LONG SAULT – The region’s medical officer of health says only one of two COVID-19 cases at Woodland Villa came back as a false positive.
That means, there is still one positive case, meeting the criteria is still met for an outbreak declaration and response.
“It’s my understanding is that there was one individual that got retested that was negative. However, we are treating this as an outbreak. We spoke to the lab. The lab feels they were reliable tests. At this point, this is being treated as if they were (both) positive. I think it’s the best thing to do,” Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said Monday.
The doctor has previously addressed how fragile and vulnerable the situation is in long term care homes. An outbreak in Plantagenet started with one staff member falling ill then quickly swept through the facility in three weeks, with 39 positive cases and nine deaths as of Monday afternoon
Roumeliotis added that they are “not taking any chances” and are treating the false-positive as through they were a positive case. “We are treating them as though they were both positive.”
The residents at the Mille Roches Road long term care home were tested April 29 and two of those cases initially 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.
There are two other outbreaks in the region – one at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet and the other at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Center in Cornwall. A fourth outbreak, which is resolved, happened in April at a Prescott-Russell group home.