Woodland Villa COVID-19 cases could be false positives; tests under review

Woodland Villa on Mille Roches Road in Long Sault. (Photo/Google Maps)

LONG SAULT – The regional health unit says it’s “looking into” the possibility a couple of positive novel coronavirus tests at Woodland Villa in Long Sault might actually be false positives.

Residents at the Mille Roches Road long term care home were tested April 29 and two of those cases came back positive two days later (May 1).

The Omni Health Care facility has put additional measures in place and has isolated all residents in their rooms at the 111 bed facility.

All the results for residents were back by Friday and the home was waiting for a few tests for staff, according to an email from administrator Janna Sabourin, obtained by Cornwall Newswatch.

Asked on Thursday about the status of those cases, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis addressed social media reports that the residents were being retested and they were possibly false positive cases.

“We’re looking into that. I’m looking into that. At this point, I consider the two positives and we’re looking into that right now,” Roumeliotis said.

Woodland Villa and Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet are still listed as facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks.

Roumeliotis says about two-thirds of their swabs are back from widespread testing at the region’s 19 long term care homes. There have been no additional institutional cases.

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