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Smith announces funding for local long-term care homes

Todd Smith 

Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, announced the Ontario government is investing $847,600 to increase prevention and containment efforts in nine local long-term care homes during the second wave of COVID-19.

“This new investment will further enhance the ability for these homes to protect vulnerable residents and the hard-working staff caring for them as we continue to weather this global pandemic,” Smith said. “We need to continue to be diligent in preventing the spread of COVID-19 while we continue to distribute vaccines to homes across the province.”

Homes in Bay of Quinte that will receive this additional funding include:
• Belmont Long Term Care Facility is receiving an additional $86,000, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $750,200.
• Crown Ridge Place is receiving an additional $48,000, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $378,100.
• H.J. McFarland Memorial Home is receiving an additional $70,100, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $451,700.
• Hallowell House is receiving an additional $80,500, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $709,300.
• Hastings Manor is receiving an additional $218,000, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $1,307,200.
• Kentwood Park Nursing Home is receiving an additional $66,900, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $393,900.
• Trent Valley Lodge is receiving an additional $182,500, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $484,300.
• West Lake Terrace is receiving an additional $50,700, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $380,500.
• Westgate Lodge Nursing Home is receiving an additional $44,600, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $431,000.

The new funding is to help reduce the risk of the virus from entering long-term homes by covering eligible expenses related to the following:

• An immediate 24/7 health checkpoint to confirm staff and essential caregivers entering the building are properly screened for COVID-19 symptoms and potential exposure and to continue screening residents on an ongoing basis to support early detection and containment of any new infections;
• Additional prevention and containment activities, such as hiring new staff to carry out the added workload for essential services and/or to replace workers who are sick or in isolation;
• Cleaning, equipment, and operating supplies beyond typical levels for the home;
• Implementing infection control measures based on clinical evidence, advice from a physician or other regulated health practitioner with expertise in infection control.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Ontario government has invested $1.38 billion to help ensure long-term care homes have the resources they need to battle COVID-19.

During the second wave, the province has enhanced testing requirements for long-term care homes, and deployed rapid tests through a proof-of-concept program, recognizing the importance of identifying a case of the virus before it can spread from the community into a long-term care home.

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