Chartwell Muskoka Residents test Negative for Covid-19 Following Outbreak Status; 1 Staff pending

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Agatha Farmer

Chartwell Muskoka Traditions Retirement Residence Covid-19 tests have come back negative for all 74 residents. The Huntsville facility's only positive case is a female in her 90's who has been in hospital since May 2.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit also confirmed that 34 out of 35 staff have tested negative for Covid with one staff result still pending.

On May 5 Chartwell Muskoka Retirement Residence was declared in outbreak status by the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit when a 90 year old resident tested positive for Covid-19. Testing of residents and staff was done by local doctors and paramedics on May 7.

Chief medical officer of Simcoe Muskoka Dr. Charles Gardner said that the home will remain in outbreak status for 14 days from the last confirmed case which was reported on May 2.

Shortly following the outbreak Chartwell Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Sharon Ranalli said that the retirement home is "following infection control protocols, enhanced resident monitoring including temperature and symptom checks, active screening of staff, isolation strategies in the building and the use of PPE. We will continue to follow all recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer and Public Health."

This week on May 12 during a press conference Dr. Gardner confirmed that required control measures have been assessed at Chartwell Muskoka by Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare and they noted that everything is in place for infection prevention and control.

On May 13 the district of Musoka also reported that Covid-19 surveillance testing done at the Pines Long Term Care home between May 4 and May 7 in Bracebridge has come back negative for all 310 residents and staff who had been swabbed at the facility.

Today the health unit reported another community acquired case in Bracebridge - a male in his 60's tested positive. The total number of Covid-19 cases in Muskoka stands at 19, out of which 16 have recovered.

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