Outbreaks at two Lambton nursing homes worsening

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File Photo Village on the St. Clair, Sarnia

There are now 21 residents and six staff at Village on the St. Clair Retirement Home in Sarnia who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The numbers were reported by Lambton Public Health Wednesday.

That’s an increase of three residents and one staff member from yesterday.

Twin Lakes Terrace has also registered more residents at the nursing home with COVID-19 – public health says there are now 15 people and two staff members at the long term care home who tested positive. Another staff member on the retirement home side also tested positive.

Lambton Public Health and Bluewater Health are working with Steeves and Rozema – the company which owns the two homes – on infection control, testing and deploying cleaning staff.

Fairwinds Lodge is also dealing with multiple COVID-19 diagnosis. Five residents and two staff members have tested positive for the virus.

In all, eight long term care homes in Lambton are in outbreak – one less than yesterday. North Lambton Lodge in Forest is no longer in outbreak. One of its residents tested positive for COVID-19 during a hospital stay.

The province has also passed a grim milestone; over 3,000 residents of long term care have died of COVID-19. Today, Public Health Ontario says 3,063 seniors have died. Ten workers in the long term care homes have also passed away because of COVID-19.

Sixty per cent of the deaths in Ontario have been in long term care homes.