STRATFORD – Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) has learned of four additional positive cases of COVID-19 at Cedarcroft Retirement Home; three of these cases are in residents, and one is in a staff person.
HPPH was also saddened to learn of the passing of another resident at the home. The resident, who was in palliative care, had tested positive for COVID-19.
“I’m sorry to hear of this loss,” said Dr. Miriam Klassen, Huron Perth medical officer of health. “Our hearts are with the person’s family, friends and caregivers during this time.”
HPPH continues to work closely with Cedarcroft to support case and contact management and infection control. As of Nov. 4, there are 13 confirmed cases associated with this outbreak – 10 residents and three staff. All affected residents continue to be cared for at Cedarcroft.
Testing of all residents and staff at Cedarcroft has been completed. Should any residents or staff develop symptoms, they will be tested again. If new cases are identified, close contacts may also be tested whether symptomatic or not.
HPPH continues to actively investigate the outbreak, including how well public health measures were followed in the home to limit the spread of the virus.
“We are concerned to see this level of spread in a facility at this point in the pandemic and need to understand why this level of spread has occurred,” said Klassen.
Cedarcroft continues to maintain all outbreak measures to protect their staff and residents, and HPPH continues to support them during this time. According to the Ministry of Health, an outbreak in a retirement home may be declared over when there are no new cases in residents or staff after 14 days.