COVID-19 outbreak declared at Sudbury’s Pioneer Manor after resident tests positive
SUDBURY -- Officials in Sudbury have confirmed a resident of another long-term care home in Sudbury has tested positive for COVID-19.
Public Health Sudbury & Districts is confirming that a male in his 70s has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. As per guidelines from the Ministry of Health, a COVID-19 outbreak must be declared upon discovery of a single confirmed case in either a resident or a staff member.
"It was for this exact reason that we proactively tested all residents and staff at Pioneer Manor to determine if we had asymptomatic residents or staff in our facility, and if found, to stop the spread," said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger in a statement. "Although concerning, after all of the precautions and controls that staff have put in place to prevent the spread of the virus, the identification and isolation of asymptomatic people is the best way to protect our residents and staff throughout this crisis.”
According to Aaron Archibald, the director of long-term care services at Pioneer Manor, the resident is no longer experiencing symptoms and is doing well.
“The risk of infection in the home remains low,” said Archibald in a news release. “All 423 residents and 432 staff of the home have been tested. This is the only positive test result to date, and numerous negative results have already been received for residents in the same area of the home. We will continue to enhance precautions, and I am confident in the expertise and experience of the staff at Pioneer Manor to safely manage this situation.”
Dr. Penny Sutcliffe said in the release that no positive cases have been found in any staff to date.