Agonizing at a distance: 13 people died and 51 died COVID-19 at Anson Place

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Thirteen people died and half of the residents tested positive for COVID-19 at the Anson Place care center in Hagersville, leaving family members worried and eagerly awaiting news.

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit confirmed on Saturday evening that 51 residents and 30 employees of the 101-bed long-term care home had COVID-19. The health unit has reported four more deaths and nine other confirmed cases since Thursday.

Anson Place is struggling to fill shifts since 30 employees are sick. The health unit and health center “are continuing to take action to contain the COVID-19 epidemic,” the health unit said in a statement.

Meanwhile, loved ones like Debi Noye from Nova Scotia spend the Easter weekend following the news and fearing the worst. Her mom, Bonnie Cochrane, turned 86 yesterday – the same day she was confirmed to have COVID-19. Noye tried to call the house and no one answered “what I understand”. The last time she heard, her mother was on oxygen.

“Agonism is the best way to describe it,” she said. “Terrible. Frustrating. You feel helpless. I receive all my information from second, third or fourth hand. “

Bonnie Cochrane, 86, is a retired nurse and resident of Anson Place. Her daughter says she tested positive for COVID-19, and all the family can do is wait for the news. (Debi Noye)

“I am not allowed to speak to someone who really cares for her, or who has seen her, or who can give me details. I just need to trust that she is taken care of. “

Anson Place, which is a long-term care home and a retirement home, has been one of the hardest hit facilities in the province since the start of the pandemic.

Residents have been isolated in their rooms and staff are wearing full personal protective equipment, the health unit said. Staff travel only to and from work and are isolated if not.

The health unit first said that many of the cases were from the funeral, although the family who organized the funeral disputed this. Ultimately, according to the health unit, origin matters less now than identifying and containing the clusters.

Noye said her mother, a retired psychiatric and operating nurse, has Alzheimer’s disease, so she’s not sure if she can talk on the phone. All she can do is sit and wait.

If the worst happens, “I can’t do anything but sit here in my apartment. It’s really difficult. Even though there are a lot of people with compassion and empathy, I feel very alone with this because I am physically alone with it. “

“Maybe if not, I would take the plane and go. But now my son can’t even come over and sit with me. “

Now a real storm is coming

Overall, Haldimand and Norfolk have 131 confirmed cases, of which 16 have recovered. All of his deaths from COVID-19 occurred at Anson Place.

Soon, the region will have another challenge. The counties of Haldimand and Norfolk are urging everyone who can to leave the shore of Lake Erie before a Monday storm that is expected to cause “extreme flooding”.

Haldimand recommends that people from the chalets leave them and return to their permanent residences. Those who live there permanently, said Haldimand County, should stay indoors.

“Those who do not leave risk being stranded in their homes or their homes when the region’s roads become impassable,” Norfolk warned in a press release.

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