Ontario Increases Protection in Peterborough-Kawartha Long-Term Care Homes

Published on January 27, 2021

MPP Dave Smith announced the Ontario government is investing an additional $613,300 to increase prevention and containment efforts in long-term care homes in Peterborough-Kawartha during the second wave of COVID-19.

The new funding will reduce the risk of the virus from entering long-term care homes from the community by covering eligible expenses related to:

  • 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; and
  • Implementing infection control measures based on clinical evidence, advice from a physician or other regulated health practitioners with expertise in infection control.

Homes in Peterborough-Kawartha receiving additional funding during the second wave include: 

 

  • Extendicare Lakefield is receiving an additional $98,200, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $667,200
  • Extendicare Peterborough is receiving an additional $56,800, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $519,400
  • Fairhaven is receiving an additional $166,600, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $944,400
  • Riverview Manor Nursing Home is receiving an additional $94,000 bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $814,600
  • Joseph's at Fleming is receiving an additional $200,700 bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $1,109,700

“Our long-term care staff and residents have worked hard during this pandemic to keep themselves and their loved ones safe,” said MPP Dave Smith. “Our homes should have the resources they need to ensure our homes are clean, safe and protected from Covid-19. This funding accomplishes just that,” added MPP Dave Smith.

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

“We will continue to do everything we can to help stop the spread of this virus and protect our most vulnerable and the staff who have been working tirelessly to keep them safe,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “From the start of the pandemic, we have taken quick and decisive action to make sure that homes have access to the resources they need to care for our loved ones.”