COVID-19 leaves over a third of residents in Bobcaygeon, Ont. dead long-term care home

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TORONTO –
COVID-19 death report at a long-term care home in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. soared to 26 with administrators confirming three more deaths on Monday afternoon.

More than a third of residents at Pinecrest Nursing Home, a 65-bed facility, have died from the new coronavirus epidemic.

“I would like to thank our front line staff for their continued dedication to our residents while they themselves are dealing with these deaths,” said facility administrator Mary Carr in a press release. . “It is not an easy time for us, but we are committed to putting the care and comfort of our residents first.”

The outbreak, which the local health unit calls the largest COVID-19 outbreak in the province, was declared at the facility on March 18. The virus also claimed the lives of Jean Pollock, the wife of an infected resident who visited him daily, but did not live in the facility.

“We continue to work with public health authorities and the ministry of health to carefully monitor the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure that all necessary steps and protocols have been implemented,” said Carr.

At least 24 Pinecrest staff have also tested positive for the virus as of March 30. In a statement released a few days earlier, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit said that asymptomatic personnel were wearing appropriate protective equipment to protect the two. themselves and residents of the virus.

“But given the incubation period of the virus, many employees and residents were probably already infected. “

Pinecrest has been closed to visitors since March 14, except for compassionate care visits, according to the Ministry of Health’s management.

Seniors’ residences and long-term care homes across the province continue to experience the devastating effects of COVID-19. As of Monday, Ontario public health officials say there are 46 outbreaks in these facilities, with 56 confirmed deaths.

This is a developing story. More soon.

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