Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay launches mobile team to support long-term care homes

Team will assist with infection prevention and control education, staffing, and COVID-19 assessment and testing

Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay and Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services are working together to provide mobile testing for long-term care, retirement, and congregate living facilities in the City of Kawartha Lakes. (Photo courtesy of Ross Memorial Hospital)
Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay and Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services are working together to provide mobile testing for long-term care, retirement, and congregate living facilities in the City of Kawartha Lakes. (Photo courtesy of Ross Memorial Hospital)

Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay is launching a mobile COVID-19 team to support long-term care, retirement, and other congregate living facilities in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The team will assist with infection prevention and control (IPAC) education, staffing, and mobile COVID-19 assessment and testing.

The hospital has already piloted some mobile testing and IPAC education services and is working with the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit, Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services, and local long-term care facilities on next steps.

There are currently two COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities in Kawartha Lakes, one at Pinecrest Nursing Home and one at Case Manor Care Community. Both homes are located in Bobcaygeon.
The outbreak at Pinecrest, which was declared on March 20th, resulted in the deaths of 28 residents.

The outbreak at Case Manor was declared on April 26th after four residents and four staff tested positive for COVID-19.

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Another outbreak was declared at the hospital itself on April 17th, after a patient hospitalized for an unrelated health issue in the Continuing Care Program (CCP1) unit tested positive for COVID-19.

On April 20th, two hospital workers on the unit tested positive for COVID-19, but it has since been determined through contact tracing that one of the infections was unrelated to the hospital. Both workers are self-isolating and will require negative testing before returning to work.

If you are interested in supporting Ross Memorial Hospital’s COVID-19 response:

  • Donate to the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation by visiting foundation.rmh.org or by calling 705-328-6146
  • Donate non-medical homemade masks for hospital visitors and patients leaving the hospital
  • Donate personal protective equipment (PPE) including unopened or unused surgical masks, N95 respirator masks, gloves, and waterproof gowns. To arrange a donation, contact Marc Sorensen at msorensen@rmh.org or 705-324-6111 ext. 8952.

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