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Some Caressant Care Listowel residents to be temporarily relocated to local hospitals

Six residents being relocated today at the number of COVID-19 cases associated with the home hits 91

LISTOWEL – The COVID-19 outbreak at Caressant Care in Listowel continues, and the nursing and retirement home says they are taking additional steps to further reduce the spread of the virus.

In a press release on Wednesday, Caressant Care stated that some residents from both the retirement and nursing home are being temporarily relocated (or decanted) to local hospitals “to ensure all residents’ care needs are being met.”

Today (Jan. 19), a total of six residents are being relocated. Additional transfers are being planned, the organization said. Family members of residents being considered for transfer will be contacted. Transfers are being done by the local ambulance service.

Stuart Oakley, communications and marketing manager at Caressant Care, said the decision to transfer residents was not taken lightly.

“We recognize that this is home for residents. The decision to transfer is not taken lightly,” he said. “Sadly, we have lost three cherished residents from our long-term care home; we mourn these losses, and we extend our deepest sympathy to their loved ones.”

According to Caressant Care, there are currently 91 cases associated with the Listowel home.

In long-term care, there are 40 residents and 19 staff that have tested positive. On the retirement home side, 25 residents and seven staff have tested positive.

Residents and staff who have not tested positive for COVID-19 received their first dose of the vaccine on Tuesday.

Residents on the retirement home side that are positive are being isolated in one wing of the home, and staff who care for those residents do not cross over to the remaining areas of the home to provide care, Oakley wrote in the release.

He further stated that Caressant Care is working with the Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance, Huron Perth Public Health, South West Local Health Integration Network and the Huron-Perth Pandemic Leadership Triad to help control the outbreak.

Oakley also noted that a “thorough cleaning of the home is done daily to reduce infection and a staffing plan is in place to ensure there is appropriate staff at all times to support residents.”

“We understand this is a challenging time for everyone and we appreciate the support of families, community, and care partners,” he said.