay and will continue to prioritize their health and well-being.
I particularly want to thank our front-line staff for working so hard in service of our residents. We could not do any of this without their dedication and diligence to our residents’ care.
For information on the number of cases in our home and in the community please contact Public Health. They are charged with releasing that information daily.
Mary Carr, administrator
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is confirming today there have been a total of nine COVID-19-related deaths at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon since an outbreak was declared at the facility on March 18.