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Coronavirus Outbreak At Caressant Care in Lindsay Surges To Eight Positive Cases

KAWARTHA LAKES-As of this morning the number of positive cases of Coronavirus at Caressant Care on McLaughlin Road in Lindsay has grown to eight confirmed cases according to the health unit. There were four cases as of yesterday.

“As of the end of the day yesterday, we had confirmed results for six staff and two residents, total of eight.” Chandra Tremblay, Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, told Kawartha 411 News this morning.

Our sources said staff and residents were swabbed on Monday and results were now coming in.

“We are continuing to work with the facility and monitor the situation as it evolves.” Tremblay said.

The health unit declared an outbreak at the facility on January 9 after having one confirmed case.

As we told you previously the facility is short staffed according to our sources. Officials with the home said they are monitoring the situation.

“Staffing in the home is monitored daily and supports are in place for the home.” said Stuart Oakley, Communications and Marketing Manager, Caressant Care Nursing and Retirement Homes Ltd.  “Our focus continues to be caring for residents and stopping the spread of COVID-19.”

Our source says some staff have left due to fear of Coronavirus but pointed out that there was a staffing problem in long term care even before the pandemic began.

The Ontario government provided a short-term increase in pandemic pay for PSW’s in October. While staff in some homes have yet to receive the increase Oakley says staff at Caressant care has been properly paid.

“Pandemic pay as announced by the government in October is being paid to staff as appropriate.” stated Oakley.

We are continuing to follow up and this story and will have more as it develops.

 

 

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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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