Arnprior’s Grove nursing home declares COVID-19 outbreak

Special to WC Online

ARNPRIOR – Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) staff are confirming a COVID-19 outbreak at The Grove Nursing Home.

“This past weekend under the guidance of Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU), a COVID-19 outbreak was declared at The Grove Nursing Home,” ARH communications manager Melissa McDermott released in a statement today (Jan. 17). “There is currently confirmation of two positive staff cases associated with the outbreak and no other confirmed cases at this time.”

The outbreak has not changed access to the home for visitors or essential caregivers.

“In partnership with RCDHU and Arnprior Regional Health’s Infection Prevention and Control and Occupational Health and Safety teams, The Grove has implemented the necessary outbreak protocols to protect the health and safety of residents and staff,” McDermott said.

This includes:

  • Contact tracing and testing
  • PCR testing of all residents
  • Enhanced cleaning of high-touch areas
  • Recreation programs have been paused
  • Increased PPE measures for staff

“The Grove also continues with its precautionary measures of regular surveillance testing (via rapid antigen testing), active screening upon entry, and adherence to its mandatory vaccination policy,” McDermott said.

This is the second COVID-19 outbreak for The Grove. Staff declared one on Oct. 22, 2020, although there were no confirmed cases in follow up testing.

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