COVID-19: Outbreak declared at Golden Plow Lodge long-term care facility in Cobourg, Ontario. – Peterborough | The Canadian News

Over the weekend, a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in a long-term care home in Cobourg, Ontario.

According to Northumberland County, two employees at the county-run Golden Plow Lodge tested positive for COVID-19 and the Haliburton District Health Unit, Kawartha Pine Ridge has declared the 151-bed home in an outbreak.

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“Our infection control team has been in action quickly, implementing outbreak management protocols to minimize any opportunity for transmission of this virus within the home,” stated Home Manager Bill Detlor.

“We are taking every precaution to keep residents and staff safe during this outbreak, and we will continue to be vigilant to follow ministry directives and infection control practices that we know are effective in defending against COVID-19.”

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All residents and staff will be screened for COVID-19 using the PCR diagnostic nasal swab method, and repeat testing will run from December 31 to January 31. 1, Deltor said.

He noted that infection prevention measures continue, including daily symptom detection and monitoring, mandatory personal protective equipment for staff at all times, pooling of residents and staff, and improved cleaning protocols.

Once out of the outbreak, the home will revert to rapid antigen testing of staff twice a week, in line with Health Ministry protocols, Deltor said.

The long-term care facility has had multiple outbreaks since the pandemic, the last reported in early April 2021.

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