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Pinecrest Nursing Home, hard hit by COVID-19, says outbreak is over

BOBCAYGEON, Ont. — A long-term care home in Bobcaygeon, Ont., that saw 29 residents die of COVID-19 says the outbreak in the facility is officially over.

BOBCAYGEON, Ont. — A long-term care home in Bobcaygeon, Ont., that saw 29 residents die of COVID-19 says the outbreak in the facility is officially over.

Pinecrest Nursing Home, which has 65 beds, says all of its residents have been symptom-free for 14 days or more.

Pinecrest administrator Mary Carr says the facility will continue infection control measures, meaning it will remain closed to non-essential visitors, residents will still eat meals in their rooms and staff will keep wearing personal protective equipment.

Ontario's Ministry of Long-Term Care says 185 facilities were experiencing outbreaks as of Thursday, and just over 2,500 residents have been infected.

The ministry says 1,308 long-term care residents have died of the virus, as have five staff members.

On Wednesday, the provincial government issued a new emergency order allowing it to temporarily replace management at some long-term care homes struggling to contain COVID-19 outbreaks.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2020.

The Canadian Press