The City of Greater Sudbury has confirmed that a Pioneer Manor resident tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in the outbreak of a long-term care home.
Health ministry officials are demanding that an outbreak of COVID-19 be reported with a single laboratory confirmed case in a resident or staff member.
“It is precisely for this reason that we proactively tested all residents and staff of Pioneer Manor to determine if we had asymptomatic residents or staff in our facility, and if they were found, to stop the spread, “said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger in a statement. Press release.
“Although worrying, after all the precautions and controls that staff have put in place to prevent the spread of the virus, identifying and isolating asymptomatic people is the best way to protect our residents and staff throughout of this crisis. But let us also take this example to emphasize that we must all remain vigilant and strong. As cases decline in Ontario, we can neither rest nor relax.
“The most vulnerable members of our community are those who live in facilities like Pioneer Manor. We owe it to them and their families to stay at home, to stay within six feet of each other when they are outside, and to do everything we can to smooth this curve. Lives are at stake, keep that in mind when making choices in the days to come. ”
In this case, a 70-year-old man tested positive on April 26 and is being actively followed up with Sudbury and Districts Public Health. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin to 51.
“The resident is no longer experiencing symptoms and is doing well,” said Aaron Archibald, director of long-term care services at Pioneer Manor.
“He is isolated in a private room. All other residents of this area have been placed in segregation and the personnel caring for them do not perform work outside this area, as far as possible. Pioneer Manor continues to work closely with Public Health Sudbury and districts to ensure the safety of residents and staff.
“The risk of home infection remains low. The 423 residents and 432 house workers were tested. This is the only positive test result to date, and many negative results have already been received for residents in the same area of the house. We will continue to strengthen precautions and I am confident in the expertise and experience of the Pioneer Manor staff to manage this situation safely. “
“This case marks the second long-term care home outbreak related to COVID-19 in the Sudbury and districts public health service area,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, chief medical officer of health for Sudbury and districts public health. “At the moment, there are no cases among the staff of the Pioneer Manor.
“With the declaration of an epidemic, additional control measures are put in place and supervised by an epidemic control team. This is in addition to the already stringent COVID-19 protective measures in place, as required by provincial ordinances and directives. “