COVID-19 outbreak at Frontenac County long-term care home, two cases in Kingston

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An outbreak has been declared at a long-term care home in Frontenac County after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. 

A woman in her 40's who is an employee at Fairmont long-term care home in Frontenac County tested positive for the virus, one of two new cases in Kingston-area on Thursday. 

Fairmont is run by Frontenac County and its the first case reported at the home since the pandemic began. The County said in a statement the employee was in isolation. 

"This is a very serious but not unanticipated turn of events," County spokesperson Matt Mills said in a statement. 

"Fairmount staff are prepared. We have implemented full outbreak protocols and are taking every step to protect our residents and staff from the effects of the disease and from further spread of infection," he said. 

Staff are also self-isolating out of an abundance of caution, Mills said, and families of residents have been contacted as work continues with officials from Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health.

“We had hoped to avoid this contingency at Fairmount but we put the time we had to good use preparing for this to happen,” Frontenac County CAO, Kelly Pender, said in a statement. 

We have plans in place to adapt to the absence of the staff members who are in isolation. We are taking every step to ensure the outbreak is contained, and we’re doing it without compromising the high level of care and respect we expect for our residents.”

Providence Manor is the only long-term care home within Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health to experience an outbreak back in April, but it was quickly declared over after a false positive test from one of the residents. 

A second case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Kingstion in a man in his 60's on Thursday, while nine patients also recovered from the virus, leaving 14 active cases as of Friday morning.

-With files from CTV's Kimberley Johnson