The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Hyland Crest long-term care home in Minden.

In a press release Feb. 1, Haliburton Highlands Health Services said two essential caregivers tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The outbreak is as of Jan. 31.

HHHS said it has implemented stringent infection control measures since the pandemic began, such as screening everyone entering the building, regular surveillance testing, limiting visitors and ensuring adequate protective equipment. It said it has added additional outbreak control measures to that, including testing all residents and potentially exposed individuals, isolating any residents experiencing COVID symptoms and limiting admissions and discharges.

“We have been preparing for this possibility, knowing that even with the most rigorous infection prevention and control measures in place, COVID-19 is a very contagious virus. HHHS remains committed to providing the best care and support possible for residents and their families,” HHHS president and CEO Carolyn Plummer said. “We are grateful to our staff and management team for their extraordinary and continued vigilance in the implementation of protective measures and for the guidance and assistance we have received from our local Public Health unit and health service provider partners.”

The Highlander will update this story as more information is released.

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