‘Tragic situation’ at Lancaster Long Term Care; two COVID-19 patients in care at WDMH

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — In his media briefing for January 18th, Medical Officer for Eastern Ontario Dr Paul Roumeliotis reported that the region has added 98 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend. Twenty were in Prescott-Russell, 34 in SD&G, and 44 in Cornwall. These new cases bring the cumulative total of cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,201 in Eastern Ontario.

There are 12 outbreaks ongoing in congregate living settings—Tsiionkwanonhso:te Long Term Care Home, Sandfield Place LTC, Lancaster Long Term Care, Woodland Villa, Glen Stor Dun Lodge, Maxville Manor, Foyer St-Viateur Nursing Home, Heritage Heights, Villa St-Albert, Riverview Manor, and Caressant Care Nursing Home. Five of the total outbreaks were added since January 14th — Heritage Lodge, St-Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre (Complex Care side), Foyer St Jacques Nursing Home, Chartwell Chateau Cornwall, and JMP2 2500 & 2600 Pods in the Cornwall Community Hospital. 

Below: Watch Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis’s Jan. 18 media briefing.

For the third consecutive week, Eastern Ontario recorded more deaths attributed to COVID-19. One of which was in Glen Stor Dun Lodge, and the other was in Lancaster Long Term Care — epicentre of an ongoing “tragic, tragic situation,” according to the doctor. The latest fatality in Lancaster represented the ninth death from the virus at that home. Forty-two out of the 47 staff are currently positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Tsiionkwanonhso:te Long Term Care Home in Akwesasne has also been enduring a dire situation since an outbreak began there in early December. There have been 13 positive residents, 10 positive staff, and four deaths there. 

Roumeliotis gave an update on the region’s progress with Phase 1 of the vaccine rollout. As of last week, the Doctor reported that Eastern Ontario has administered 1,200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Despite delays in deliveries, he still expects to complete the first round of congregate living vaccinations “well in advance” of the February 15th deadline. 

Centre D’Accueil Roger Seguin in Clarence-Creek will be the next congregate living home to receive vaccinations. 

Roumeliotis also revealed the hospital locations of the 31 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19: That number includes two patients under care at Winchester District Memorial Hospital — though not in intensive care because WDMH does not have ICU beds.

“WDMH has recently had some Covid-positive inpatients but they are not the first,” WDMH CEO Cholly Boland confirmed for NVN last week.

“We do not have an ICU so any patient seriously ill with Covid would be transferred to another hospital. We occasionally assist other hospitals, if needed, by accepting non-Covid patients from their areas. We are in regular communication with all hospitals in Champlain through a regional planning body. Any additional measures would be done through regional collaboration.”

In another development, Roumeliotis said that an investigation continues into a workplace connected with the COVID-19 death of a 61-year-old man employed at the operation — apparently the first working-age person to succumb to the illness in the region. The doctor indicated that he will have more to say on the subject and that the Ministry of Labour has become involved.



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