Case count rises to six at Prescott and Russell Residence

Above, Prescott and Russell paramedics sample a person at Prescott and Russell Residence last May. The institution had stayed free of the COVID-19 virus until Oct. 9, when a first case turned up. There are now six. Courtesy photo

HAWKESBURY — The positive COVID-19 case count at the Prescott and Russell Residence has risen to six, with not all test results yet received, says the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR), operator of the facility.

It was just this past Friday that the nursing home recorded its first case of the virus, putting the place into official “outbreak” status, a development described as a “serious but not unanticipated turn of events.”

In response to the increased number of cases today, the UCPR reported the Residence continues to await the outcome of tests taken Friday “as the laboratory responsible for testing has been closed for the last two days.” Further updates will follow as information becomes available, assures the UCPR.

The initial person who tested positive Oct. 9 “is self-isolating and receiving any necessary treatment, and the Residence is carefully monitoring other residents and staff members for any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection,” the UCPR reported Friday.

“Staff are taking every step to protect residents and staff from the effects of the disease and from further spread of infection, including the deployment of community paramedics.”

Both residents and staff members that might have been exposed, but who exhibit no symptoms, are self-isolating. The UCPR also says the residence has plans in place to adapt to the absence of the staff members who are in isolation.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is tracking contacts to contain “any further propagation” of the virus at the Residence. “The health care system is working and the safety and comfort of our residents and staff remains our top priority,” says the UCPR.

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