Pembroke – Three residents of Mirmachi Lodge in Pembroke have now tested positive for COVID-19.
Renfrew County administration was notified Friday additional residentshave tested positive. The result is from the testing of residents in response to the first positive case. At this time, only one of the three people is exhibiting symptoms and all are stable and isolating in the Home’s isolation unit. All residents on Home Areas 2B and 3A are being isolated to their rooms for the time being as an added precaution.
Some 96% of the residents received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine on February 8th and are scheduled to receive their second dose on schedule. While a single dose of vaccine has been shown to significantly reduce serious illness, Dr. Robert Cushman, Medical Officer of Health for the Renfrew County and District Health Unit has noted the phenomenon where the labs have been reporting low-level positive tests in asymptomatic residents who have received the vaccine.
There are no positive cases among the staff. Miramichi Lodge staff were vaccinated Feb. 25th and essential care givers are scheduled to receive their vaccine this Saturday and Sunday.
Dr. Cushman has directed that only staff enter the home until further notice.
“Miramichi Lodge and the RCDHU are on high alert and kudos to the home’s staff who are taking all the necessary precautions to contain the outbreak,” he said.