County of Renfrew Notified of Positive Case of COVID-19 in Staff Member at Bonnechere Manor

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Renfrew — An employee at Bonnechere Manor long-term care home has tested positive for the COVID—19 virus.
Up until May 4th, testing had been restricted to people with COVID symptoms. However, with increased swab and lab capacity, the Home, with the assistance of paramedics, implemented surveillance testing of all residents and staff this past week. It was through this proactive testing that a positive result was found.
“It is with regret that we must announce that an employee of our long-term care home in Renfrew has tested positive for COVID-19,” said Warden Debbie Robinson. “Our best wishes are with the employee, who has no symptoms and we wish the individual a speedy recovery. This individual is isolated at their home to prevent the spread of infection to others. “
Residents and staff that were in contact with this individual have been notified and rigorous infection management practices and procedures remain in place. The Home has been working in close partnership with the Renfrew County and District Health Unit to ensure every possible step has been taken to protect residents.
The Home has been preparing for this potential eventuality and have closely followed both the local and provincial public health recommendations.
“Our residents and employees’ health and safety are our top priority and we will continue to follow the advice of our colleagues at Public Health to ensure our people are protected while providing care and delivering essential services to our residents”, said Director of Long-Term Care, Shelley Sheedy.