First positive COVID-19 case confirmed in Peterborough nursing home

Resident of St. Joseph's at Fleming is in isolation, staff member with symptoms is self-isolating at home after being tested by paramedics

St. Joseph's at Fleming is a 200-bed long term care facility in Peterborough. (Photo: St. Joseph's at Fleming)
St. Joseph's at Fleming is a 200-bed long term care facility in Peterborough. (Photo: St. Joseph's at Fleming)

On Thursday (March 26), Peterborough Public Health reported the first positive case of COVID-19 in a local long-term care home.

A resident of St. Joseph’s at Fleming in Peterborough has tested positive for COVID-19. Two other residents of the 200-bed facility who have respiratory symptoms have tested negative, but all three residents are in isolation at the facility.

A staff member who also had symptoms was referred to community paramedics for in-home testing on Wednesday night (March 25). The staff member will remain in self-isolation at home.

Peterborough Public Health is investigating to determine if there is an epidemiological link to travel or to other known COVID-19 cases.

“We know St. Joseph’s at Fleming is taking the right measures to keep residents as safe as possible from the spread of this infection,” says Peterborough Medical Officer of Health Dr. Rosana Salvaterra. “Older adults are more at risk to severe illness caused by COVID-19 so this serves as a strong reminder that we all have a role to play in protecting our most vulnerable residents.”

Visitation to the facility has been restricted since Saturday, March 14th on the direction of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

“Our nurses will continue to support St. Joseph’s at Fleming in controlling this outbreak,” Dr. Salvaterra says. “We all need to do our part by staying home and not visiting anyone at this time, especially seniors or anyone who is immunocompromised.”


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