Petrolia retirement home has COVID-19 outbreak

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Officials with Fiddicks in Petrolia say they are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.

In a Facebook post this morning, Director of Resident Care Mandy Judah says a resident is in isolation with COVID-19. No other residents or staff have tested positive right now, she added in an email to The Independent.

Judah could not confirm the resident has been taken to hospital. Bluewater Health’s COVID-19 page shows a person was admitted to hospital with the virus yesterday from the retirement home.

“Rest assured that we have taken swift action to halt the spread of the virus through rigorous infection management practices and procedures,” Judah wrote adding the home is working with public health to protect the residents.

“The health and safety of our residents, and the team members who serve them, is our highest priority.”

Judah adds the home is experienced in managing respiratory illnesses. “We have also isolated the other residents on the floor as appropriate and have assigned dedicated staff who are only working in that area,” Judah says.

“We know isolation can be very hard on our residents and we are focused on providing them with the best possible care during this difficult time. Our staff are going above and beyond to ensure our residents’ well-being.”

Lambton Public Health’s website does not yet reflect the case in the Petrolia home. It’s data shows there are no active cases right now and the outbreak at Twin Lakes Terrace has been resolved.