All Hospice Peterborough staff test negative for COVID-19

Positive test result for resident now believed to have been false positive due to Ottawa lab error

Due to COVID-19, Hospice Peterborough made the decision in early March to restrict entry to its London Street location to essential resident visitors and staff only. Creative solutions like this one have allowed families to visit with residents while protecting the safety of both residents and staff. (Photo: Hospice Peterborough / Twitter)
Due to COVID-19, Hospice Peterborough made the decision in early March to restrict entry to its London Street location to essential resident visitors and staff only. Creative solutions like this one have allowed families to visit with residents while protecting the safety of both residents and staff. (Photo: Hospice Peterborough / Twitter)

All 20 staff members of Hospice Peterborough have tested negative for COVID-19, including the facility’s medical director Dr. John Beamish, according to a media release issued by the facility on Tuesday (May 5).

Last Tuesday (April 29), the palliative care facility revealed that a resident with cancer had tested positive with COVID-19.

The resident showed no symptoms of COVID-19 and the positive test result is now believed to have been one of the false positive results resulting from a technical error at Bio-Test Laboratories in Ottawa.

Advertisement - story continues below

 

 

Hospice Peterborough continues to accept new admissions to the palliative residence and will continue to screen residents, essential visitors, and staff to its London St. location.

In accordance with Hospice Peterborough’s COVID-19 outbreak management plan, the building has undergone deep cleaning and disinfecting.

To minimize the risk of community transmissions and for the safety of residents, their families, clients, volunteers, and staff, Hospice Peterborough made the decision in early March to restrict entry to its London Street location to essential resident visitors and staff only.

Comments