The Prescott and Russell Residence COVID-19 outbreak was declared over on Monday, December 21.
The Prescott and Russell Residence COVID-19 outbreak was declared over on Monday, December 21.

Prescott and Russell Residence COVID outbreak ends

Stephen Jeffery
EAP
The COVID-19 outbreak at the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury is officially over.

The Hawkesbury long term care home was the site of the deadliest outbreak in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). From the official declaration of the outbreak on October 9 to its end on December 21, more than 170 cases were detected.

Fifteen resident deaths were attributed to the virus, almost half the total death total for the entire EOHU. In total, 109 residents and 68 staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during the two-month outbreak. Red Cross, Prescott-Russell paramedics and other external agencies were brought in to assist with staffing shortages at the municipal facility.

In a statement, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell announced the end of the outbreak. “We wish to sincerely thank the employees, the residents, and their families, for their support and assistance throughout this situation,” the statement said.