By Chad Ingram
A COVID-19 outbreak that had been declared at the Hyland Crest long-term care facility in Minden on Jan. 31 was declared over on Feb. 14.
The outbreak was declared after two essential caregivers tested positive for the virus. Tests for residents and staff came back negative on Feb. 3 and Feb. 6, respectively.
“Obviously this is a tremendous relief for everyone and a strong testament to the efficacy of infection prevention and control measures utilized by staff,” Haliburton Highlands Health Services CEO Carolyn Plummer said in a statement. “All of the protocols we have put in place, and the diligence of staff in ensuring their implementation, are what prevented the spread to residents and staff. I have the utmost gratitude for the team at Hyland Crest and all of our staff across the organization.”
Residents had been in isolation since the outbreak was declared, and will now be able to resume socially distant activities within the home.
Residents of Hyland Crest received a first round of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 10, and families will be notified about the date for the second round of vaccinations once it becomes available.