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Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury. Photo: James Morgan

Red Cross and paramedics helping solve staffing shortage due to COVID-19 outbreak at Prescott and Russell Residence

As of the afternoon of Monday, October 19, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) reported that there had been a cumulative 48 cases of COVID-19 at the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury.  Out of the 48 cases, 31 were in residents, and 17 cases were in employees.  As of October 19, 15 of the cases were resolved.

The UCPR also reported on Monday afternoon that Canadian Red Cross personnel are also at the Prescott and Russell Residence, assisting with infection prevention and control duties.

According to a social media post from the UCPR October 19, paramedics from both the UCPR and Renfrew County are also assisting at the facility due to a shortage of staff.  Since Sunday October 18, the UCPR has been sending six to 10 paramedics each day to assist at the facility.

Paramedics will assist at the Prescott and Russell Residence as long as it is necessary.

As of Monday afternoon, October 19, there were no other outbreaks of COVID-19 at long-term care facilities or retirement homes within the Town of Hawkesbury.

James Morgan

James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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