As of Tuesday, October 20, COVID-19 outbreaks remained in effect at five long-term care facilities and retirement homes across the jurisdiction of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU).

On the afternoon of October 20, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) confirmed that the outbreak at the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury remained at a total of 48 positive COVID-19 cases affecting 31 residents and 17 employees, and that 15 cases are now resolved.  As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 33 active cases.  One death has also resulted from the COVID-19 outbreak at the facility.

A statement from the UCPR explains that the Residence is communicating directly by phone with the contact person for each resident affected by the current situation.  The UCPR will continue to publish an update on the situation, including case numbers, each afternoon after the families have been contacted.

Complete COVID-19 testing of all residents and staff was conducted on Tuesday afternoon by paramedics. It will take four to six days to receive the results. The UCPR statement on Tuesday explains that one of the reasons for the increase in case numbers over the last few days is due to employees who have been tested individually outside the Residence.

The Canadian Red Cross is on site and will be finalizing their workforce deployment plan on Wednesday morning. Their staff will be in place by the end of the week.

UCPR paramedics have been assisted by paramedics from Renfrew County with an effort to provide six to 10 paramedics per day to assist with personnel needs at the Residence.

On October 19, Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said that the EOHU had no reports to substantiate a rumour that a Prescott and Russell Residence employee with COVID-19 went to work at the facility while sick.

As of October 19, a COVID-19 outbreak affecting nine residents and two employees at The Palace Retirement Home in Alexandria remained in effect.  All residents and staff at The Palace were tested again during the previous weekend.  Roumeliotis said that EOHU staff have visited the Prescott and Russell Residence and The Palace to examine their infection control measures.

Additional COVID-19 outbreaks were in effect on October 20 at The Palace Retirement Home in Alexandria, Foyer St-Jacques in Embrun, and in Cornwall at Sandfield Place Retirement Home and St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre (Kane House).  Roumeliotis said on October 20 that the cases at Sandfield Place and St. Joseph’s/Kane House were detected when patients were hospitalized for other reasons.