DAN CEARNS The Standard

KAWARTHA LAKES: The death toll at Pinecrest Nursing Home, due to a COVID-19 outbreak, has hit 29, but there are signs the nursing home is getting the outbreak under control.
The Bobcaygeon nursing home reported no new deaths between Friday, April 10th and Sunday, April 12th. The last reported death at the nursing home was on Thursday, April 9th.
Although we are facing new and unique challenges as we learn more about COVID-19, our front-line staff are well stocked with the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to provide clinical care and personal support. Our staff are also working hard to provide companionship to our residents while they are away from their families. I cannot thank our staff enough for their efforts and their continued dedication to our residents,” read a statement from Mary Carr, Pinecrest’s Administrator. “We continue to work closely with Public Health and the Ministry of Health to ensure all new and ongoing care directives are implemented and are clearly communicated to all staff. We are also committed to sharing crucial information with health authorities and other homes in the province so they can learn from our experiences.”
Ms. Carr added in another press release the community has really rallied to support the nursing home’s residents.
“Our community continues to be so generous to us, donating DVD players, TVs and free cable for our residents. Staff are delighted to open our windows for residents as community members park outside and play music for us during these sunny days. We are beyond grateful and couldn’t do this without their support,” she said.