Bracebridge retirement home taking added protective steps after four residents develop mild symptoms

Four have been isolated as a precaution

Officials at the Pines Long Term Care home in Bracebridge are taking added steps to protect residents after four of them began showing symptoms of illness.

“We are sharing this development because we know our community is concerned about the spread of COVID-19 and how it may impact residents and staff at the Pines Long-Term Care Home,” said District Chair John Klinck.

The four residents began developing mild respiratory symptoms on Tuesday. Family members were notified and those residents have been moved to an isolated area for monitoring.

As staff continue to monitor these residents, it continues to take the following protective steps:

  • Restricting all visitors, volunteers and non-essential health care personnel from visiting the facility, except for compassionate reasons such as end-of-life situations.
  • Actively screening all residents twice daily
  • Actively screening all health care personnel for respiratory symptoms including actively checking temperatures for a fever at the beginning of each shift. Anyone with these symptoms will not be permitted to enter the facility at any time.