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.
“This is an especially trying time for all of us who are part of the Pinecrest community and we are all affected by this loss,” Carr says in a statement to media.
Ongoing COVID-19 Testing
The administrator says they continue to prioritize the health and safety of residents and front-line staff “and are working with Public Health and the Ministry of Health to ensure the necessary steps are being taken to manage the outbreak.”
“Families have been informed of the status of their loved ones and we are working hard to provide comfort and care to residents who are ill. We have sent additional tests to public health this week and will continue to keep families updated as information becomes available.”
Home and Staffing Update
Carr says they have increased their staffing levels and are working to increase additional supports for their care team in the coming weeks.
“I want to thank our staff for their tireless efforts as they implement new processes and measures to help keep residents and the community safe.”
These measures include:
- The strict physical distancing of staff who work with our sick residents and those who work with ones who are well.
- Wearing full personal protective equipment at all times.
- Ensuring diligence in all areas of care and carrying out enhanced cleaning techniques.
“Our staff have been astounded by the support from our community. We are grateful for the kind words, acts of solidarity and even homemade food and gifts. This support means the world to us as we work to put residents and families first. Even one loss in our home leaves a lasting mark on our residents, their families, and our care team and these recent deaths have been felt by the whole community.”