The Northwestern Health Unit has confirmed a new COVID-19 outbreak at Kenora’s Pinecrest Home for the Aged.

Assistant Administrator and Human Resources Manager with Pinecrest, Michelle Spencer, says the outbreak was declared after two positive tests were found in Unit 2.

As a result, visitor guidelines are as follows in Unit 2:

- 1 designated essential caregiver for COVID-19-positive residents,
- 4 designated essential caregivers for the remaining residents,
- No visitors under the age of 18 are allowed,

There are no changes for Units 1, 3 or 4.

This is Pinecrest’s fourth COVID-19 outbreak since June.

Staff are reminding the public to always wear a mask around their residents at all times. In Ontario, masks are still considered mandatory in long-term care and retirement homes.