COVID-19 outbreak declared over at Royal Terrace in Palmerston

Regional cases of virus up to 321 including 30 deaths; Wellington County has 52 cases and two deaths

PALMERSTON – Public health officials say a COVID-19 outbreak at the Royal Terrace Long-Term and Residential Care facility here has been declared over.

The declaration was announced as part of a May 8 institutional outbreak update by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH).

The Palmerston long-term care home was removed from the list for the first time since an outbreak was declared at the facility on April 22. One resident at Royal Terrace had tested positive for the virus.

Also declared over as part of the May 8 update is an outbreak at Village of Riverside Glenn in Guelph, which had one staff case.

Strathcona Long-Term Care in Mount Forest (one staff) is the lone Wellington County facility on the updated WDGPH list of four current outbreaks.

Earlier this week a COVID-19 outbreak at Caressant Care Fergus (one resident) was declared over.

An outbreak is defined as one or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 within a long-term care home, retirement home or hospital.

An outbreak is declared over 14 days after symptoms began in the most recent case and when no other cases are suspected.

The current WDGPH COVID-19 outbreak list is as follows:

  • Norfolk Manor, Guelph, 22 residents and seven staff members, including seven deaths;
  • Dufferin Oaks, Shelburne, four residents, six staff, two deaths;
  • Shelburne Residence, 55 residents, 27 staff, 18 deaths (16 resolved cases); and
  • Strathcona, one staff.

Current numbers

As of May 8, there are 321 cases, 147 resolved cases and 30 deaths in the WDGPH region.

In Wellington County there are 52 cases, 32 resolved cases and two deaths.

Since its opening on April 21, the Mount Forest assessment centre – located at the Mount Forest and District Sportsplex, 850 Princess Street – has assessed 190 patients and tested 184.

Public health officials say 2.2% of the patients tested in Mount Forest were positive, while 20.7% of those tested are still awaiting results, and the vast majority (77.2%) had tests that came back negative or inconclusive.

The total stats for all three regional COVID-19 assessment centres – Mount Forest, Guelph and Orangeville – are included in the image below.

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