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COVID-19 outbreak at Rainycrest Long-term Care Home declared over

The outbreak was first declared on Jan. 2 and a total of three residents and one staff member tested positive.

FORT FRANCES, Ont. - An outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term care home in Fort Frances has been declared over.

The Northwestern Health Unit initially declared an outbreak at the Rainycrest Long-term Care Home in Fort Frances on Jan. 2 after a resident tested positive for COVID-19.

A total of three residents and one staff member tested positive for COVID-19 during the outbreak.

“We continue to support, monitor and work with all staff, to consistently reinforce all infection prevention and control protocols,” a spokesperson with Rainycrest Long-term Care Home said in a media release.

“Staff cohorting, whereby staff members only work on a single unit, remains a priority. All staff continues with their seven-day testing schedule. Riverside continues to follow all guidelines of the Ministry of Long Term Care and Public Health directives to ensure everyone’s safety.”

All caregivers and essential staff are tested for COVID-19 every seven days and proof of a negative test is required before being allowed in the home.

“Visitors for palliative residents continue, and starting Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, one essential/designated caregiver will be allowed into the Home,” the spokesperson said.

“This along with our added protective measures will continue to enhance the Home’s ability to reduce the risk of transmission at this time. We continue to ask the public for their understanding and cooperation as it relates to visitor restrictions.”

“We recognize how emotionally difficult and challenging this pandemic has been on our residents and their loved ones. We thank everyone for their understanding and continued support as we continue to develop a coordinated, evidence-based and equitable approach in providing safe, quality and timely care to those we serve.”