Dwindling vaccine supply now going to nursing home residents exclusively, with staff left unvaccinated at several Eastern Ontario LTC facilities

Natascha Wood

Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — The region has seen a downward trend in the number of new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, said Dr Paul Roumeliotis in today’s media briefing (January 25th). There have been 47 cases added, bringing the cumulative number of cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,380. 21 were in Prescott-Russell, 8 were in SD&G, 16 were in Cornwall, and 2 were in Akwesasne.

There are now 17 outbreaks in congregate living settings across Eastern Ontario. They are in the Tsiionkwanonhso:te Long Term Care Home, Lancaster Long Term Care Home, Woodland Villa, Glen Stor Dun Lodge, Maxville Manor, Sandfield Place LTC, Riverview Manor, Heritage Lodge, St-Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre (Complex Care side), Foyer St Jacques Nursing Home, Cornwall Community Hospital JMP2 2500 & 2600 Pods, Chartwell Chateau Cornwall, Baldwin House, Pinecrest Nursing Home, Iakhihsohtha Lodge, Valoris-211 Russell Road, and Rideau Place. Outbreaks in Heritage Heights and Caressant Care Nursing Home were declared over on the 24th and 25th.

See the doctor’s full Jan. 25 media briefing, below.

There have been two more deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Lancaster Long Term Care Home, where already 9 residents have tragically passed away since the outbreak began there on December 18th. The Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health expects to vaccinate residents in Lancaster Long Term Care Home this week, which will hopefully protect the vulnerable people there from future outbreaks. Staff, however, will have to wait, due to the delays in deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine, and that’s been the case at several LTC facilities in the region.

At the first seven high-risk nursing homes to see the vaccine, both staff and residents did receive their first doses. However, a more recent directive from the government to only vaccinate residents for the time being means that staff have had to do without at nine other long-term care homes — including Lancaster Long Term Care Home — until Canada procures more vaccines.

While there will be no deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine this week, Roumeliotis confirmed that Eastern Ontario will at least be receiving 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine.

 

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