Another COVID-19 outbreak at a Sarnia nursing home

An outbreak of COVID-19 at Vision Nursing Home in Sarnia is over.

As Lambton Public Health declared the COVID-19 outbreak at Lambton Meadowview Villa over, it announced there was another problem in Sarnia’s Vision Nursing Home.

Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sudit Ranade, told reporters during a teleconference call Friday morning, Vision Nursing home has two staff members who have tested positive. He was not immediately able to say whether they were involved in direct patient care.

Ranade says public health is just beginning to investigate the cases and says Vision Nursing Home staff and residents were tested yesterday as part of a mass testing ordered by the province for Ontario’s nursing home.

“That’s going to give us a good picture as the days go on.”

At Meadowview, after the first worker tested positive, all staff and residents were tested. There have been no other cases and late Thursday, public health declared the Meadowview outbreak over. “The one staff member who was isolated and identified very quickly was not working in the time they had symptoms,” he says. And he says the home already had strict infection control measures which may have helped to quell the outbreak and kept the number of people infected to just one.

Friday at 11 am, there were 164 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 in Lambton County. Fourteen people have died, including six at Landmark Village in Sarnia. There are 39 people at the retirement home who have tested positive for the virus.

Ranade says public health believes 66 people have recovered. And he says he’s “reassured” the number of people testing positive is decreasing.

Across the province, there have been 13,519 people diagnosed with COVID-19 and 763 deaths. Fifty more people died yesterday of the disease according to statistics released by the provincial government. There are 910 people across the province in hospital who have tested positive for the virus; 243 people are in the intensive care unit and 193 on ventilators.

In Lambton County by Friday at 11am, there were 13 people who have tested positive with COVID-19 in hospital. Nine others are suspected of having the virus.