DAN CEARNS Local Journalism Initiative for The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon continues to report positive news about their current state following the COVID-19 outbreak. “Following Public Health’s retesting of residents earlier this week, I am pleased to report that many of our residents have tested negative for COVID-19. We are currently in the process of reaching out to families individually to update them on the status of their loved one. This news is uplifting for our staff, who continue to dedicate their time and compassion to the care and comfort of our residents,” read a statement from Administrator Mary Carr, sent to The Standard, on Friday, April 24th. Ms. Carr clarified, new information from the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit has found the COVID-19 death toll at the nursing home is actually 28 instead of 29, as one of the deaths was deemed unrelated to the virus. The situation at the nursing home continued to trend upward. “I am pleased to report no change in our home’s COVID-19 status since my last update. Our staff are working hard to reintroduce activities that our residents enjoy, while ensuring that all care directives from the province remain firmly in place,” Ms. Carr said, in a press release, on Monday, April 27th. Residents at the nursing home have also received a lot of support from the community. “I want to thank members of the Pipes and Drums of Lindsay and the Hasty Ps from Peterborough for visiting Pinecrest over the weekend. Music has a special way of lifting our spirits and bringing us together, especially after difficult times. I know our residents enjoyed this entertainment and we look forward to many more moments like this in the future,” Ms. Carr wrote. Bobcaygeon’s Town Crier also recently visited the site. “We are so grateful for moments like these, as the support of the community truly gives us the strength to keep moving forward,” Ms. Carr stated.