Lambton long term care resident dies of COVID-19

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Lambton Public Health officials say one of two people who have died of COVID-19 was a resident of long term care.

Two people one in their 90s, the other, a long term care resident in their 80s, passed away yesterday. They are among the 35 people who passed away across the province.

There are at least 132 people either working or living in long term care homes who are currently COVID-19 positive in six different homes now in outbreak.

At Trillium Villa there are 24 residents and 23 staff ill at the 152-bed home. At Fiddicks in Petrolia 11 residents and 16 staff are ill and at Sumac Lodge20 residents and 12 staff are COVID-19 positive.

Across the province, there are 311 homes in outbreak with over 1,900 residents and 3,600 staff who are COVID-19 positive. There have been nine more long term care residents who have died.

At Bluewater Health, there are 35 people with COVID-19 including seven people in the ICU. Chief of Staff, Dr. Mike Haddad, says not only are there fewer people in the ICU, the staffing levels have also improved. “Thanks to the community for helping to slow the tide,” says Haddad on social media.

Ontario is reporting 3,630 COVID hospitalizations, with 500 people in intensive care and more than half on ventilators.