COVID-19 outbreak at Highland Wood declared over

The Highland Wood Long-Term Care home. Photo by Joseph Quigley.

A COVID-19 outbreak at Highland Wood Long-Term Care is over.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit issued the all-clear Nov. 29 after declaring an outbreak Nov. 20.

Two residents tested positive for COVID-19, with six residents in isolation at the time the outbreak was declared. During the outbreak outside guests, except essential caregivers, were not permitted at the home.

“It is a testament to the hard work and diligence of our staff, as well as the understanding and cooperation of residents and their family members, that this outbreak was brought to a swift end,” said Carolyn Plummer, President and CEO of HHHS in a Nov. 29 media release. “We appreciate everyone’s contributions and support.”
Visitors are now permitted back at the home.

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) measures such as mandatory masking for staff in resident areas, mandatory vaccination of staff and essential caregivers, daily surveillance testing of all non-residents and COVID-19 screening before entry, as well as enhanced cleaning will all still be in place.