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Almonte Country Haven confirms 49 residents have COVID-19

The long-term care home was able to test all of its residents and staff members, thanks to new measures from the provincial government.

Almonte Country Haven now knows that 49 of its residents have COVID-19 after mass testing within its facility.

After 18 coronavirus-related deaths at the home, Administrator Carolyn DellaForesta says the staff remain vigilant in their care for their residents and the home is commending Public Health Ontario for its effort to continually test residents. 

"The health and safety of all residents and front-line staff is our number one priority and the care we provide is guided by the most up-to-date and accurate information we have regarding a resident’s health status," she said Thursday afternoon.

DellaForesta added that Almonte Country Haven as welcomed back four additional staff members to its care team in the last two days. 

Returning staff to the home have either:

Received two negative COVID-19 test results before returning to work
Have been symptom free for at least 24 hours and 14 days has elapsed since the first day they experienced symptoms

The home has also taken on seven nursing students since the beginning of April. 

"These students are highly skilled and have committed to stay with our team after the outbreak is over to ensure that our current staff have the rest and vacation time they need to recover," said DellaForesta. "We are incredibly grateful for our new staff and for our entire care team for giving so much time, energy, and compassion into the care of our residents.


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