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Three more Almonte Country Haven residents have died of COVID-19-related complications

Due to increased testing by Public Health and expanded criteria, including testing residents without symptoms who had been in close proximity to those with positive tests, the total number of confirmed positive cases at the home has increased to 36. 
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Three residents at Almonte Country Haven died since the long-term care home’s last update from COVID-19 related complications.

The total number of COVID-19- related deaths in the home now stands at 14, Almonte Country Haven has confirmed.

These numbers have been updated as of Sunday since Saturday.

“Our thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones,” Carolyn DellaForesta, administrator at Almonte Country Haven wrote in a statement Sunday.

Due to increased testing by Public Health and expanded criteria, including testing residents without symptoms who had been in close proximity to those with positive test, the total number of confirmed positive cases at the home has increased to 36. 

Public Health has again expanded its testing criteria and will be swabbing all residents who have not yet been tested. The facility has been informed that in the next few days, Public Health will also be retesting residents who initially were positive for COVID-19, but who are not currently exhibiting symptoms and 14 days has lapsed since the onset of their initial symptoms.

“We commend Public Health for expanding their testing criteria to include all residents and retest those who are feeling better. 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,” DellaForesta stated. “We continue to work closely with our partners at Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Public Health to ensure all new and ongoing care directives are implemented and are clearly communicated to all staff.”

She added, “We continue to be in daily communication with provincial and local health authorities to ensure we are able to respond appropriately to the outbreak and share crucial information with other homes in the province. We have been proactive in sharing experiences specific to Almonte Country Haven with Public Health to inform best practices at the provincial level.”

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