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Local senior homes getting money for COVID-19 containment

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Journal Staff

Ontario said today eight Sarnia-Lambton long-term care homes are getting an additional $1.5 million to help prevent and contain COVID-19.

The money can be used to set up health checkpoints, for additional cleaning and equipment, or to hire new staff to do essential services or replace workers who are off sick or in isolation, said MPP Bob Bailey.

The homes getting new funding are:

AFTON PARK PLACE in Sarnia is getting $189,400, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $769,600.

FIDDICK’S NURSING HOME, Petrolia, $330,200, bringing the total support to $668,400.

LAMBTON MEADOWVIEW VILLAGE, Petrolia, bringing the total support since to $738,500.

MARSHALL GOWLAND MANOR, Sarnia, $85,500, total support $710,900.

SUMAC LODGE, Sarnia, $85,000, total support $745,400.

TRILLIUM VILLA NURSING HOME, Sarnia, $396,800, total support $838,600.

TWIN LAKES TERRACE, Sarnia, $140,900, total support $439,900.

And VISION NURSING HOME, which is receiving an additional $199,800, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $925,200.

All of those homes have had outbreaks this month.

Eight outbreaks are currently under way, Lambton Public Health said this morning. They include Landmark Village (2 staff); Twin Lakes Terrace (17 residents, 5 staff); Vision Rest Home (29 residents, 5 staff); and Village on the St. Clair (27 residents, 12 staff, 3 deaths).

Outbreaks are also under way at Bluewater Health and the Sarnia Jail.

Since the start of the pandemic, the province has spent $1.38 billion trying to contain COVID-19 in long-term care homes.

The number of active cases in Sarnia-Lambton has been easing recently, from a high this month of 323 on Jan. 5 to 159 active cases today.

Ten people in hospital currently test positive for COVID-19.



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