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Northern area long term homes to get additional COVID-19 cash

Part of the funding will go toward an immediate 24/7 checkpoint to confirm staff and caregivers are properly screened for symptoms and potential exposures before entering the building, and for ongoing screening of residents
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MPP Vic Fedeli announced today that the government will spend over $1 million dollars to increase prevention and containment efforts in long-term care homes in Nipissing during the second wave of COVID-19.

“This funding will assist with stopping the spread of this virus and protect our most vulnerable and the staff who have been working tirelessly to keep them safe,” said MPP Fedeli.

The additional funding covers eligible expenses for:

  • An immediate 24/7 checkpoint to confirm staff and caregivers are properly screened for symptoms and potential exposures before entering the building, and for ongoing screening of residents. 
  • Hiring new staff to help with the added workload for essential services or to replace workers who are sick or in isolation.
  • Cleaning, equipment, and operating supplies beyond typical levels.
  • Implementing infection control measures based on clinical evidence, physician's advice, or other regulated health practitioners with infection control expertise.

Homes in Nipissing receiving additional funding during the second wave include:

  • Cassellholme is receiving an additional $152,000
  • Waters Edge Care Community is receiving an additional $384,200 
  • Eastholme Home for the Aged is receiving an additional $253,400
  • Algonquin Nursing Home is receiving an additional $176,800,
  • Nipissing Manor Nursing Care Centre is receiving an additional $46,000

Meanwhile, more than $850,000 has been announced to help long-term care homes in the Timiskaming-Cochrane area.

The breakdown for the funding is:

  • $108,600 for West Nipissing General Hospital in Sturgeon Falls
  • $54,400 for Au Chateau in Sturgeon Falls
  • $221,300 for Timiskaming Lodge in Haileybury
  • $39,900 for Extendicare Tri-Town in Haileybury
  • $$61,000 for Northview Nursing Home in Englehart
  • 62,500 for Teck Pioneer Residence in Kirkland Lake
  • $226,100 for Extendicare Kirkland Lake
  • $19,400 for Villa Minto in Cochrane

Maija Hoggett

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