Leadership of Kenora’s Pinecrest says 25 residents are dealing with positive COVID-19 results and are in isolation.

Michelle Spencer, Assistant Administrator and Human Resources Manager with Kenora District Home for the Aged, says the COVID-19 outbreak was initially declared on June 9, which was communicated to residents, staff and families, but not the public as a whole.

Spencer says to date, there has been a total of 25 residents who have tested positive for the virus. As a result, the following restrictions are now in place:

- One designated essential caregiver per resident,
- Day and overnight trips have been placed on hold until further notice,
- COVID-19 negative residents may access outdoor areas with essential caregivers,

“We would like to commend all of our amazing staff for their hard work, not only during this outbreak, but for the work they do daily.   In addition, we would like to thank all of the residents and families for their support,” adds Spencer.

The Northwestern Health Unit says Pinecrest is one of three active COVID-19 outbreaks in local long-term care homes. It’s currently unknown which other two facilities are facing an outbreak.