HAWKESBURY — The Canadian Red Cross is on site and preparing to deploy its workforce by week’s end at Prescott and Russell Residence, where the COVID-19 caseload remains at 33 active infections — out of 48 individuals (31 residents and 17 staff) who have tested positive since the outbreak began with a single confirmed case earlier this month.
Fourteen of those 48 cases have since resolved — and are no longer considered active after a 10-day stretch. The active count was also reduced by one as the institution recorded a single COVID-19 death Oct. 17.
Under outbreak protocols, another round of testing of all residents and staff is being conducted this afternoon by paramedics at the nursing home operated by the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR). Those results are expected back in four to six days.
The protocols also include isolating the infected.
“As mentioned yesterday, the Canadian Red Cross is on site and will be finalizing their workforce deployment plan tomorrow morning,” adds the UCPR in a press release. “Their staff will be in place by the end of the week.”
The case count has gradually risen as earlier test results have rolled in. Six days ago, the UCPR was reporting 27 infected residents plus eight staff. By yesterday (Oct. 20), the municipal government was reporting the current number.
The UCPR attributes some of the increase in recent days to employees being tested individually outside the Residence.
In the meantime, the UCPR also assures the public that it is communicating by telephone with each resident’s contact person.