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COVID-19 Outbreak at Eastholme for the Aged

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For immediate release: May 18, 2020

COVID-19 OUTBREAK DECLARED AT EASTHOLME HOME FOR THE AGED

NORTH BAY, ON - The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has declared a respiratory outbreak at Eastholme - the causative agent is COVID-19. Aligning with the Ministry of Health guidelines for an outbreak in the long-term care home, a COVID-19 outbreak is declared with a single laboratory-confirmed case in a resident or staff member of a long-term care home. As part of the enhanced testing of long-term care homes Eastholme residents and staff were tested on May 12, 2020. The individual who tested positive is a health care worker at the long-term care home. The individual is currently in isolation. All test results for residents at Eastholme have been received and are negative for COVID-19.

“Our staff are working with Eastholme toprovide important public health direction,” said Dr. Jim Chirico Medical Officer of Health. “We know that older individuals are vulnerable, and it is important that we do our best to keep this population safe.”

Currently, there is no specific treatment for COVID-19. It is important to remember that most people with COVID-19 have no symptoms or mild symptoms. People who are mildly ill should isolate and care for themselves at home. Most will recover in one to two weeks by simply treating the symptoms.

If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario's Self-Assessment Toolto see if you need to seek further care. If you need further assistance call your health care provider or the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808. If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, you should call 911 and mention your symptoms.

 

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

 

For more information please visit myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19.

 

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Media Inquiries:

Alex McDermid, Public RelationsSpecialist
P: 705-474-1400, ext. 5221 or 1-800-563-2808
E: communications@healthunit.ca

 

 

 

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