He says he and his family are taking it “day to day” as the long-term care home faces a COVID-19 epidemic that claimed the lives of two residents and infected dozens of others .
” It’s stressful. I will not lie. Every day … you just sit on the edge of your seat, and hold your breath, hoping something will give you, and she’ll be fine, “said Pacey.
“It is disturbing when he sees the numbers increasing every day. “
Almost 50 cases
COVID-19 home confirmed two people were dead on Sunday at COVID-19 home, about 60 kilometers southwest of downtown Ottawa, on Sunday.
A resident had previously tested positive and died on Saturday, according to Dr. Rhonda Collins, chief medical officer of health for Revera, who operates the home. A second resident died on April 3, Collins said, but the local health unit only confirmed later that the death was due to respiratory illness.
A total of 29 residents and 19 staff from the Stoneridge Manor tested positive on Sunday.
Residents are getting their meals in their rooms and all of the group meetings have been replaced with individual activities, said Collins.
Staff are wearing full personal protective equipment, she added, and “improved cleaning” is underway.
Signs of support
People living near the facility painted large outdoor signs with donated paint to show support for residents and staff inside.
“We just crossed our fingers so it wouldn’t be as bad as what we’ve heard elsewhere. And we always have our fingers crossed, “said John Bailey, whose house faces the building.
Bailey started the neighborhood sign painting movement in the hope that people inside the nursing home could read messages of support from their windows.
“We are in a small town, so everyone knows someone. And so we just want to make sure they know we are supporting them in these difficult times, “said Chris Faraday, whose teens also painted placards.
“High mortality” among elderly residents
A statement by Dr. Paula Stewart, medical officer of health for Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, says their “experience” with COVID-19 in long-term care homes is “consistent with experience elsewhere”.
Another home in Almonte, Ontario was also involved in a COVID-19 outbreak that killed at least 14 residents.
“There is a high mortality among [local] residents with COVID-19 who are older and have underlying health conditions. The infection compromises their ability to get the oxygen they need from their bodies and they have no reservations, “wrote Stewart.
“It has been very difficult for families who have lost a mother, father, aunt, uncle or friend. “