COVID-19 outbreaks stretch resources at nursing homes – CBC

Social development critic and seniors advocate seek return of masking, other measures as holidays near

Dec 15, 2022

Nursing homes in New Brunswick are still dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks, prompting calls for more protective measures as the holidays approach.

At Loch Lomond Villa’s Village home in Saint John, 15 residents are in isolation, said CEO Cindy Donovan.

The 100-bed home also had a critical staff shortage due to COVID and other illnesses about two weeks ago, for a 10-day period

“It really did put a strain on us,” she said, adding that some staff worked overtime and pulled double shifts.

Donovan believes the outbreak is under control. The infected residents, who suffered fevers, congestion and poor appetites, are doing well, she said. She expected the isolation period for many of them to end by late Wednesday or Thursday.

But with holiday visiting quickly approaching, Donovan urges people to get vaccinated and to stay away from long-term care homes if they have any COVID symptoms or feel unwell.

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