Three residents of Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon test positive for COVID-19

Two men and one woman are in isolation at the long-term care home

A medical professional holding a vial marked "Coronavirus Test" with "Positive" checked to indicate a positive COVID-19 test. (Stock photo)

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit has announced three residents of Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon have been confirmed as having COVID-19.

The confirmed cases are a 61-year-old man, an 89-year-old man, and a 94-year-old woman. All three residents are in isolation at the facility.

These are the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a nursing home in the area served by the HKPR District Health Unit.

“We know our older residents are more vulnerable to this virus,” says Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, medical officer of health for the HKPR District Health Unit. “Because of the age and medical condition of their residents, long-term care homes in our area will often see a variety of illness throughout the winter months.”

“Health unit staff have been working with the staff of the home for some time now to ensure infection prevention and control measures are in place.”

Pinecrest administrator Mary Carr says the facility has been conducting active screening of visitors since Thursday, March 12th and that visitation to the facility has been restricted since Saturday, March 14th, based on the direction of Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.

“We are focused on providing our residents with the best care possible during this difficult time,” Carr says. “Our staff are going above and beyond to ensure our residents are receiving the care they require. We are grateful for their commitment and for the support and assistance we are receiving from public health, our community partners, and our family members.”

With the confirmation of these cases of COVID-19 in the facility, Carr says residents have all been isolated into separate areas, meals are being served on trays, and staff have been using personal protective equipment (PPE) in their care of all residents.

The home, which houses 65 residents, had seen some illness in residents in the past week and a respiratory outbreak was declared on Wednesday, March 18th.

Tests were done on the three residents and their test results were positive for COVID-19.

“With cases now in a nursing home in our area, it’s more important than ever that we all do our part to prevent the further spread of this virus,” Dr. Noseworthy says.

“We need to work together to protect our older and vulnerable family, friends, and neighbours and this means doing our part by washing our hands, practising cough and sneeze etiquette, staying home when we are ill, and not visiting medically fragile people during this time.”

There are now nine positive cases of COVID-19 in the area served by the HKPR District Health Unit and three positive cases in the area served by Peterborough Public Health.