So far, no further positive tests at Dundas Manor in Winchester

Dundas Manor in Winchester, on May 1, 2020.

WINCHESTER — So far, follow-up testing of Dundas Manor residents and staff members has found no further evidence of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Blanket testing of everyone at the Clarence Street nursing home took place this week after an asymptomatic staff member tested positive six days ago.

“Dundas Manor has received test results for 84 of our 85 residents and 117 of our 118 staff members. All of these tests are negative. We are still awaiting the final two results but we have no reason to suspect they will be positive,” the Manor reported in a Facebook post yesterday.

The virus has proven most deadly in nursing home environments and is consequently treated with the utmost seriousness in that sector; even a single positive test is registered as an “outbreak.” Residents of Ontario’s long-term care homes account for over 65 percent of the province’s COVID-19 deaths (1,845 out of 2,811 deaths, according to the province’s COVID-19 website).

The single individual found to be infected last week is in self-isolation. Management suspended all indoor, outdoor and window visits at the Winchester property in response to that infection — measures that remain in place because of the Manor’s outbreak status.

Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis on Thursday evening foreshadowed the news of no further contagion at the Manor beyond the one case. “So far, no residents have shown any signs [of COVID-19], and we’ve got most of the tests back, and they’re negative. we’re just waiting for a few more,” the doctor said.

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis acknowledges that no residents of Dundas Manor are showing signs of the sickness, at -20:30 in his Sept. 3 media briefing below.

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