COVID outbreak over in Petrolia nursing home

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An outbreak at a Petrolia long term care home is over after nearly a month.

Fiddick’s has been dealing with an outbreak of COVID since Dec. 30. Fourteen residents and 28 staff tested positive for the virus over the course of the nearly month long outbreak.

Lambton Public Health declared the outbreak over yesterday.

Despite almost all long term care residents and staff being fully vaccinated and boosted, the COVID-19 variant Omicron is highly transmissible and creeped into local homes.

Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sudit Ranade, says for the most part the fact the residents in homes have had vaccine has reduced the severity of the illness. But he adds long term care home residents have also died in this wave.

There are still 13 outbreaks in Lambton right now including the largest outbreak at Trillium Villa where 58 residents and 37 staff were ill and another at Watford Quality Care where 15 residents and 15 staff are ill.

Lambton Public Health also reported another death today. During the pandemic 107 Lambton county residents have died of COVID 19 – 25 people in the last 28 days.