Screening of residents and employees of the Prescott and Russell Residence

HAWKESBURY — The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR), in conjunction with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, will proceed tomorrow with the screening of all residents and employees of the Prescott and Russell Residence.

The Prescott and Russell Residence has been selected to have all its staff members and residents tested for COVID-19. This as part of the Province of Ontario’s directive for all long-term care homes within the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region. These mandatory tests will take place this Friday, May 1, including the use of a drive-through system for employees who are not scheduled to work.

This testing comes as a result of the Province of Ontario’s directive on April 21 to initiate proactive surveillance testing in all residences, including asymptomatic individuals, to understand the current status of COVID-19. In accordance with this directive, the Prescott and Russell Emergency Services began the active screening of several long-term care homes, with the assistance of their Community Paramedic program.

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