“Now we have no ongoing outbreaks,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical health officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), during his Monday (June 22) daily media teleconference.
The Plantagenet nursing was on the EOHU watch list again for COVID-19 after a staff member tested positive for the disease earlier in the month and went into immediate self-isolation.
The EOHU tested all the other staff and also all of the residents and then placed the nursing home on the standard 14-day monitoring protocol for any further COVID-19 cases. No other cases were reported during that period, which prompted the EOHU to declare outbreak situation ended.
Since a provincial health state of emergency was declared in spring in Ontario as part of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic there have been seven recorded outbreaks in long-term care and group care living facilities in the EOHU region.
Pinecrest is the only facilitiy that has experienced two outbreak situations and also the only one to date to have any deaths due to COVID-19 complications among its residents.