Viral outbreak at Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge; COVID-19 tests pending

In this May 2015, file photo, the Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge on Montreal Road in Cornwall. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

Update 12:16 p.m. Thursday: Tests come back negative for COVID-19 and other viruses. Click here for the story.

CORNWALL – SD&G’s long term care home – Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge – has an “outbreak” of some sort of virus – possibly novel coronavirus.

“At this point, there’s four residents that have been tested and have symptoms and results are pending,” Dr. Paul Roumeliotis told reporters Wednesday afternoon.

The doctor says the residents are isolated and the long term care home on Montreal Road in Cornwall is taking precautions.

“The long term care facilities are the ones that are always hit disproportionately by these types of viruses, including influenza A and influenza B and so we want to be careful and results are pending,” he said.

Roumeliotis says they already have “circulating viruses” around and other facilities have outbreaks and have tested positive for the flu.

“Given the context and given the situation that we’re in, I can’t help but worry and hope that this is not COVID in that situation. We will keep an eye on that very closely.”

Roumeliotis also announced Wednesday that there are now 23 confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in SD&G and Prescott-Russell.

Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge has 132 beds in private and semi-private rooms.

The City of Cornwall says an outbreak management team is handling the situation and has “implemented the pandemic plan.” All residents are being screened for symptoms at least twice a day and staff are being screened twice per shift, including temperature checks.