Outbreak extended at the Golden Plough Lodge following confirmation of additional cases of COVID-19

Cobourg, ON – December 31, 2021 –  The declaration of outbreak at the Golden Plough Lodge (GPL) long-term care home has been extended after the results of whole-home testing this week confirmed that three additional staff members, as well as one resident, are positive for COVID-19. On December 26, confirmation of two positive cases of COVID-19 among staff led the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit to declare an outbreak at the GPL, in accordance with Ministry guidelines.

“Affected members of staff are currently on leave, in self-isolation, and we wish them a speedy recovery,” states Administrator Bill Detlor. “As an additional precaution beyond the infection control measures currently in place, the resident—who remains asymptomatic—has been transferred to a designated isolation space within the home, with care provided by a dedicated team exclusively cohorted with this individual. The safety of our residents and staff, and continued quality care and support of our residents, remains at the forefront of our every action as we navigate this outbreak.” 

Repeat whole-home testing will proceed as planned today as part of a risk mitigation protocol that includes careful staff self-monitoring, and active screening of residents each day. Visitor restrictions remain in place, with only one Essential Caregiver per resident permitted into the home at this time. Palliative care visits will be maintained, with full PPE.

Outbreak notifications for the Golden Plough Lodge are reported through the ‘Community Outbreak’ area of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit website at https://www.hkpr.on.ca/category/my-community/ outbreaks/.