WINCHESTER — Testing of Dundas Manor residents and staff appears have all returned negative for the novel coronavirus.
Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis suggested as much during his May 5 daily media briefing, and it’s been confirmed as of late afternoon on May 6.
“So far, all that have come in are negative,” said the doctor, adding he “suspected” those results accounted for all of the tests conducted at the Winchester nursing home last Friday — though he still needed to confirm it with his officials.
Dundas Manor itself has since confirmed the good news — no residents or staff have tested positive.
“These results are a wonderful confirmation of how effective everyone’s planning and efforts have been over the past two months and I want to thank the Dundas Manor team,” said Cholly Boland, CEO. “The results only reflect our testing status as of last Friday. We will continue our vigilance and if residents and staff display any symptoms of illness, they will be tested.”
“The health and safety of our residents and staff are our number one priority and we will continue to take every precaution to keep them safe,” added Administrator Susan Poirier.
The local institution was one of eight nursing homes in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit coverage area to undergo blanket testing of all residents and staff up to the end of last week.
A number of people have tested positive at two of those homes, including fewer than five residents of Woodland Villa in Long Sault and a larger outbreak involving 13 residents and four staff continues at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Platagenet. That home saw the area’s first COVID-19 infections among long-term care residents as well as the first two COVID-19 deaths earlier this week. “They are stable so far, and I’m quite worried because … once it gets into these homes, it is quite dangerous,” the doctor said of those diagnosed with the illness at Pinecrest.
The balance of the area’s nursing homes are set to be tested this week, including Maxville Manor, Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge, St. Joseph Villa, Chartwell Lancaster Long-Term Care, the Palace Long-Term Care in Alexandria, Sandfield Place in Cornwall and St. Viateur Nursing Home in Limoges.
The total number of COVID-19 case in the EOHU region now stands at 103, including two new community infections identified in Prescott and Russell yesterday. To date, the EOHU has conducted 2,583 tests for COVID-19.
This article has been updated with the official confirmation that all tests have come back negative from Dundas Manor.