Sudbury Retirement Residence Reports Death Linked to COVID-19 Outbreak

A retirement home in New Sudbury is at the end of a serious COVID-19 epidemic that claimed the life of one of its residents.

A source told the Sudbury Star that the outbreak at Chartwell’s Westmount retirement residence on William, which was declared by Sudbury & Districts Public Health on November 5, resulted in a “complete lockdown” of the facility.

The health unit said there were 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated with the outbreak, while Chartwell said it confirmed 26 cases among residents and two among staff members.

In a statement released Nov. 24, the long-term care home said almost all cases associated with this outbreak have been resolved and it has worked diligently to follow all public health guidelines to bring the situation under control. .

“Overcoming the COVID-19 outbreak at Chartwell Westmount sur William is our top priority,” said Sharon Ranalli, vice president of marketing and communications at Chartwell.

“Unfortunately, a resident died in the hospital. Our condolences go out to their families and loved ones, as well as their fellow citizens and staff for the loss of this community member. ”

Ranalli confirmed that the outbreak resulted in a “restriction of visitors” to the retirement home, but did not provide specific details.

“All residents stay safe in their individual suites and meals are delivered to them,” she said.

“We have strengthened infection control and cleaning protocols in place and ensure the availability and use of PPE for staff.”

The health unit said the outbreak has yet to be declared over, but once it is, “the residence can resume visiting.”

“Public Health has contacted various community partners, such as home and community care, the Specialized Geriatric Center of North East and Health Science North, to ensure the maintenance of the mental health and well-being of the residents,” said a spokesperson.

Chartwell added that all staff who work at the Westmount sur William retirement residence are vaccinated in accordance with the company’s mandatory vaccination policy.

“We appreciate the concern for our residents, their families, staff and the community and would like to especially thank our staff for supporting our residents during this outbreak,” Chartwell said in a statement.

“We know that ongoing infection prevention and control practices, as well as the administration of third doses to vulnerable populations, are extremely important as we continue to live with COVID-19 in our communities. ”

The company said it expects the outbreak to be declared over soon.

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