Coronavirus: Peterborough Public Health completes testing in all long-term care homes

Peterborough Public Health says it has completed testing for the coronavirus in all eight area long-term care homes ahead of the province’s May 15 deadline.

On Tuesday night, the health unit stated all eight long-term care homes in its jurisdiction have been tested for the coronavirus. Medical officer of health Dr. Rosana Salvaterra said that includes nearly 1,000 residents and 1,000 staff in the city of Peterborough, Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation.

On Wednesday, Salvaterra said the focus is now on 12 retirement homes.

“We are on track to complete this by May 12,” said Salvaterra, noting staff in ER child-care centres will begin Thursday.

She says the enhanced surveillance has increased overall test numbers to close to 5,000, with the “vast majority” returning negative. As of late Tuesday afternoon, there were 67 confirmed cases in the health unit’s jurisdiction. Six of them have been hospitalized and there have been two deaths.

Outbreaks remain at Peterborough Retirement Residence, St. Joseph’s at Fleming long-term care and Extendicare Lakefield. An outbreak at St John’s Centre in Peterborough has been resolved, she added.

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