HKPR District Health Unit – Update on Local COVID-19 Outbreaks

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The local public health unit today is providing an update on the COVID-19 outbreaks in its area.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is working with the following facilities currently in outbreak:

Fenelon Court Long Term Care Home – Fenelon Falls, Ontario This outbreak was declared on May 18 after one asymptomatic staff person tested positive for COVID-19.

Empire Crossing Retirement Home – Port Hope, Ontario This outbreak was declared on May 16 after one asymptomatic resident tested positive for COVID-19 during enhanced surveillance testing.

Kawartha Lakes Retirement Residence – Bobcaygeon, Ontario This outbreak was declared on May 12 after one staff person tested positive for COVID-19.

Maplewood Nursing Home – Brighton, Ontario This outbreak was declared on May 4 after one resident tested positive for COVID-19.

Caressant Care Mary – Lindsay, Ontario This outbreak was declared on May 4 after one resident tested positive for COVID-19.

 

HKPR District Health Unit Communications spokesperson Chandra Tremblay, the HKPR District Health Unit does not receive any information about the number of tests conducted.

The Health Unit does not do any of the actual testing. Testing is being done through other organizations, including hospital assessment centres, community health teams and some paramedic partnerships.

All of these swabs are sent to the provincial labs and then the Health Unit is only sent any of the confirmed positive test results so that our staff can begin case and contact management and medical surveillance with anyone who has received a positive test result. The Health Unit does not receive any information about the negative tests or the number of tests that have been completed.

The province does receive information from the labs about the number of tests conducted, and so they are able to provide a cumulative total of the number of tests conducted.

Pete Fisher
Author: Pete Fisher

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