“We are extremely pleased and relieved with this great result,” stated Alexandre Gorman, PR Residence administrator, in an email release, “and grateful for the hard work of our employees, the attention paid to safety procedures, inside and outside the Residence, as well as to our infection control policies and procedures.”
The United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) owns and operates the seniors care home in Hawkesbury. All 160 staff and 139 residents present at the Residence were all tested for COVID-19 May 1 as part of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s focused schedule of assessments for the disease at all long-term care facilities, seniors retirement homes, and other group home and lodging facilities within its jurisdiction.
Some staff were not tested that day because they were either working from home or on sick leave. Results of the May 1 assessment came back negative for COVID-19.
“We have put several specific measures in place to achieve this result,” stated Gorman, “and I would like to acknowledge the excellent work of Paule Juillet, our director of nursing and the employee in charge of infection control, in order to mitigate the risks of any spread. Without her work, we certainly wouldn’t be in this position.”
Special measures taken at the PR Residence included creation of a new employee room and also a new dining room for residents to maintain social distancing guidelines, mandatory use of masks for staff, and a regular screening procedure for staff and residents.
COVID-19 test schedule
The EOHU set up a priority schedule to fast-track assessments at all 17 long-term care facilities within the Five Counties area and the City of Cornwall following the outbreak last month at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet. Since the push for assessment at seniors’ facilities began, the EOHU has now confirmed another outbreak at the Woodland Villa in Long Sault.
The regional health unit expects to have assessments done at all 17 sites by the end of the first week of May. The accelerated assessment schedule will then continue for dealing with all the retirement homes, group homes, and other communal lodging facilities within the region.