The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR), in conjunction with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, will proceed today with the screening of all residents and employees of the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury.

The Prescott and Russell Residence has been randomly selected to have all its staff members and residents tested for COVID-19. These mandatory tests will take place on Friday, May 1, and will include a drive-through system for employees who are not scheduled to work.

This testing comes as a result of the Province of Ontario’s directive on April 21 to initiate proactive surveillance testing in all residences, including asymptomatic individuals, to understand the current status of COVID-19. In accordance with this directive, the Prescott and Russell Emergency Services has already began the active screening of several long-term care homes, with the assistance of their Community Paramedic program.