The virus that causes COVID-19 continues to have a devastating impact on Sarnia’s Vision Nursing Home, with one more death and four new infections among residents reported this morning.
Lambton Public Health says three residents of the 146-bed long-term care residence have now died of COVID-19. Eight residents and two staff have been infected.
Across Sarnia-Lambton, the number of confirmed cases has jumped to 200. That’s up six from Saturday in the largest one-day increase since April 27.
The death toll now stands at 17.
The sad news comes just days after senior administrators at Vision had expressed hope the outbreak, with no new cases having appeared for some time, would be declared over this weekend.
The outbreak began April 23.
As The Journal reported Friday, three managers and a number of staff have made the sacrifice of leaving their own families to live and work at the home while caring for elderly residents in the hard-hit Superior unit.
Countywide, three more people have recovered, bringing the total to 136, the health unit said.
More than 4,100 tests have now been administered, with 5% coming back positive.
At Bluewater Health, seven patients are being treated for COVID19, the lowest total in a month. Another 11 cases are suspected and awaiting results.